2021 NDEC Engage Schedule

June 24th, 2021 — Social Emotional Learning/Mental Health

12-2pm EST
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION and Q/A Session [click to expand]
Kyle Amber Clark
Keynote Presenter

Kyle Amber Clark brings in 15 years as Mental Health Therapist for the Deaf in a clinical mental health setting before transplanting her clinical experiences inside a university classroom. Through clinical and teaching experience, she discovered her passion for social justice and feminist pedagogy. She entered a doctoral program to study interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in education and social justice.

Melissa Elmire Yingst
Moderator

All communities have hidden narratives, and Melissa Elmira Yingst is all about finding and bringing awareness to them, especially when they celebrate women and muxeristas. As a child in Southern California, she sought for deep connections with other people. As she grew, she realized she wanted to do something more. She ventured off to Gallaudet University to earn her Bachelor’s in Psychology, and to Arizona State University for her Master’s in Social Work.Since then, she held different positions as a social worker and school counselor in New York City and Phoenix. She currently teaches at CSUN and works at Convo as an Outreach Strategist.  She also is the co-founder of Alma de Muxeristas, an organization for muxeristas who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, Late-Deafened, or Hard of Hearing. Now back home in Los Angeles with her signature red lipstick (which gives her powers) and her brown Chicana self, she is ready to take on the world with MELMIRA, her new show!

2:30-3:30pm EST
Networking sessions [click to expand]

Topics with separate links will be shared:

  • English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Social Studies/History
  • General K-8
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
2-4pm EST
Virtual Booths [click to expand]

Booth information will be shared soon, with separate links for each.

4-5:30pm EST
Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health Panel [click to expand]
Jayne Kim
Panelist

Jayne Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Orange County, California. In 2001, Jayne received a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University in 2006. Jayne is currently a state of California licensed marriage family therapist (LMFT) with over 15 years of experience working with Deaf individuals and their families. Currently, Jayne is working as a school social worker/counselor at California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) since August 2020 and she is delving into this new career. Not only this, but Jayne is also involved in an outreach ministry and her high school alumni organization. Jayne loves to spend her free time snowboarding, biking, cooking, gardening, going on foodie adventures, and visiting historical places.

Lisa-Montalvo-headshot
Panelist

Lisa Montalvo, NCC, LPC, is a Deaf Puerto Rican who grew up going to a school in which she was the only deaf person in the classroom with hearing students. She began using American Sign Language at age 17 when she attended her first deaf camp at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Montalvo earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., and a master’s degree in mental health and rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Florida. She got her certification in play therapy from the University of Central Florida. She has worked as a counselor and therapist for 20 years both in school and mental health settings. She has worked at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf for 13 years. During her spare time, Montalvo is very much involved in the Deaf Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx communities, providing support and resources. She is one of the founders of the National Hispanic Latino Association of the Deaf. Multiculturalism is a passion of hers in providing education and support to the Deaf community.

Jennifer Luce
Panelist

Jennifer Luce, MA; A Seattle native and 12+ years as a School Counselor, Edmonds School District, Edmonds, Washington. Jennifer is a School Counselor for the Edmonds School District; particularly for the Deaf/HH population grades Pre K – 12th at Madrona K-8 School and Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington. Jennifer’s philosophy is each and every student should have a successful school journey and I help identify, address and remove barriers in areas of academics, social-emotional, and personal for the student. Jennifer is a member of the National Counselors for the Deaf, the American School Counselor Association and the Washington State School Counselor Association. Jennifer has dual BA of arts degrees in Psychology and Speech Communications from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and a MA in School Counseling and Guidance from Gallaudet University. Jennifer is also a mother of 3 Deaf children, ages 7, 5 and 4.. Our family are active members of the American Societyfor Deaf Children (ASDC). In addition to Jennifer’s job as School Counselor, Jennifer co-chairs an once a month after school program for Deaf Youth, namely Madrona’s Vineyards. MV is space rich in culture and where Deaf youth from PreK-8th grade have access to their Deaf/HH peers, community Deaf professionals, program staff and families.

