Canterbury Woods Elementary Launches Mentoring Program for Students Who Are Deaf-Hard of Hearing

School News
February 24, 2020

The FCPS MentorWorks program is partnering with the NVRC (Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf-Hard of Hearing Persons (D-HOH)) to pair D-HOH students with D-HOH mentors. The program will launch at Canterbury Woods Elementary School, where students receive D-HOH services in a site-based program and use a variety of modalities, including oral-auditory, cued language, and American Sign Language. Thanks to nine adult community volunteers, about one-third of these students will also be matched with community mentors who will meet with their mentees one-on-one or in a small group setting allowing for conversation that goes beyond academics. This mentoring program is unique because students are not only matched with a caring adult, but with an adult who can share their experiences as a D-HOH individual and provide guidance as students navigate their own challenges.  Want to be a mentor or know someone who would make a great mentor to FCPS students? Visit the FCPS MentorWorks website or contact Martha Macdonald at mmacdonald@fcps.edu for more information.