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Melanie Anderson

Melanie Anderson

College of Education: May 2011

Professional Deaf Studies Graduate Student at Gallaudet University

I was actually very torn, like many college students in their undergraduate years may find themselves, about picking THE major. Moving to Athens truly changed my life and I will always be grateful for my time in this Classic City!

I am an alumnus of the College of Education’s Special Education & Adapted Curriculum cohort. As a student teacher this semester, I can honestly say the program at UGA has greatly prepared me for the classroom. The field is advancing and my professors have truly given my peers and me a solid foundation for special education instruction. As an aspiring teacher for students with special needs, I have taken keen interest in Deaf Education. I have also studied American Sign Language (ASL) at UGA and use these skills in every classroom setting I have now worked in. I will soon be moving to Washington D.C., where I will continue my education with my focus being in American Sign Language proficiency, Deaf Culture, and professional interpreter studies. My specific intent is to not only be a certified teacher, but to work nationally and internationally with other educators and advocates, so that we can further produce meaningful outcomes involving education received by people who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing.

Many thanks to my Career Consultant, Bethany Bagley, from the Career Center who has also given me personal attention and helped me create a successful resume, cover letter, and apply for jobs and graduate programs in and out of state. Always DREAM BIG, Dawgs! DESTINATION: GRADUATION in the BULLDAWG NATION!