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Etel Leit ,
SignShine® Founder & Owner & Child Communication Expert
B.A., Hebrew and Arabic Language & Literature; M.A., Educational Administration
Home Town:
Jerusalem, Israel
I Learned Sign Language from:
When Zoe, my daughter was 2 months old, I could not find any ASL classes which emphasized on baby world. Maxi, my amazing private teacher, who is deaf and taught me ASL with a lot of love and patience. The only way to communicate with Maxi was via ASL. What a gift!
A Day in my Life:
Getting up very early before everyone, come home and make yummy breakfast for my kiddos. Enjoy growing SignShine in so many creative and fun ways I clearly LOVE my job and consider myself one lucky person. We have family dinner every night. Music, working out, dancing and learning new things are always part of my days.
Three Things that make me Smile:
My kids, sincerity and simple ways to look at the world, and my family phone calls from Israel.
I Love Working with Children because:
I am the first born and have 5 loving siblings. We are very close. I love touching young souls and their parents. I truly believe that discovering and sharing the excitement of language is magical. To see the light in the eyes of a baby and her parents when they're suddenly communicating is truly a wonder.
Coffee or Tea:
Coffee. Bold. With Almond Milk.
Someone who influenced my Life:
My 3 sisters and 2 brothers who teach me the real meaning of unconditional love.
 
Mara Bassani-Santamaria ,
Instructor & Interpreter, SignShine® Classes Coordinator
B.A., Spanish, American Sign Language Interpreter
I Learned Sign Language from:
At Pierce College's Interpreter Training Program
A Day in my Life:
Is never the same! I wake up early, feed the kitties, and then I am off interpreting various situations all throughout the city and/or I'm teaching little ones!
Three Things that make me Smile:
Children, Animals, and Nature
I Love Working with Children because:
It's so inspiring. To watch a child have new experiences and learn, is truly magical.
Coffee or Tea:
Depending on the intensity of the day, I drink coffee or Chai tea.
Someone who influenced my Life:
My mother - a hard working, goal oriented, successful woman who always taught me positive, worldly lessons in life. She also passed on her love of languages to me, having worked as a trilingual Professor before retiring.
 
Pashyo Sarkin ,
Drum Circle Instructor
Bachelor in Science. Trained as a Classical Dancer at Volksoper Vienna and in African drumming, Music classes at El Camino College.
Home Town:
Vienna, Austria
A Day in my Life:
Teaching classes and working on my computer.
Three Things that make me Smile:
Children, dogs and my beloved.
I Love Working with Children because:
they tug at my heart.
Coffee or Tea:
Both.
Someone who influenced my Life:
Osho, Indian Mystic
 
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