With a Master’s in Deaf Education, certification as an ASL interpreter, Montessori Certified Teacher, and over 25 years experience in the field of advocating for Deaf rights and Deaf Awareness, Beth brings passion and plenty of fun to educate and advocate!
I grew up in Northern Maine, and completed my BS degree majoring in Education, Psychology and minoring in Mathematics. Upon graduation I moved to Maui, Hawaii and worked one year as a Teacher of the Deaf. Loving this population of students, I returned to the mainland and entered a Master’s degree program at McDaniel College in Maryland to become a Teacher of the Deaf, completing my Master’s Thesis on “Psychotic Deaf Inmates” with Dr McCay Vernon. After graduation, I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for 8 months conducting research and publishing articles pertaining to the Deaf & Hard of Hearing population. I was honored to be the guest speaker to the United Kingdom Medical Association conference that May and introduced to them the philosophy of Bilingual Bicultural education of the Deaf.
I’ve taught the Deaf in Maui for the past 20 years, pre-school through high school. I’ve extended my education by earning additional degrees as a Montessori teacher, and an educational American Sign Language interpreter. I’ve been married for 20 years and am in the process of raising 3 children, a son Logan, who is a Freshman at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Lia, is a junior attending the Kihei Charter High School, and my youngest, Lucas is currently with me in Maine. I’ve returned to my hometown to care for my ailing father of 85 years and my mother of 79 years. Lucas is attending my alma mater as a freshman. He has never seen Autumn nor winter, so we are indeed fish out of water.
I wish to attain a Doctorate in special education for this would be my third time in my life that I have considered this degree. The timing seems to be perfect and in the year 2020, I hope to obtain a position with the University of Hawaii to offer my service in the field of teaching at an international Teacher of the Deaf program with the guidance and collaboration of Dr Ramos, a colleague who is influential in encouraging me to pursue this doctorate from GCU.
In closing, I’d like to share my personal interests. I love yoga, basketball, dancing, hiking, tennis, acting, fundraising, and travel. I’ve been fortunate to travel to Europe, South America, Canada, to several Asian countries including Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Laos, Easter Island as well as the continent of Australia, New Zealand and the small island of Tasmania. I love to draw, paint, and use my creativity to explore out of the box thinking. My passion has remained with the Deaf community, and has allowed me to fundraise over ten thousand dollars for the Maui Deaf Friends organization, an affiliate to the Aloha State Association of the Deaf.
I look forward to getting to know many of you! Mahalo for reading my bio and best of luck to each one of you!