I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where I currently live. I am partially deaf, since birth. I communicate primarily using spoken language and listening. I am proficient in American Sign Language, which I did not start learning until I was 23 years old.
I earned a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Deaf Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.
Currently, I am a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Specialist for Dekalb County School District. I teach and provide support to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students (PreK - 12th grade). I am also known as an Itinerant Teacher or the "traveling teacher." I travel to different schools throughout the day working with various students. We work on developing auditory, self-advocacy, language, literacy, and other skills (in a small group or one-on-one).
I also work with teachers and staff members district-wide to ensure Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students have access to the curriculum and social functions at school.
My favorite part of the job is empowering teachers by sharing technology and strategies benefitting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing learners and encouraging them to think about how they can make learning more accessible.
When I am not working, I enjoy gardening, going to art shows, concerts, and getting into creative projects with my husband Jose.