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Michelle Woodruff

"I was an MSSE student from 2004 to 2006, and am proud to be an MSSE alumni. I made the best decision by enrolling in this program. MSSE has an excellent internship program and it certainly prepared me to become a confident teacher. I had internships at the Michigan School for the Deaf and Kansas School for the Deaf. The internships helped me to gain confidence as a teacher. The MSSE program has truly amazing professors who were fully involved with us. I continue sharing wonderful MSSE experiences with my family, colleagues and friends.

"I am married to George Woodruff who is also a RIT alumnus. My maiden name is Johnston. We got married in Chicago on July 14, 2007. We have an amazing son who was born on 08-08-08, and we have two cats and live in Chicago. I am an instructional specialist at Harper Community College in Palatine, IL, where I teach English classes. I recently had my students use a webcam to write an essay. The students use their first language, American Sign Language, to translate into written English via the webcam. This community college has the best support service for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Illinois. It hosts many deaf events that benefit the community. I enjoy this job very much."

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