Michelle Carroll is one of SESA's Deaf and Deaf-blind Education Specialists. She has a masters degree in Deaf Education from Hunter College and a post-graduate certificate in Deaf-Blindness from the Helen Keller National Center. She has presented nationally and internationally including at the World Congress of the Deaf in Madrid, Spain. Her speciality is working with deaf individuals who experience severe/profound disabilities including Deaf-Blindness. This is her ninth year at SESA, and her favorite part of the job is learning and working in traditional Alaska Native villages throughout the state.
Olivia Yancey has been working as an Educational Specialist of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for two years at SESA. She earned her B.S. in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (K-12) from Barton College, North Carolina. Upon graduating, Olivia worked as an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (K-6) and Deaf Education consultant (K-12) in Wyoming. During this time she also volunteered with Goodwill GoodGuides working with a high school student who was deaf on career building skills, and at Deaf Camp, Inc. during the summers as a counselor to middle school students who were deaf and used American Sign Language to communicate. She earned her Masters in Education of the Deaf (MDE) at Vanderbilt University, which has a concentration in teaching students to listen and speak. Before moving to Alaska, Olivia taught middle school mathematics to students with hearing loss who had a variety of communication modes. Her primary focus is to provide students with hearing loss equal access to education and communication.