Melissa Elmire Yingst
Moderator

All communities have hidden narratives, and Melissa Elmira Yingst is all about finding and bringing awareness to them, especially when they celebrate women and muxeristas. As a child in Southern California, she sought for deep connections with other people. As she grew, she realized she wanted to do something more. She ventured off to Gallaudet University to earn her Bachelor’s in Psychology, and to Arizona State University for her Master’s in Social Work.Since then, she held different positions as a social worker and school counselor in New York City and Phoenix. She currently teaches at CSUN and works at Convo as an Outreach Strategist.  She also is the co-founder of Alma de Muxeristas, an organization for muxeristas who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, Late-Deafened, or Hard of Hearing. Now back home in Los Angeles with her signature red lipstick (which gives her powers) and her brown Chicana self, she is ready to take on the world with MELMIRA, her new show!


June 25th, 2021 — Social/Transformative Justice

12-2pm EST
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION and Q/A Session [click to expand]
Victorica Monroe
Keynote Presenter

Victorica Monroe is a Black Deaf Genderqueer chief executive officer and an educational consultant of the Monroe Pedagogy company. With over fifteen years of experience in Deaf Education with the transformative justice approach, she brings a wealth of knowledge in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in ASL/English Bilingual Deaf Education and deaf programs, organizations, universities and colleges, and businesses.

Onudeah Nicolarakis
Moderator

Dr. Onudeah “Oni” Nicolarakis is an assistant professor at Gallaudet University’s Department of Education. She has been an educator for 15 years, having served DDBDDHHLD and Hearing students ranging in ages from 3 to adulthood, and used multimodal approaches to provide access in academic and social content. Dr. Oni has presented multiple times on topics such as the intersections of race and disability.  Currently, her areas of interest are in producing counter narratives of the writing experience for the DDBDDHH community and redirecting attention to the advantages of the intersectional experiences from people within marginalized communities.

2-4pm EST
Virtual Booths [click to expand]

Booth information will be shared soon, with separate links for each.

4-5:30pm EST
Social & Transformative Justice Panel [click to expand]
Charity Jackson
Panelist

Charity Jackson is the first Black and Deaf Woman and current Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD).  Charity joined the MSD family on January 4th, 2021. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and her master’s in Public Administration from Gallaudet University. Charity has a strong background in both K-12 education and residential student life. During her almost eighteen years at Clerc Center, she wore numerous hats — teacher’s assistant, teacher, 1-1 instructor, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coach, and mentor. In these varied roles, Charity collaborated with staff, cafeteria personnel, and facilities workers. She also supported organizations such as Black Youth Leadership and most recently was a residential educator point of contact for the high school collaborating with students, families, transportation coordinators, and administrators. Charity has been actively involved in the work of equity and inclusion for over five years and received the 2017 Pioneer of the Year Award bestowed by the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), where she was recognized as a respected member of the community for her leadership, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and courage and pioneering vision.

Janette-Duran-Aquirre
Panelist

Janette Duran-Aguirre is a credentialed school counselor at Marlton School for the Deaf in Los Angeles, CA. Janette is known for her involvement in various organizations and events within the Deaf community. She carried on with the rebirth of California Manos del Corazón, served as the Director of Council de Manos, and is currently active as an advisory board member, both of which are a state and national level organization servicing the Latinx Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened (DBDDHHLD) community.  Janette is currently the president of California Educators of the Deaf, one of the largest non-profit leading organizations in the west. Cal-ED is composed of educators, teacher trainers, support staff, interpreters, professionals, parents, and other stakeholders dedicated to ensuring that Deaf students are provided an accessible, appropriate, equitable, and just education. Janette uses her/she/ELLA pronouns and empowers herself as a valiant multilingual intersectional Deaf Mexicana committed to being an educational abolitionist. Janette continues her work as a social justice agent, eradicating injustices that harm our marginalized communities and advocates for healing of the collective between educators, families & community stakeholders for the freedom of the whole Deaf child’s educational human experience.

Tara Miles
Panelist

Tara J. Miles is a Manager of Family Education programs at Laurent Clerc Center, located on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.  She oversees family involvement programs, develops and implements diverse programs that cater to families and their deaf children, and oversees long-standing programs such as Shared Reading Project and Family ASL classes. She serves as a liaison between the home and school.  She is also a Lead Teacher for the Curriculum Enhancement/Physical Education department and serves as a trainer for Clerc Center, providing workshops for families, schools, and other organizations.  She has obtained her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s degree in Family-Centered Education, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Gallaudet University.  She currently serves as an adjunct professor of Social Work at Gallaudet for the past 5 years and has been invested in the field of education for 20 years.


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