Degrees and Certifications:
This is my first year at Brooks and I am proud to be a Bulldog! Before accepting the position of Hearing Itinerant Teacher here at Brooks I taught students ages 3-12 who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to listen and speak for 14 years in both Illinois and Michigan. I received my bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2000, and I began pursuing a Masters of Special Education at Oakland University a few years later. In 2007 I relocated to the Chicago area for a teaching job at Child's Voice School, an auditory-oral school for young children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Since then I got married and had a son.
I provide support to students who have a hearing loss in a variety of ways including working with students individually and in small groups to strengthen auditory, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and oral and written expressive language skills. Currently servicing students at 5 buildings throughout the district, I educate classroom teachers about working with students who have hearing loss; deliver and troubleshoot hearing aids and Assistive Listening Devices; and collaborate with a local audiologist to ensure students who have failed school hearing screenings are on track to receive additional assistance if needed. Teaching students about their hearing loss and how to advocate for themselves is another essential part of my job at Brooks.