Daily Cultural Participation Rubric and Q & A
Cynthia E. Ross “Cindy Beth” was born Deaf due to her parents’ having the 26 deafness genes. She has an older brother (who identifies as hearing), an older sister who is hearing and a younger sister (who identifies as deaf/hearing) with some hearing loss. Cindy Beth received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Her first language was Signed Exact English (SEE) and was mostly oral until she went to RIT and became more of an ASL signer. After graduation, she became a Mathematics substitute teacher at Rochester School for the Deaf which was where she found her calling-teaching students. She also worked for Michigan School for the Deaf for a short time. In 2008, she grabbed the opportunity to work as a teacher at California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) for three years and became a stay-at-home mom for the next four years. She received her Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Education Credential from National University in 2016. After several years as she was getting ready to go back to teaching, there were no positions available at CSDR at the time. She proceeded and applied for ASL positions at various high schools. She was hired as one of the ASL teachers at Murrieta Valley High School as she fell in love with teaching ASL at the high school level. She returned to National University for her Single Subject Teaching Credential in ASL as she was officially cleared in June of 2019. Riverside School Unified District (RUSD) has been looking for ASL teachers for the last few years and had been struggling to find one until Cindy Beth came along. She has since become the first and only Deaf ASL teacher at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside as she will help the school and district establish the ASL program in the Fall 2019-2020 school year. She is married to Michael Butterfield and has two children-Hunter and Londyn (all are CODAs).