Our highly trained teachers of the deaf provide individualized speech, language, and academic intervention to students with hearing loss each day. All are certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, or in the process of becoming certified.
The Teachers of the Deaf work as a team with the school’s speech pathologist, audiologist, classroom teachers, and parents to ensure the best possible outcomes for every child with a hearing loss.
In brief, Teachers of the Deaf at Tucker Maxon School:
– provide 20 minutes of individualized speech, language, and/or academic support each day. This could be in the form of one-on-one pull-out, small groups pull-out, or in-classroom support.
– work on each child’s IEP goals, using a variety of strategies.
– do daily sound checks to ensure a child’s hearing devices are properly working.
– are case managers for the deaf and hard of hearing students, both writing and overseeing their IEPs and 504 Plans.
– work with school districts and parents to help them transition to their neighborhood schools.
– do annual assessments of our deaf and hard of hearing students in collaboration with the school’s speech-language pathologist.
Rebecca ArcherEarly Intervention & Teacher of the Deaf Tucker Maxon School
Rebecca was born with profound hearing loss, and was enrolled into Tucker Maxon’s early intervention program at about 7-8 months of age and fit with hearing aids. She fully mainstreamed in first grade with support from itinerant teachers of Tucker Maxon until high school.
Rebecca graduated from George Fox University in 1999 with a bachelor’s in elementary education, and then from Lewis and Clark College in 2003 with a master’s in deaf education. She received a cochlear implant in the spring of 2002, and is now able to talk on the phone and listen to the radio. It was one of the best decisions she had ever made!
She started working at Tucker Maxon in the fall of 2000 as an elementary teacher for a couple years before returning to school for her masters. After that, she worked with her dual certification as a classroom teacher, itinerant teacher, pull-out teacher, substitute teacher, and now as the early intervention teacher. Rebecca loves to teach! She also spent a year overseeing the process of the school being accredited with OPTION.
Rebecca’s husband, Chris Archer, is also a Tucker Maxon alum. They have 3 school-aged children with typical hearing, and their home is in Vancouver. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, bargain shopping, trying new recipes, and going for runs.
Jennifer CarverTeacher of the Deaf Tucker Maxon School
Jennifer Carver was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is the oldest of 4 sisters. She graduated from Portland State University with a BS in History. She started working at Tucker-Maxon as an EA in December of 2000. She entered the Masters of Education program at Lewis and Clark College in 2002 and graduated with a Masters of Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2003. She did some of her studies, student teaching, and a mentorship at Tucker-Maxon during her Masters Program. She married Scott Carver in September of 2004 and moved to Lacey, Washington for two years, where she taught children ages 2 to 18 with low vision, blindness, and hearing impairment. She and her husband then moved to Eugene, Oregon for a short time and Scott and Jennifer welcomed their first daughter Olivia.
In 2008 the Carver family moved back to Portland and Jennifer returned to Tucker-Maxon. She has taught in both the elementary and preschool programs. She recently welcomed a second daughter into her family, and is now working with deaf and hard of hearing students one-on-one and in small groups as a Teacher of the Deaf. Jennifer loves spending time with her family, traveling, and reading and crafting.
Linda GoodwinPrincipal & Teacher of the Deaf Tucker Maxon School
Linda Cook Goodwin was born in Albany, New York. She is the oldest of 8 children. She grew up in Upper State New York where she eventually went to SUNY Plattsburgh. Before graduating with a degree in Communication Disorders, she meet her husband Rick and became a lifelong hockey fan. They were married in 1982 and they moved to his hometown in Montreal, Quebec. There she attended McGill University for 2 years and received her MSc degree in Auditory Oral Rehabilitation. While attending McGill she did internships at The NY League for the Hard of Hearing in New York City, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario, The Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and at Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, OR.
