This inspiring story tells how a deaf woman is training to become a masters degree-certified teacher, and is working in an oral-deaf program in Texas.
Read: Life comes full-circle for student, teacher
Here’s why the story is notable:
- The student is the only deaf person in a teacher-of-the-deaf course
- Her fellow trainee-teachers will benefit from her insights to the class
- Her journey as a deaf pupil will inform her own teaching practices
- She is teaching oral-deaf pupils despite initial self-doubts about this
- Deaf teachers typically work via sign language, not the oral method
- The local school district is open to hiring/working with deaf teachers
- Teachers at schools that hire this student, will gain unique insights
Individuals who are deaf should be involved in generic teacher-training and policy-formation for all teachers, just as medical patients join clinical trials for doctors to better understand their issues. This is the only way forward.
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