Staff Directory

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Taylor Benenate

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Taylor is an itinerant teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing and has worked at Strafford Learning Center since 2015. Taylor received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Arts degree from Smith College in Education of the Deaf. Taylor has worked with preschool aged students through high school that use a variety of hearing technology, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and hearing assistive technology systems (HAT/FM systems). In addition to her experience working with students that are deaf/hard of hearing in the academic setting, Taylor has also coordinated social programs/events and co-directed a summer sleep-away camp for kids with hearing loss.

Katherine Osswald

Katherine Osswald

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

t: 603-692-4411 Ext 22

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Katie is an itinerant teacher of deaf with over 20 years of experience educating deaf and hard of hearing children and has been working for Strafford Learning Center for 11 years. She has taught pre-K through high school students in a variety of settings from Deaf programs to mainstream public schools. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education with a minor in Interpreting from the University of North Carolina. Katie also received a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist and is a certified child sign language instructor. Katie recently has become business owner, as well as a licensed Foster care parent. She lives in Hampton with her husband, two children, and many animals. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, working out and surfing. Katie's dedication to educating deaf and hard of hearing children moves well beyond the classroom. She continues to maintain relationships with former students, coordinates summer activities, and conducts educational camps.

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Sara Valence

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

t: 603-692-4411 Ext 22

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Sara is an itinerant teacher of the deaf who has worked at Strafford Learning Center since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Arts degree in Education of the Deaf from Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts. Through a partnership program between Smith College and Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Sara has received extensive training in working with students who utilize cochlear implants and hearing aids, as well as FM systems. Sara has worked with a wide range of students with varying degrees of hearing loss anywhere from preschool to high school. Outside of the classroom setting, Sara worked as a residential counselor as well as a classroom teacher for a summer program exclusively for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.