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Jad

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Jad attends the University of South Florida where he studies biomedical sciences. An alum of Clarke Florida, Jad also works at Target as a cashier and donated his first paycheck to Clarke. “I donated my paycheck because I really wanted to help the people who had done so much for me,” says Jad.

Jad is preparing to apply to medical school and took classes over the summer of 2020, in addition to his work at Target. “I want to be a doctor, but I am not 100% sure on what type of doctor I want to be,” he says. But above all, he wants to help others.

“Clarke has helped make me into the person I am today,” says Jad. “The wonderful teachers at Clarke helped me learn how to talk. Not only did they help me talk, but Clarke has instilled many morals that I hold dear.”

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Nora

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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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