April 24, 2015 Breakfast Meeting

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Event Details

This month’s WIN Breakfast Meeting is Friday, April 24, and will be held in the Capri Ballroom of the Peppermill Casino Resort Spa.

The buffet opens at 7 a.m., with the program running from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $30 for non-members and $15 for members who do not have the Pre-Paid membership. Tickets will be available for online purchase the month of the event, OR attendees can pay at the door.

This month’s Breakfast Sponsor is:


Jean Irwin presents “Developing an Ear for Language with the Deaf”

Jean_Irwin_ResizedJean Irwin Hatfield is a retired Teacher of the Deaf from Nevada who currently resides in Rancho Cordova, California. She has taught in grades pre-school through 12th grade in 12 different schools.

An Ambassadorial Scholarship Jean received from Rotary International allowed her to do research in reading and deafness 24 years ago which earned her a Master’s Degree from Nottingham University in England. After this education, her students broke what is considered a glass ceiling for the deaf and achieved high levels of reading. These methods have great implications for addressing illiteracy in hearing children.

One of the most important roles Jean has had was as a grassroots coordinator for the passage of a legislative bill to make the testing of hearing mandatory before a baby leaves the hospital in Nevada. Nevada moved from 36th to 8th in the nation for children tested at birth for hearing loss in just two years after this bill passed, resulting in the early intervention that is so critical to language development.

Jean was chosen “Reading Teacher of the Year” in 1992 by the International Reading Association. She received the “Best of Education” award from the Reno Gazette Journal in 2004, and in 2009 she received the “Service Above Self” award from Rotary International.

She has spoken over 400 times at conferences, service group meetings, and to train teachers of the deaf about what she learned as an educator of the deaf, most recently in Belize and Brazil.

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