I have had the honor of teaching ASL at Oxnard College since Fall of 2014, but initially began my career at OC back in 2010 as an ASL/English interpreter working with our deaf student population. I earned my Bachelor's degree and teaching licensure in Deaf Education from Radford University and later received a Masters in Interpretation from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. As a hearing person, it was an invaluable experience to attend this esteemed university for the Deaf, and one that molded me significantly into the instructor I am today. I strive to expose students to the vibrant Deaf community, and to instill in them a respect and appreciation for both the language and its users. I have also taught deaf students in both residential and public school settings and worked within the field of education in a variety of capacities from pre-school age through adults.
One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is seeing students open their minds to a language and culture that is new to them and fostering a connection between the Deaf and Hearing worlds. I strive to create a classroom environment where all feel welcome, connected, and see themselves reflected in the curriculum. As such, my classroom is a safe and inclusive space where students can feel free to experiment with the language by making mistakes, asking questions, and actively engaging with their peers. I am also an advisor to the ASL Club, which expands student learning opportunities and empowers them to grow as leaders. They continuously inspire me with the dedication and diverse strengths and perspectives they bring. It is because of them that I look forward to coming to class every day!
When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling, and getting involved in my community. As a transplant to California, I take advantage of being outside in the amazing weather every opportunity I get, be it hiking, biking, or at the beach! My future goals are to travel more places and to become fluent in more languages.