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2016-2017 Deaf WorldTeach volunteers

Davina Johnston Majuro Deaf Education Center: Middle School Teacher, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 Contractual Teacher under Ministry of Education, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Deaf WorldTeach volunteer 2014-2015 Rochester Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2014 Hometown: Rochester, New York Contact: davinajohnston9@gmail.com 

Davina Johnston

Majuro Deaf Education Center: Middle School Teacher, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017
Contractual Teacher under Ministry of Education, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
Deaf WorldTeach volunteer 2014-2015
Rochester Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2014
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Contact: davinajohnston9@gmail.com 

My ultimate goal is to make an impact on Deaf people’s lives immensely. My students are the reason I love getting up in the morning. They taught me vital insights of altruism and giving. There is no better investment than my students.
Lauren Hostovsky Ebeye Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer, 2016-2017 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts Contact: lahostovsky@gmail.com  

Lauren Hostovsky
Ebeye Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer, 2016-2017
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Contact: lahostovsky@gmail.com
 

It’s been challenging and fun to teach my students in a very small classroom. They all come to class everyday craving new knowledge with positive attitude and enormous motivation. Vital education that they missed while growing up is now being offered to them in their first language on a silver platter and they are gobbling it up hungrily. They have words and new knowledge like a sponge. It’s been a great pleasure working with them as they have been teaching me what it’s like living in Ebeye through their shining eyes.
Venesse Guy Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Majuro Deaf Education Center: Elementary Teacher, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, 2015 Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina Contact: antvguy@gmail.com

Venesse Guy
Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
Majuro Deaf Education Center: Elementary Teacher, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, 2015
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Contact: antvguy@gmail.com

As a teacher, I have the opportunity to show individual that they really matter as discover their inner talents and help them find out who they are. But what Deaf WorldTeach have taught me is that it is better to be a human being than a human doing. My students can be my greatest teachers. When I am ready, mine are always there to show me what I really need to know in life.
Tiffany Narsico Ebeye Deaf Education Center: Elementary Teacher, 2014-2015 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, 2013 Hometown: Wildwood, New Jersey Contact: tnarsico812@gmail.com   

Tiffany Narsico
Ebeye Deaf Education Center: Elementary Teacher, 2014-2015
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, 2013
Hometown: Wildwood, New Jersey
Contact: tnarsico812@gmail.com   

My opportunity to experience island life as a Deaf WorldTeach volunteer is my canvas....and my kids are my art!!!
Anna O'brien Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer: 2016-2017 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Deaf Ed., 2016 Hometown: Sacramento, California Contact: truobrien@gmail.com

Anna O'brien
Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer: 2016-2017
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Deaf Ed., 2016
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Contact: truobrien@gmail.com

What a fitting experience I could not ask for more! Deaf WorldTeach has not only taught me their cultural differences but as a person who believes in their success. Since English is their second language, this has given me the tool to help with the underlying issues for deaf students in education. This is likely a gateway to success where ideally more opportunity are arise for their future.

Former Deaf WorldTeach volunteers

In the last few years, my passions and dreams has been constantly growing and evolving. Although one thing did not change—my passion and dream to make a difference in deaf children’s lives. Not to just support their education and language development, but also their confidence and self-esteem. Children need somebody believe in them and never give up on them. There is nothing like watching your students grow and show their beautiful personality. In the process, they learn to love who they are, and that is the best part of teaching.
April Bottoms Majuro Deaf Education Center: Middle School Teacher, 2013-2014 Deaf WorldTeach volunteer 2013-2014 Contractual Teacher under Ministry of Education, 2014-2015 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, 2012 Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina Contact: arbottoms@gmail.com

April Bottoms
Majuro Deaf Education Center: Middle School Teacher, 2013-2014
Deaf WorldTeach volunteer 2013-2014
Contractual Teacher under Ministry of Education, 2014-2015
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, 2012
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Contact: arbottoms@gmail.com

Carolina Hidago Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer, 2015-2016 Ebeye Deaf Education Center: Teacher, 2015-2016 Florida International University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2011 Hometown: Miami, Florida

Carolina Hidago
Deaf WorldTeach Volunteer, 2015-2016
Ebeye Deaf Education Center: Teacher, 2015-2016
Florida International University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2011
Hometown: Miami, Florida

