Hello! I'm Carissa.
I'm hearing, and grew up in California near CSDR. My mom is a speech pathologist, so I grew up using Signed English, and I went back to school and got involved with the Deaf community over a decade ago to switch to ASL when I was told my son would never learn to speak. I work as an interpreter, volunteer as an advocate, and am eternally grateful for all the wonderful people the Deaf world have brought into my life.
I have four endorsements: K-5th general education, Language Arts for 6th -12th grade, Social Studies for 6th - 12th grade, and Deaf Education from PreK - 12th grade.
I am currently working as a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) and have a MS in Deaf Ed from Western Oregon. Before that, I put myself through Orange Coast Community College, and then transferred to UC Berkeley, where I graduated with a BA in English. I'm pursuing a Graduate certificate and MA in History, currently.
To see my current professional development courses, test scores, diplomas, etc, please click here, or on the document picture with the checkmark below.
* ASL version here once it has had a chance to upload! *