Lindsay M Rodriguez, M.Ed., C.E.D., has been associated with Sunshine Cottage School since 1995. She first came from Mexico via England and Venezuela as a mother looking for an oral education for her son who is profoundly deaf and uses a cochlear implant. She has been a Parent-Infant Advisor at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio since 2000.<br><br>She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and previously worked for 16 years as an ESL teacher and textbook author/editor for Macmillan Publishers in Mexico City. Lindsay has also been trained as a Parent Advocacy Training Facilitator for the A.G.Bell Association and has given presentations on Advocacy internationally and nationally. Lindsay is a co-author of The Guide to Listening and Spoken Language: a parent-friendly, convenient checklist of information and strategies for learning to listen and talk.<br><br>Lindsay‚Äôs mission is to coach parents to advocate for their child so that their child, in turn, might advocate for him/herself.
Originally from Colombia, South America. Moved to Texas 15 years ago. Married with two daughters. One hearing impaired and one typical hearing. Studied abroad and graduated with a major in Linguistics and foreign languages and a minor in Early Childhood. Fluent in English and Spanish. Certified international translator. Enjoys traveling, watching movies, listening to music and reading books in different languages. Loves spending time with her family and her two dogs. Started as a mother in the Parent-Infant Program and loves having the opportunity to give back by welcoming families who now walk her same path.
Donna Kramer is a Parent Advisor with the Parent-Infant Program. She is a LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. Donna graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Special Education. She then received her Master's Degree in Deaf Education from the University of the Incarnate Word. She taught Special Education with NEISD for 5 years before becoming a classroom teacher at Sunshine. Her love for working with parents led her to the Parent-Infant Program. Donna loves spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, riding horses and being an active member of her community where she lives.
Ana Laura Sei graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies; specializing in Bilingual Education. Growing up bilingual in a border town, she felt the necessity to maintain children‚Äôs native language and use it as an educational tool to foster second language acquisition. Shortly after earning her Bachelor‚Äôs degree, she pursued her Master‚Äôs Degree in Deaf Education and Hearing Sciences from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, graduating in May 2012. She has been a part of Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children since August 2010, where she has worked as a graduate assistant, teacher assistant, and now serves families as a Parent Infant Advisor.
Hello! My name is Judy Bravo, and I am excited to embark on a new journey as a Parent Infant Advisor here at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. I was born here in San Antonio, raised in the small town of Big Wells, down in South Texas and returned to San Antonio for school at UTSA, where I received a Bachelor’s of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies and Bilingual Education then a few years later received my Masters of Science Degree in Deaf Education and Hearing Science from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. I am certified as an EC, General Education and Bilingual/ESL teacher, a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) and Certified Educator of the Deaf (CED). This is will be my 15th year working at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, 26th year in the teaching field. In my free time, I enjoy DIY home projects, biking, and traveling with my family. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
My name is Megan Mezza. This is my first year as a PIP advisor. I was an Associate Teacher at Sunshine Cottage for two years in preschool and kindergarten. I recently completed my graduate work at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio studying Deaf Education and Hearing Science. I have my Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas A&M International University. I have 2 1/2 years experience as an assistant teacher working in an inclusive learning center. This gave me the privilege to work with children with and without disabilities in a classroom setting. I also worked for ECI as an Early Childhood Interventionist where I assisted families in coaching them how to target the child's developmental goals within their daily routines. I am looking forward to an amazing year.