I am honored to be a part of the Ohio School for the Deaf family and this fantastic group of educators and staff. Being hearing impaired myself, I’ve always maintained a strong sense of commitment for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their families.
I believe that the current goals contained in our strategic plan provide great direction for all of us to serve the students and families of OSD, not to mention deaf and hard-of-hearing children across the state of Ohio. The central themes of student growth, successful transitions to higher education and/or the world of work, as well as programs to meet the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students throughout Ohio should inform our instruction, delivery, and never ending commitment to our students and families.
I have always believed that deafness is not an excuse for academic under achievement and/or weak personal development. That type of thinking has gone on for too long. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students suffer largely from language and communication deprivation. This combined with low societal expectations have created a self-fulfilling prophecy for so many of our students. Our approach will center around taking advantage of all fully functional senses in deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Using those assets will help our students reach a greater personal potential.
Academic rigor, great educational opportunities, and a loving, nurturing school family environment will always serve as my vision for all of us at OSD. Thank you for the warm welcome. I am looking forward to meeting all of our students, families, and staff in the very near future.