Allow me to introduce myself
My name is Genise Orberson and this is my 13th year teaching middle school science and reading at KSD! I earned both my BS and MA degrees in Deaf Education from Eastern Kentucky University. I am highly qualified to teach middle school science and love doing so. I am the middle school Student Council sponsor and department leader for the middle school. Please feel free to contact me any time about your student, their grades, student council activities, middle school events, or other middle school concerns.
I am a member of Kentucky Education Association and serve as president of our local chapter. I am also a member of Kentucky Educators for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I presented at the KYEDHH conference in 2012 (Teaching Science Vocabulary Conceptually) and the 2013 conference (Overview of Visual Phonics and the KSD middle school teachers presented Paving the Way).
In the middle school, all content teachers teach a reading class. My reading class uses See the Sound/Visual Phonics, and students have demonstrated gains in spelling, reading, and speech articulation. Visual Phonics is NOT cued speech or a communication system. It is a system of 45 written symbols and hand cues which represent the sounds of the English language.
Literacy research has established that phonemic awareness and phonics are a cornerstone of learning to read. Research also shows that strong deaf readers have good phonemic awareness. Through See the Sound/Visual Phonics, students are able to access the code of English sounds without hearing them. I am a licensed See the Sound/Visual Phonics trainer so feel free to ask any questions or learn more on their website. www.seethesound.org