Dina Toschi

Dina Toschi

Co-Creator DHH Connect

I have been a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Itinerant Specialist for 16+ years and love what I do!

email: dina@dhhconnect.com

Hello! This is my story.

Growing up with a Hard of Hearing mother was my first introduction to the Deaf world. She taught me the value of communication and ultimately lead me to my first degree in American Sign Language Interpreting, which I got from California State University, Fresno. After working as an interpreter for a few years, I  realized I  wanted  something different and went back to school.
I got my Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential from California State University, Monterey Bay with the idea of becoming a Resource Specialist or Reading Teacher. Little did I    know that my background and a valid California teaching credential would allow me to gain a job as an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. After working for several years and learning on the job, I wanted to ensure that my students were getting the most highly qualified services and decided to return to Fresno State to get my Education Specialist Credential and Masters Degree in Deaf Education. After getting my Deaf Education Credential and Masters Degree I felt like I needed to pay it forward and decided to volunteer with Peace Corps in Africa. I spent 1 year in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Africa and worked and lived at the High School for the Deaf. While there, I    helped to create an Individualized Education Plan for each student, worked with teachers to improve their understanding of sign language, Deaf culture and Universal Design for Learning as well as focused on literacy.

My Education

California State University, Fresno

Bachelor's of Arts Degree - American Sign Language Interpreting

California State University, Monterey Bay

Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential

California State University, Fresno (again!)

Education Specialist and Master of Arts in Deaf Education

My Teaching Experience

District Itinerant Specialist - Deaf/Hard of Hearing

16+ years

My Volunteer Experience

United States Peace Corps - eSwatini, Africa - High School for the Deaf

1 year