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Monroe Community College (Medical Coding)
I am a mother of 3 deaf children (who was born hearing, but lost my hearing a few years ago)so sign language is used in our home on a daily basis. ASL is my preferred method of communication and what I have experience in tutoring. I worked at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY as a American Sign Language tutor for their sign language department for 2 years, while I was a student there. I tutored students in all ranges, from beginners to more experienced students. I also worked as a sign language interpreter in the educational setting for elementary through college level for 2 years. Since I learned sign language as a second language, English being my first, I can understand how a hearing person thinks and learns. Although I am myself now deaf, I can speak clearly.
My favorite method of teaching is to give a student little tricks to help remember how to sign things, as well as explaining why something is signed a particular way. When I was learning, these methods really helped me. I had to "make the language my own", so I needed ways to remember that maybe weren't traditional or weren't how a deaf person may learn, as that is a different style. ASL is a visual language, therefore, I attempt to help the student to "train their brain" to convert analog to visual, and visa versa.
I love the language, love tutoring, and am currently a stay-at-home mom that homeschools her 3 children (one of which is also mentally handicapped, so I am pretty creative with my teaching techniques) so my schedule is very flexible. I try to make the lessons fun and interactive, so that learning is not dreaded, but a pleasant experience that the student will look forward to. For me, tutoring is about the joy of teaching and seeing the student blossom. I am a mother of 3 deaf children (who was born hearing, but lost my hearing a few years ago)so sign language is used in our home on a daily basis. ASL is my preferred method of communication and what I have experience in
Margaret brings with her a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and a gift for making lessons both fun and educational. Her background in American Sign Language gives her a unique perspective and an understanding of the challenges a hearing student faces in learning a nonverbal language. I appreciate her helpful tips that aid in both comprehending the origin of a particular sign and remembering how to use it in the context of a sentence.
For me, effective teaching requires good communication skills, patience and a sincere interest in the progress of the student. Margaret exemplifies each of these qualities. She makes lessons both practical and fun. I am grateful for how she has helped me move forward in my knowledge and use of the language, particularly adapting lessons to my particular needs. I highly recommend her as a tutor for American Sign Language.
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I am a parent of 3 deaf children, am now deaf myself (became deaf 4 years ago) and have previous experience as a tutor in American Sign Language at Monroe Community College in Rochester NY for their sign language department. Martha McDonald was my supervisor and I can give you contact info for her as well as the department head Michael Weingart. Thank you and I look forward to working on WyzAnt.