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Gretchen Douglas
Gretchen Douglas

My name is Gretchen Douglas, I teach preschool here at OSD.  I started teaching in the fall of 2003 and have been at OSD since the fall of 2007. I worked at the Alice Cogswell Center until 2012 at which point I joined the Elementary Department.  It is very important to me to build a community in my class and for each student to work their hardest.  So the students know that when I ask, “Should you give up??” they always answer, “NO! Keep trying!!”  When a student feels frustrated, I always encourage them to communicate, tell me or us why you are frustrated so we can help each other succeed.  I went to Kent State University for my B.S. in Deaf Education, and I also have my M.A. in Reading Education from The Ohio State University.  I have loved working with children since a young age and started learning ASL at WPSD in high school. I felt that Deaf Education was the perfect field for me, to work with children and use ASL.  I love watching the children’s language develop, grow and become more sophisticated and I think it’s amazing that they have not one, but TWO languages!

Christine Hartman
Christine Hartman

I joined the OSD family this recent August (2015). I chose OSD because I feel at home here in Ohio (born and raised in Cleveland-- you can take a gal out of Ohio, but can't take out the Ohio out of the gal!), and I want to give back to the Deaf community in Ohio. I am a preschool teacher here at OSD. This is my first position here at OSD, and I am excited to grow and learn from all of you! I taught two years at the New Mexico School for the Deaf as a Special Education/Community Based Instruction (CBI) teacher for Upper Elementary (3rd - 5th grades). I have prior student teaching and practicum experiences around the MD/DC/VA area, as well.

I earned an undergraduate degree is from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Professional and Technical Communications. My graduate degree is from Gallaudet University in Elementary and Deaf Education.  I wanted to become a teacher because I was a "fly on the wall" growing up. My number one goal for students is to not become a "fly on the wall." They can achieve their goals, and I am here to support them all the way. I love watching students apply what they have learned in real life/daily activities. That is amazing to watch and see their thinking process.  

"All the wonders you seek are within yourself." - Sir Thomas Browne


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