Abbeys school experiences include a variety of educational placements ranging from self-contained classroom to mainstream. At times, she was the only deaf student in her school.
She frequently draws upon these experiences when discussing the pros and cons of various educational approaches with parents and D/HH students.
Standardized tests presented the biggest obstacle as Abbey sought to become a D/HH teacher. The ability to interpret and answer questions correctly was a challenge. Supportive family and friends helped her through this and other typical college obstacles. Conquering these difficulties made her a stronger person.
Abbey feels that teachers can make a great impact. She still remembers the special teachers who shaped her education and outlook on life. One of her goals is to be a hopeful role model.
Abbey loves the challenging field of deaf education. She tries to give students a traditional education following state standards as well as instruction in the life skills necessary for success. This might include conversations with students regarding hypothetical situations or experiences they have had in the community. Sometimes, it simply helps the students to have a teacher that has walked on a similar path.