Maelyn Entwistle (SED’06,’08) has found her calling. After completing a bachelor’s degree in deaf studies at the School of Education, she is now pursuing a master’s degree in deaf education.
In addition to her studies, Entwistle has been volunteering in the same language arts classroom at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the past three years. “It was fun to see the students grow,” she says of the third to sixth graders she continues to tutor. Entwistle was also president of SED’s Deaf Studies Club during her junior year.
Now, as one of 19 students chosen for a Fall 2006 Book Award, Entwistle will receive $500 for textbooks, supplies, and software. The Book Awards Program gives the annual award on the basis of merit to SED juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
After graduation, Entwistle plans to teach deaf elementary-age students. “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little kid,” she says, “and I’ve always been interested in sign language, so I just kind of put the two together.”