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Our Stories

Alex

Our Stories

Alex, who is profoundly deaf in both ears and wears digital hearing aids, attended Clarke’s preschool and elementary school programs in Northampton, Massachusetts, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Clarke has been a big influence in shaping my deaf experience as a youth, and it was a great place for me to take speech therapy,” he recalls. “I have fond memories of my time at the school and am grateful for all the speech therapists who made it a positive experience for me.”

At the age of 10, with the support of an oral interpreter (now called an oral transliterator), Alex transitioned to a local mainstream elementary school, continuing his mainstream academics through high school. After high school, Alex attended Northeastern University in Boston. With support from American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, he graduated with a BS in civil/environmental engineering and a minor in environmental science. In 2014, he completed his MS in environmental engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Alex has enjoyed the past decade as a project manager with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut.  “I’m mostly involved with oil spill response research, and work with other federal agencies as well as private organizations to improve our spill response technologies or strategies,” says Alex.

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Nora

Nora has congenital profound hearing loss and uses bilateral cochlear implants. She shines on stage in her school plays!  

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Krystina

Krystina attends the University of New Hampshire as an empowered advocate for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Jeremy

Jeremy

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

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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…”

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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.

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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!”

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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. 

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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

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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 .

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