Cara Tyrrell

Cara T.

Proctorsville, VT
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About

Cara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1995

My experience tutoring ASL students began in 1994 when, ironically, I was one myself. As a Freshman at the University of Rochester, New York, I took an ASL class and fell in love with the language and culture. Consequently, I designed my own double major: ASL/Linguistics. The next four years were spent in immersion. The Deaf culture in Rochester provided me with an “abroad” opportunity without leaving the country. Once fluent I began tutoring college students, interpreting at the neighboring college (NTID) and often, was mistaken for one of the Deaf students. Post undergrad, I earned a Masters Degree in Deaf Education at Boston University so I could begin making our complicated language of reading and writing English accessible to young Deaf children. Over the course of my career I have taught ASL to all ages and levels of hearing students and English Literacy to all ages and levels of Deaf students. A love for children has recently led me to teach Baby/Toddler Sign classes using ASL.

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Experience

Nanny/Teacher
Aug 2013 - Aug 2017
Brook Farm at Bates Mansion

Hired as a nanny for twin newborn boys, I exposed them to ASL at a young age, taught them baby sign and supported them through their pre-verbal time with a way to communicate. When they turned three I set up a small home-school pre-school classroom and continued to educate them before they formally entered a public preschool.

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Teacher / Mainstream Classroom Support
Aug 2008 - Jun 2013
Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

As an employee of the VCDHH I was placed in a variety of classrooms within many school districts. My job was to support the Deaf/HH student(s) in the mainstream setting as well as directly teach a self contained classroom in ASL.

teacher
Sep 1999 - Feb 2003
Austine School for the Deaf and HH

1st Grade Classroom teacher for a group of 6 year old Deaf students. Responsible for all areas of the curriculum.

Reading Recovery teacher for special education Deaf children, adapting the lessons to meet their learning needs.

Education

Early Ed Intervention: Reading Recovery Teacher
Jan 2000 - Dec 2000
Northhampton University
Master's Degree: Deaf Education
Jun 1998 - Jan 2000
Boston University
BA - Double Major in American Sign Langugage / Linguistics
Aug 1994 - May 1998
University of Rochester

Languages

American Sign Language
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

This Video is in ASL - For the Purposes of a Tutoring/Teaching Website.
This video is the audio version of the ASL counterpart.

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