#NADHandwave: June 2014

felice marcus

Felice Marcus is a mainstream schoolteacher at the Indian Pines Elementary School. She has tremendous passion as shown through her teaching experience for more than 25 years! Her dedication to making sure other deaf children got an education is amazing given that Felice herself grew up in public schools with little accommodations and no access to sign language.

She previously taught at The Learning Center and the New York School for the Deaf, and took on her current position as a K-2 teacher at a public school when she needed to move to south Florida to take care of her mother.

Interpreters have repeatedly told her that her classroom is a “magic land” for deaf and hard of hearing students at this public school. Anyone who visits her classroom will see the students thriving and enthusiastically learning with this dynamic and committed teacher who has high expectations from her students. She also has volunteered countless hours of ASL storytelling at various community events.

Currently, she is working with a non-profit organization, Waving Hands, which is dedicated to the re-telling of children’s books through American Sign Language (ASL). It is her goal to host monthly storytelling events at libraries for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.

She is a past Deaf Olympian, winning gold twice in basketball in 1981 and 1985.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) gives monthly #NADHandwaves to people in our community. This is a great opportunity for the NAD to recognize people who do the work they do. With such great people, the world continues to move. If you know someone who you’d like to nominate for a #NADHandwave, you can submit your suggestion online!

Felice, thank you for ensuring everyday that children are given a chance to shine!