Yesterday, Maria and I were invited to tour the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts.
We have a long relationship with this school and were overdue for a visit. We learned about this school from our next door neighbor who works there. At our first two Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) seminars we had two deaf students in each seminar. The Learning Center also provided two ASL translators for both seminars. All are now CZTs!
Zentangle proved to be a great fit because it requires little or no spoken instructions to understand. Those of you who have our Zentangle Kit know this because our instructional DVD has no spoken instructions. You do not have to be able to understand English, and you do not have to be able to hear, to "get it."
We visited Jen Blasko's training center. We first met Jen when she came as an ASL translator. At first skeptical on this whole "Zentangle thing," she became a CZT and uses Zentangle as one of the Learning Centers valuable tools. Here we are with Jen in her office with a Zentangle newsletter on her SmartBoard. To the right is Judy B., our neighbor, and Judy V., the head of the Learning Center.
Jen showed us some of the Zentangles that students had created.
We also visited May-Lin Eu's classroom. May-lin is a teacher at the Learning Center. She is deaf and a CZT.
Here's one of her Zentangles:
We had brought along one of our new (as yet unannounced) products, a set of nine Zentangle Puzzle Coasters. Here are some of May-lin's class putting them together.
We are grateful to Judy B. for connecting us with this amazing school. We were fortunate to experience the enthusiasm and passion and excitement in everyone we met there - whether students, teachers, or staff.
Thank you all at the Learning Center for a day we will never forget.
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