Tue, 26 May 2015
As a high school student, Joe was already assisting his teachers in communicating with the deaf students through sign language, often filling in for the interpreters running late. Even with his limited knowledge of the American Sign Language, Joe played a pivotal role in bridging the communication gap for his fellow students and teachers. His passion for the silent language and strong desire to empower the deaf students would lead to his current position as a teacher.
Mr. Rivera is a middle and high school teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Los Angeles’ one of a kind school for the deaf, the Marlton School. The many challenges Mr. Rivera’s students face range from the daily routines of the classroom to effectively communicating within their own neighborhoods and even basic expression within their own households; many family members don’t know sign language. As Joe has done for his deaf classmates in high school, Mr. Rivera once again is playing a pivotal role in bringing families together. Frequently, Mr. Rivera is the only person who is able to effectively communicate the needs and feelings of his students to their parents.
Joe's story was featured on CBS News as one of the inspiring young teachers making a difference and joins us today on Inspiring Educators to share his inaugural year as a teacher. Like a magician, without spoken words, Mr. Rivera brings laughter to his students and inspires them towards wonderful possibilities in their lives.
Thu, 30 April 2015
As educators, we are responsible for having a diverse range of knowledge that goes beyond our subject matters. We have to be open to accommodate the increasing number of cultures and ethnic backgrounds in our students yet strive to always find and solidify the common bond in all of us.
What if, you were placed in one of your student's country? How would you acclimate to the language, culture, their unique daily routines, and deal with the possible shortcomings in the infrastructure? It's a real gut check as an educator. How we adapt to varying scenarios and our abilities to overcome the many daily challenges we face in our classroom environment allows us to thrive in success or painfully whiter away. What do you stand to gain by being a fish out of the water? How does embarking on a road less taken allow us to evolve into a more effective teacher?
Henry Mulzac is a former Peace Corps volunteer who has served in Belize from 1975 to 1977. "From a Ghetto Jungle Brown Stone to a Jungle Brown Hut" is how Henry's experience has been summed up as one of the featured articles written on the Peace Corps' Webpage. Henry joins us today on Inspiring Educators to share his story as a volunteer and how two years in the jungle of Belize has transformed his life and continues to provide inspiration to this day.