Professional Development Trainer
Stephanie values education and has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s Degree in Education, and has completed one year of study for her PhD in Linguistics. In addition, she studied for three years to become a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and has been working in this field for the past fourteen years. In 1995 she helped to found Deaf Women United (DWU) in Massachusetts, and she is very proud of that. She later joined and became a board member and secretary of MSAD.
Communicating with people who do not know sign language has always been a challenge, especially in group settings where conversation is difficult to follow. She is happy to have so many devices that help with communication, for example, closed captioning, videophones, and pagers.
Advice to Horace Mann Students
“Think about your future. Even though your ideas and dreams may change, follow your heart and don’t give up. It may be difficult, but it is important to be open to new things and new challenges.”