For more information about COVID-19
Our Stories

Trysta

Our Stories

Trysta, born deaf, received cochlear implants soon after her first birthday.

“My parents have taught me that the cochlear implants are just a part of who I am,” she says. “Similar to how people wear eye glasses to see, I wear cochlear implants to help me hear. It is part of who I am, though they don’t define me.”

She started attending Clarke’s CEE Program when she was four. As a teen, Trysta is achieving her full potential, enjoying a busy schedule dancing competitively, and was even featured in a video about the UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Cochlear Implant Program.

“My life outside of school is a lot of dance,” she says. Trysta has been dancing since she was eighteen months old, and practices with her dance school every day following school. She dances competitively and has even placed first in competition.”

More Stories

Jeremy

Jeremy

Congratulations to Clarke alum Jeremy, who graduated from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in May 2022!

Read More »

Kayleigh

Today, Kayleigh is in the school choir and receives top marks in school. “I want to be a teacher of the deaf at Clarke because I always felt welcomed…”

Read More »
Anna

Anna

Anna’s hearing loss came on suddenly, and her family did not have a history or experience with hearing loss. Anna’s family attributes her success to support from her Clarke teacher of the deaf. Today, Anna’s family reports that she is thriving with school and home activities including dance, basketball, horseback riding and swimming.

Read More »
Emmy a Clarke Alum

Emma

Emma was awarded a school-wide award for perseverance! Darragh, Emma’s Mom said, “We know that she wouldn’t be where she is today if it wasn’t for our whole Clarke family!”

Read More »

Addyson

Addyson is the only student in her school district with cochlear implants, and she’s excelling at more than gymnastics. She’s a straight-A, second-grade student who is reading at a fourth-grade level. Her favorite subject is math. 

Read More »

Matthew

In early January, Clarke student Matthew and his classmates learned about Martin Luther King Jr. The following week, Matthew’s teacher asked him to share “weekend news” with the class. He drew a picture of himself at his house and wrote:   I

Read More »
From left, Molly Schoenfeld, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Clarke speech-language pathologist, in tVISIT sessions with Leah and her mother, Kim

Leah

Leah was diagnosed with bilateral severe sensorineural hearing loss and was just under 10 months old when her family began the tVISIT Program with Clarke in March 2020. A Clarke speech-language pathologist, Molly Schoenfeld, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, led the virtual

Read More »

Muhammad

Muhammad has a bilateral hearing loss and began working with Clarke as a preschooler. In addition to his classroom experience, Muhammad’s family reinforced listening and spoken language learning at home with storytelling and other activities. At seven years old, Muhammad is

Read More »
Leighton - Clarke Schools Stories

Leighton

Like most caregivers who discover their child was born with a hearing loss, Nina and Spencer worried at first how their infant daughter would communicate and if she would struggle academically and socially. Thanks to her cochlear implants and a listening and spoken language (LSL) education at Clarke Florida, four-year-old Leighton is an expressive child with a big personality and a budding passion for sports.

Read More »

Our professionals are here to help.

Please contact any of our locations to learn more about Clarke’s broad array of programs and services.