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lunes, 18 de diciembre de 2017


Elementary Staff BIOs


Jeani Thomas -
Jeani Thomas

My name is Jean Thomas but prefer Jeani or signed JT. Currently, I teach 5th and occasionally (when needed) a 4th/5th grade team teaching split. This school year is my 23rd year teaching and my 20th year teaching at OSD. Prior to teaching at OSD, I taught in Westerville City Schools in the Deaf/HH classroom. I taught 4th-7th grade there. I graduated from Otterbein College (now Otterbein University) with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Gallaudet University with my Master’s degree in Education Deafness, and am currently finishing my dissertation for my doctorate (EDLS) degree from Ashland University. One of my favorite quotes is, “A good teacher is in the business of making him or herself unnecessary, of empowering learners to learn without the teacher’s help. The aim is to enable students to get on with life under their own power and to free themselves from dependency on schools and teachers” by David Labaree. I like it because it reinforces my belief that my job as a teacher is to foster independence in students so they can succeed in life after school. I decided to become a teacher because I love school and I love children and I love learning. I wanted to work with deaf and hard of hearing students because I could not only use a beautiful language, ASL, but also make a difference. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading and being with me family!

Emily McDermott
Emily McDermott

My name is Emily McDermott. Currently, I teach Kindergarten in all subjects. This school year is my 5th year teaching and my 5th year teaching at OSD. I graduated from West Virginia University with my Social Work degree and Kent State University with my Deaf Education Intervention Specialist degree. One of my favorite quotes is, “It is not how good you are. It’s how good you want to be!” I like it because it reminds me that I should never get too comfortable and I will always strive to be a better teacher (and a better person). When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hanging out with my dog Lily, playing softball in slow pitch leagues, and watching good TV shows on Netflix.

Kaleigh Bowling
Kaleigh Bowling

My name is Kaleigh Bowling. Currently, I teach 2nd grade all subjects. This school year is my 5th year teaching and my 5th year teaching at OSD. I graduated from Kent State University with my Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education. When I am not teaching, I enjoy walking my dog, paddle boarding, hiking, and spending time with family/friends. My favorite thing about working at OSD is seeing my students grow throughout the year and the wonderful people I work with.


Jennifer Behary
Jennifer Behary

My name is Jen Behary. Currently, I teach 1stgrade. This school year is my 15th year teaching and my 15th year teaching at OSD. I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with my Bachelor’s degree and Scranton University with my Master’s degree. I decided to become a teacher because I love working with young children. I wanted to work with deaf and hard of hearing students because of my interest in American Sign Language. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, and sewing.

Jessica Sloan -
Jessica Sloan

My name is Jessica Sloan. Currently, I teach all subject areas to 4th and 5th graders. I started my teaching career at OSD and this will be my 6th year teaching. I am a proud Spartan! I graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with my Bachelor’s in Deaf Education. Go Green!! I am also currently enrolled at the University of Dayton pursuing my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. One of my favorite quotes is, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!” I like this quote because it reminds me that nothing is impossible and we can't give up. If we want something bad enough, we have the power to create and put ourselves in the right situations and opportunities to pursue our dreams. Teaching is in my blood! Many of my family members are in education and I knew I wanted to become a teacher as well. Once I started learning ASL and volunteering in deaf education programs, I loved the language and culture and decided to pursue Deaf Education as a major. I want to impact children’s lives in the most effective way. What I love most is seeing the students grow and become confident learners and individuals.

Anthony Coy-Gonzalez
Anthony Coy-Gonzalez

My name is Anthony Coy-Gonzalez. Currently, I teach elementary school Math, Reading, Writing, 4th grade Social Studies and 4th grade Science. This school year is my 5th year of teaching, all at OSD. I graduated from Flagler College with my Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Deaf Education at Flagler College. My favorite thing about working at OSD is being apart of an amazing school family: colleagues, children and their families included! One of my favorite quotes is "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” by Benjamin Franklin. I like it because when kids are in the messy middle of teaching, they learn more. I try to have a lot of fun in my class (often at my expense), allow the students to lead their educational experience and create an environment where kids of all ability levels can experience success and learn to love learning.


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