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Miss Katie Boornazian


My name is Katie Boornazian and this is my 7th year teaching at the John Powers Center! I am so excited to be teaching Middle School!

I was born and raised in Connecticut, and went to college at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York, where I received my Bachelors in Graphic Design and my Masters in Deaf Education. I moved to Illinois in 2011, and have been working with elementary through high school deaf students ever since!

One of the biggest reasons why I became a teacher for the deaf is because I wanted to advocate for the needs of deaf children. I am profoundly deaf and was brought up oral with hearing aids, eventually learning sign language in college. Now, I like to think that I have the best of both worlds! My teaching philosophy is that communication is the key to success. I realize that every child learns differently and I enjoy helping students achieve goals and build self-advocacy skills that will benefit them in the future!

A Few of my Favorite Things:

Food: Tacos and Chocolate

TV Show: Friday Night Lights and Grey's Anatomy

Color: Royal Blue

Drink: Green Tea or Starbucks!

Season: Autumn

Sports Teams: Blackhawks, Cubs, and the New York Giants!

Favorite Vacation Spots: Disney World & Alaska

Favorite Stores: Target and Michaels

Animals: Owls

Interests: Crafting, Country Music, Traveling, Sports, trying new things!