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About:  I learned how to sign when I was 6 years old as my elementary school has a Tripod Program (they mainstream deaf and hard-of-hearing children).  I was randomly placed in one of these classes in 1st grade and the rest is history!  I started interpreting for my classmates and friends in the 3rd grade and had my first Deaf teacher in the 4th grade.  Now, ASL in elementary school is a little bit different; the signs are based on English grammar (ASL has it's own grammar).  So, knowing that I wanted to become a teacher that incorporated ASL in the classroom or an interpreter, I took ASL in high school to learn ASL grammar.  It was there that I realized I wanted to teach ASL.  Summer 2010 I was hired at Rosary Academy in Fullerton to start their ASL program.  During my 5 years at Rosary, I started a successful ASL program that included ASL Levels 1-4, an ASL Club, and an ASL Honor Society that recognizes those students who contributed to the Deaf community and worked hard in ASL at graduation.

 

In 2014, I was a MLB, Target, People All Star Teacher Finalist for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  One of three finalists for each MLB team was chosen as an All Star Teacher and sent to the All Star Game that year.

 

Education: Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University

Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies - California State University, Northridge; Secondary Education Single Subject Teaching Credential - California State University, Northridge

 

Teaching Since: 2009

 

Teaching at MD since: 2015