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February 25, 2004

My name is Jovan Johnson, I am a 4th year ASL student at South Kitsap high school. I will be starting SCCC's interpreter program in 2005 and moving to the Seattle/Tacoma area this summer. I am offering my services as a nanny to deaf or HOH kids in the area. I would be willing to work pretty much anywhere in, around or between Seattle and Tacoma. I could start as soon as the end of June.

My qualifications:

The ASL program at our school gives us the opportunity to work with the elementary schools and teach ASL to the students. I have been doing this for 2 years and it has been a very positive experience for me. We are not allowed to talk at all to the children, just sign. It can be hard since they are all hearing kids that don't know any sign, but I love a challenge. I love working with children and being able to use something I have worked so hard at. This has taught me so much about the subtle differences between deaf and hearing, and how to handle children who face communication barriers.

I think that starting out young is important too. It means I will be able to devote more time and attention to the child without worries of my own. I am still energetic and willing to chase a hyper child around the yard a few times. Also, It could possibly mean a life-long bond with them and their family.

If you are interested you can contact me at: zebraphreak@aol.com or phone at (360)871-3777

Thanks,
Jovan

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