After choosing Tucker-Maxon to start her career, Linda and her husband packed a van and a UHaul trailer and traveled across the US and Canada to Portland, OR. After working at Tucker for 2 years, Linda was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Rookie Teacher of the Year Award. A few months later her son, Russell Richard was born and was followed three years later by his brother Jackson Lee. Linda has worked at Tucker for 29 years. She has worked with families in Early Intervention and taught preschool, elementary and done itinerant work with students in K – high school. She is currently the principal at Tucker.
Linda and her family enjoy camping, boating and traveling yearly to visit family in Sydney, BC and back east to Virginia, North Carolina and New York.
Brynne PowellTeacher of the Deaf Tucker Maxon School
Brynne received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland in speech pathology/audiology in 2013. After graduating, she completed one year of AmeriCorps in Boston working at an inner city school coordinating a program to bring students’ mathematics, reading, and writing skills up to grade level. She then completed a Masters in Education of the Deaf program at Smith College, which is when she interned at Clarke schools and Tucker Maxon. Brynne has also lived in Montpellier France for one year. This past year, she worked as a teacher of the deaf for Portland Public Schools.
Michelle ProctorTeacher of the Deaf, Preschool Teacher Tucker Maxon School
Michelle started at Tucker Maxon in August 2005. She has worked in the Preschool and the Elementary departments.
Michelle is the mother of two beautiful girls, Destiny 15 and Savannah 11, and one adorable Chorkie, Dewy. She has been married to her husband for 18 years. Michelle married her high school sweetheart and had children early in life. It wasn’t until she had children and was a stay at home mom that she decided she wanted to work with young children. She attend Clackamas Community college and received her AA in Early Childhood Education. She worked for Head Start for 2 years before starting at Tucker-Maxon. She worked at Tucker-Maxon for 2 years before she started back to school at Warner Pacific for her BS in Human Development with a minor in Child Development. She then went on to a master’s program to become a Teacher of the Deaf. After graduating with her master’s degree in oral deaf education she started teaching in the elementary department where she has taught 1st and 2nd graders for 3 years. She is overjoyed to be back in the preschool department.
Michelle grew up in northern California just south of Lake Tahoe. She moved to Oregon in 1996 and absolutely loves it. Michelle enjoys attending her daughter’s sporting and other extracurricular activities. When she has free time she lives for getting lost in a great book, crafting, baking and visiting friends. Michelle also loves to spend time outside hiking, camping and exploring the coast. Recently she has been learning to kayak.
Anne SmythTeacher of the Deaf Tucker Maxon School
Born and raised in Portland, Anne received a B.A. in government from Pomona College in Claremont, California. She spent six months in France during college, where she visited her French cousins each weekend and developed a love of the culture. After college, Anne worked at KINK Radio in Portland for 9 year as office manager and writer of an environmental feature, Subject: Earth. After her children, Colleen and Spencer, were born, Anne decided to stay home. She busied herself working in their classrooms, serving on PTAs, and lobbying Salem for more money for schools.
After her third child, Frances, was born with a profound hearing loss, which was identified at 7 months, Anne became immersed in a new subject: auditory/oral communication. She was fortunate enough to live just two miles from Tucker-Maxon, where her hearing children were attending preschool, and started Frances in their early intervention program right away. When Frances started kindergarten in the mainstream, Anne began work on a master’s in deaf education at Lewis & Clark. She has been a teacher of the deaf at Tucker-Maxon since graduating in 2005.
Anne was a presenter at two Oregon AG Bell conferences: Strategies for Developing Language in Children Who Wear Cochlear Implants, and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss. She also served on the board of the Oregon Chapter of AG Bell for four years and the Oregon Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Committee for four years. She testified in Salem in favor of passage of the Newborn Infant Hearing Screening law. She also helped create a video for deaf educators in Minnesota entitled Teaching Conversational Competence to Children with Hearing Loss. She received her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification in 2008.
In her free time, Anne enjoys fishing, hiking and kayaking at her family’s lake cabin in Washington, as well as running and walking her dog in her neighborhood. She also loves to read, work puzzles, cook, and knit.