About Us

Our Mission Statement

 

Every individual who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing deserves access to quality services and supports with his or her individual outcomes in mind. Our mission is to provide highly trained and fully certificated educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to districts and individuals in need. Our virtual services meet demands of specialist shortages in rural and diverse areas. We want to connect passionate teachers to the people that need them most.

Meet our Founders

 

 

 

It was a hot day in southern Africa where Kailie and Dina first met and knew they were destined to be in each other’s lives forever. Meeting as Peace Corps Volunteers in eSwatini, Africa would prove to be a momentous experience with effects leading into their personal and professional lives for years to come. 

 

Once they began working together, it was apparent they had the perfect set of skills required of a well rounded Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Dina obtained her bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpreting at California State University, Fresno as well as her Master’s in Deaf Education and worked as an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing for 16 plus years, which brought a specific set of skills to the table. Kailie earned her Master’s in Deaf Education at Washington University in Saint Louis, then worked as a parent coach at Central Institute for the Deaf where she also developed their model for virtual services, which brought a skill set all her own. Kailie’s experience has been focused on Early Intervention, listening and spoken language skills and technology while Dina’s background and experience has been targeted on improving self-advocacy and independence skills in middle and high school mainstreamed students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

 

All of their skills and experience were put to the test when they met in Africa as Peace Corps volunteers at the High School for the Deaf in eSwatini. While in Africa, Dina and Kailie were reminded of all of the different aspects that go into working with students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, from economic barriers and access to technology to the foundational skills in reading and writing. One thing became clear to both of them, all children, regardless of hearing level or communication mode, deserve the best and most qualified teachers to support their diverse needs. 

 

As professionals in the field, Kailie and Dina understand that having all of the skills necessary to meet the needs of the complex and diverse Deaf/Hard of Hearing student population, is a continual learning experience. Daily, in their itinerant teaching positions, they learn something new to add to their teacher tool kits. This drive for continued learning and pursuit of excellence motivated them to start DHH Connect, where Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing are connected with their students virtually to support all of their diverse needs.