New to my blog and wondering what this is all about?
I am a Deaf Education Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Kenya. I am a hearing individual with no prior sign language, so Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) is my first. My assignment, teaching at a deaf school in Mombasa, will keep me here at least until January 2011, longer if I extend to a third year. I arrived in Kenya in November 2008.
I specifically requested to be placed in the Peace Corps educational sector as opposed to the IT or business development sector because I feel that I can do more good for more people here. I hope that over time, my blog can attest to my success.
At the moment I am teaching three subjects: Creative Arts, English, and Maths, the first two lower primary students and the latter at the vocational school.
Before leaving for Kenya, I was happily and busily employed as Director of New Technology at SDI Media, the global leader in subtitling and language dubbing. My role encompassed both sales engineering, system design, and project management. Pictured at left is me (squatted, lower left) in Portugal for an important technical launch.
After work on most Wednesdays (when I was not travelling), I also volunteered for School On Wheels, acting as a tutor for local homeless children trying to get back on track at school.
In my spare time I also completed The Mustachioed Bandit Meets His End, a feature-length film that I wrote, financed, directed, and edited. Pictured on the far right is me reviewing script changes on the set. The DVD is highly accessible, containing among other languages, English and Latin American Spanish Closed Captions and English, German, and Italian Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, I acquired my BA in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UC San Diego, where I also managed the student-run television station, fundraised a hefty cash infusion, and handled a volunteer staff of forty.
When I am not busy writing biographies that read like resumes, I also enjoy a little graffiti art: