"I applied to the Scholars program in conjunction with an honors thesis. I hope to learn about the history of deaf education and this helps to facilitate that education. My goals for this academic year are to graduate with a 4.0 and get into law school."
My primary academic and research interests are in disability history and history in general.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Anderson Scholar of the Highest Distinction (2010)
- UF Golden Key
- Phi Alpha Thete
- Aplata History Journal
Currently no stable volunteer work outside what is done through Golden Key. In the past I have volunteered in Collier County law offices and Collier County domestic animal services.
Hobbies and Interests
- Watching Sci-Fi shows, gardening, reading, and writing stories.
History of Deaf Education in Florida
My project is a study of the history of deaf education in Florida comparative to the national, historical, trends in deaf special education in the United States. It will be primarily concerned with the time period between 1870 and 1980s, during which the debate between two major teaching methods occurred within deaf schools. These methods were oralism (which focused on lip reading and speech production) and manualism (which used sign language to educate the children). As my research is in the history department, my time will be divided between secondary and primary research. My secondary research will be primarily through books, while my primary research will be from a variety of material potentially including, but not limited to, newspaper articles, laws, court cases, and oral history. The majority of my research will be conducted in the fall, so that an honors thesis can be written in the spring.