“The feeling of connection may be one of life’s sweetest moments… When someone understands you, really understands you, because they have been there.”
Our Parent Mentors represent a wide range of experiences raising children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Every family has a unique and changing understanding as they travel their paths with their children. This knowledge helps them understand the possibilities and challenges that may present themselves to other families. We have parent mentors fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
My family was introduced into the Deaf community with the birth of my son Joey. Our home languages consist of Spanish, English, and ASL. As a family, we enjoy outside play, movie nights, and games. My favorite thing as a mom is all those first moments when my children have discovered how to do things on their own! As a Parent Mentor, I have learned to be open to different ideas and bring families from diverse cultures and languages together.
I am the mom to 3 fabulous Hard of Hearing daughters ages 7, 5, and 3, and we reside in the greater Sacramento Area. My girls were born with Mild-Moderate Hearing levels. Despite having a background in Deaf studies, I felt unprepared for the journey of raising a Deaf child. It has been so fulfilling with friends who have been there by our side. Our household utilizes a bilingual, ASL/English approach to everyday life, and we have high expectations that our children can do anything they set their sights on when access and effective communication is present. In our free time we love to camp, play at the lake, visit our local library, and participate in community events. Also a quick fun fact: A lot of people don’t necessarily know my name but they know me as “that mom with 3 Deaf girls”.
I have worked for almost 20 years at Santa Clara County Office of Special Education (SCCOE) for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. I have been a Parent Mentor since November 2019. I have two wonderful daughters, my youngest is deaf, educated, and independent. We use sign language as one of the ways we communicate. I also volunteer on the board of directors for Bay Area Community Health (BACH). My husband and I live in San Jose and enjoy hiking, cooking and reading.