American Sign Language teacher Mary Alummoottil strives to mentor her students and teach them strategies for thinking and learning that will impact the rest of their lives. Mary encourages her students to exercise their creativity and critical thinking as they embrace the fun of learning. Mary’s classes center on student participation so that all students are actively engaged with ASL. Mary seeks open communication and connection. She often tells students she learns just as much from them as they learn from her!
Mary comes to Einstein with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and a minor in Psychology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In the classroom, Mary incorporates her experiences as a homeschooling mother and as a private tutor. She also brings a unique understanding of what it is like to learn ASL as a student. Although Mary became Deaf as a baby, she was not introduced to ASL until she was in middle school. This grants Mary special insight into the ASL language-learning process. She frequently calls on memories of her own experience to better guide and instruct her students.