While working in the school district as an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing, I put myself through school to obtain my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (PreK- 8). During my time with the district, I worked with many deaf and hard of hearing students after school in order for them to pass TAKS and later the STARR test in the area of math. The majority of my students were able to pass with commended.
I have been blessed to work with some amazing students. I have worked with 2nd graders in reading. One of these students has dyslexia and was a challenge; however, it was a challenge I rose to meet head on. The student was able to improve their reading level from Kindergarten to 1st in a one year period of working with them.
I also was able to work with a 10th grader in Algebra I. This student has ADHD, which caused me to use a variety of techniques to help the student remain focused during our sessions. The student started with a 36% in the class and managed to finish the year with an 82%.
I was blessed enough to meet an adult, who was hard of hearing needing to learn English as a second language. I was able to use techniques learned during my student teaching in order to help the student learn sounds, combination of sounds and rules for spelling, which ultimately helped the student communicate better in English.
I love the opportunity to work with others and help them see material in a different light. My ultimate goal is to make what they are learning in the classroom translates into the real world, so they have a better chance of retaining the material.
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