The Deaf Ed program at Teachers College offers a way to create relationships and connections that foster my love for educating students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This program creates opportunities to explore what Deaf education means and how it will continue to evolve. As an individual who is Hard of Hearing, I was fortunate to receive services from an extraordinary Deaf educator throughout my childhood. Now, because of her, I have found my passion in life. My goal is to contribute something meaningful to the field of Deaf education.
Before I came to Teachers College, I was passionate about helping and working with people. When I started to learn American Sign Language and about Deaf culture, I became captivated and felt like pursuing a career in Deaf education was answering a long-awaited calling. The program at TC is offering me a wide range of perspectives and opportunities that I know will be applicable in any career path I choose. I am grateful for the way I have been challenged to consider new and different viewpoints, which will be especially useful in my future work in the education of students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Since I was a child, I always wanted to be a teacher. My background is in Childhood Education and from student teaching and studying abroad I developed a specific interest in communication and language. I am currently pursuing my M.Ed. in Deaf Education and Early Childhood Education. I chose TC because it allowed me to expand my interests and experience a variety of communication modes, from Listening and Spoken Language to American Sign Language and all that falls in between. I feel that being exposed to various philosophies and beliefs better prepares me to work with, communicate with, and teach my future students in a way that best meets their needs.
The TC Deaf Education program offers me a platform to find myself. This program not only supports my learning about Deaf culture, but also offers a chance to explore more advanced teaching modalities and important interventions in Deaf education. Teachers College in general and the Deaf Ed program in particular continuously refreshes my philosophy of education through what I am learning in each class, and through the diverse perspectives of my instructors and my cohort. I feel a sense of belonging as well as achievement here.
I fell in love with American Sign Language at a very young age. I learned this beautiful language in grade school, and was automatically intrigued to learn more. After heavily involving myself in deaf events, it made me realize being a part of the deaf community is somewhere I wanted to be for the rest of my life. As a full time student here at Teachers College, the Program in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing allows me to find different ways to fall in love with my passion day in and day out. This program has challenged me to consider the many options that are offered to a child with hearing loss. I have grown to understand that my future students will have unique and varied needs and strengths and the way I approach them as individuals will determine their success. As a student in the Deaf Education Program I am encouraged to think less about the fear of not knowing. Teachers College is granting me many opportunities to develop versatile teaching techniques that I will apply in my future classrooms. For that very reason, I am so happy that I chose TC. I hope you one day choose TC as well.
Throughout my childhood, I have always been interested in American Sign Language and Deaf culture and I always knew I wanted to be a special education teacher. In my undergraduate program I studied ASL as a foreign language, Early Childhood Education and Special Education. When I discovered that TC had a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Masters program, I knew this was where I should be! Throughout this program, I have learned many specific teaching strategies that gave me comprehensive knowledge in different communication modalities and settings. All my professors and mentor teachers have been huge advocates for my future career. This program has fully prepared me to be a teacher of the Deaf and I am truly excited to be pursuing my passion and begin working! Sometimes I think back to me as a young child, reading my own copy of my ASL dictionary. Who knew that same book would wind up on the shelves of my future classroom one day.
Entering into the educational field is a new journey for me. Since elementary school, I knew that I wanted to incorporate my love for American Sign Language into my career. Originally from New Jersey, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. I came to TC after finding the field of Deaf Education and realizing that TC is committed to giving students a bandwidth of ideas, theories, philosophies, and access to different communication modes. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Arts in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education. Beyond our program, TC is a great place to get involved in many clubs and athletics!
I am from Southern California and received my BA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego. After graduating, I worked as a special education paraprofessional in southeast San Diego for a few years and that experience motivated me to pursue a career in education. I learned ASL in high school and I wanted to combine that background with my previous work, which led me to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education program at TC. I am very passionate about social justice, ethnic studies, educational equity, and basketball, among a number of interests. Through the DHH program, I have learned more about deaf education and that has encouraged me to commit to being an advocate for deaf and hard of hearing children.