by Michel Alba

Hello everyone! For this month’s Jag Post teacher of the month is ASL 1, 2, and 3 teacher Mrs. Arias. 

Before teaching Mrs. Arias would intpert for middle school students before becoming a teacher. She attended Palomar College and National University. She began to learn ASL because she had a deaf friend. She was inspired to teach ASL while being an interpreter, she wanted to spread awareness on ASL and one day hopes her students will be able to communicate fluently in ASL. Mrs.Arias believes that it is important for students to learn ASL in order to break down language barriers for deaf people. One thing she’d like to change about how people view ASL is how they think it’s easy although it’s very complicated due to it being a visual language. She enjoys seeing her students improve in the language and getting to know them. A thing she’d like to change about VCHS is instead of having white boards she’d like smart boards. Overall she enjoys teaching ASL and hopes her students will one day be able to communicate with deaf people.

Get to Know Mrs. Arias!

Mrs. Arias is very passionate about her job being a teacher. She enjoys reading and watching shows with her kids. One thing most people don’t know about her is that she has a master’s degree! She has 3 kids ages 7, 5, and 3. She also owns two birds.

Her Impact

Mrs. Arias has had a big impact on many students’ lives, including me ! The reason why I chose her is because of her positive attitude. As well as her understanding character makes learning ASL a great experience. She also has a great pacing with her lessons; Mrs. Arias is very mindful of how difficult learning a new language can be. She has also impacted her past students while interpreting for them and making school an easier and more enjoyable experience. She makes learning ASL enjoyable and is always there to help students when needed.