|Department||World Languages & Culture|
|Education||Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Minor in Biology from the University of Texas at Brownsville, Master of Science in Deaf Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and Postrado en Readaptación al Esfuerzo de La Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona Spain|
|Why TSAS?||Initially I applied at TSAS because I wanted a shorter commute, but little did I know I would soon be working at the best high school in Tulsa. Starting from the interview on I was really impressed with the staff and the things that are happening at TSAS. I’m excited to be part of this community!|
|Interesting Fact||I have a wife and two children, Isabela and Joaquin Cuauhtémoc. I served 8 years in the U.S. Navy. Besides English and Spanish, I am also fluent in American Sign Language. My wife and I love to dance salsa, bachata, and merengue. I played ruby in Barcelona and was part of the 2004 Spanish national championship team. I am a Texas Longhorn fan (Hook-Em Horns)!|
This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Students will focus on learning the ASL alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar structure, fingerspelling, commands, and ASL questions. Students will be given the opportunity to develop both receptive and expressive skills in order to hold a beginning-level conversation with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of ASL. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, as well as information on deaf role models, are included in the course.
This course is designed for students to expand their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of American Sign Language studied during the first level course. Students are given the opportunity to continue to develop both their receptive and expressive skills in order to communicate effectively with deaf individuals. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, opportunities to interact with the deaf community and information on deaf role models are included in the course. Students also study different sign language systems in existence.
Hola! Spanish Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several different aspects of culture (Language, History, Art, Culinary Arts, Geography, Demographics, Music, Cinematography) in Spain, Mexico, Central America other South American-speaking countries. All coursework and instruction will be in English, but hopefully the students will learn some new Spanish phrases along the way!
This course assumes no prior Spanish knowledge and teaches students to listen, speak, read and write Spanish on an elementary level. This is accomplished through activities, projects, and lessons from a variety of sources and experiences that focus on these four skills.
This course builds upon the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing learned in Spanish I through activities, projects, and lessons from our curriculum (Avancemos II) and other sources that focus on these four skills.