It was truly a spur of the moment. I up and came to the Marshall Islands. I do not regret it at all. I truly believe if you follow your life takes you, it will be amazing. I love Ebeye and the people here. It’s paradise. People are happy. Friendly. I feel very welcome here. I’m happy to be able to help them to reach for the stars. It really takes root into your heart within the first moment you step on the islands.
Before I came here, I did a lot of research about life in the Marshall Islands but nothing could prepare me for the richness of the culture. I learned so much about myself and life in general in the past 5 months. It’s been an amazing experience working with the children and families. The people have been nothing less than welcoming me into their community and homes.
Suzy Long Majuro Deaf Education Center: Pre-K/ Kindergarten Teacher, 2014-2015 Majuro Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program (EHDI), 2014-2015 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, 2003 Gallaudet University, Master of Arts in Deaf Education, 2006 Hometown: Springfield, Illinois Contact: suzanna.long@gmail.com

Suzy Long
Majuro Deaf Education Center: Pre-K/ Kindergarten Teacher, 2014-2015
Majuro Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program (EHDI), 2014-2015
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, 2003
Gallaudet University, Master of Arts in Deaf Education, 2006
Hometown: Springfield, Illinois
Contact: suzanna.long@gmail.com

Gary Sidansky Ebeye Deaf Education Center: Secondary Teacher, 2014-2015 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Education, 2014 Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California

Gary Sidansky
Ebeye Deaf Education Center: Secondary Teacher, 2014-2015
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Education, 2014
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California

I thought I came here to teach, but now I’m trying to give back to the students for what they have taught me.
No words can explain what I have experienced. The experience here has given me multilayer opportunities and I have learned to embrace contributions from all threads of life. The people here find the simplest pleasures in life. Whatever they have, they give. The students are rich in mind and soul. They never cease to touch my heart on a daily basis. They taught me about life—what it truly is. My soul had been touched and I have changed. This experience gave me an eternity of experiences in only a matter of days.
 
Rachel Steingieser Majuro Deaf Education Center: High School Teacher, 2014-2015 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, 2012 Hometown: New Market, Maryland Contact: rachelashleee@gmail.com

Rachel Steingieser
Majuro Deaf Education Center: High School Teacher, 2014-2015
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, 2012
Hometown: New Market, Maryland
Contact: rachelashleee@gmail.com

Karen Quinones Majuro Deaf Education Center: Elementary Teacher, 2013-2014 California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 2010 Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California Contact: miss.kareee@gmail.com

Karen Quinones
Majuro Deaf Education Center: Elementary Teacher, 2013-2014
California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 2010
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Contact: miss.kareee@gmail.com

It was my love for traveling and the Deaf community that brought me to the Marshall Islands. I also strongly believe in and fight for appropriate access to education and communication for out Deaf kids especially in the less developed countries, so I was eager to be a part of the efforts to improve that, even if just for a year. What I did not expect was to fall in love with my kids and I carry them and this experience with me everywhere I go.
Emma Bixler Chuuk Deaf Education Center: Teacher, Spring 2013 California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies & Child and Adolescent Development, 2013 Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Emma Bixler
Chuuk Deaf Education Center: Teacher, Spring 2013
California State University, Northridge, Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies & Child and Adolescent Development, 2013
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Almost every night, I would lay outside and gaze into the night sky. My dreams became just as real as the stars twinkled. When morning came, the stars were replaced by my students’ gleaming eyes and shiny smiles as I walked into my classroom. My dreams felt just as real then. The Pacific gave inspiration like no other. I wanted my students to feel the same way as I did, going out into the world and living up to my dreams with passion. That is now becoming the reality for the kiddos. I couldn’t be more happier now when the kiddos look up into the night sky, they can see and feel their dreams coming live among the stars.
Daniel Didonna Majuro Deaf Education Teacher, Fall 2011 Ebeye Deaf Education Teacher, Spring 2012 Chuuk Deaf Education Center: Teacher, Spring 2013 Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, 2011 Hometown: Parsippany, New Jersey Contact: daniel.didonna@gmail.com

Daniel Didonna
Majuro Deaf Education Teacher, Fall 2011
Ebeye Deaf Education Teacher, Spring 2012
Chuuk Deaf Education Center: Teacher, Spring 2013
Gallaudet University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, 2011
Hometown: Parsippany, New Jersey
Contact: daniel.didonna@gmail.com