Kayani IlseMrs. Kayani Ilse teaches American Sign Language at Hudson High School. This is the first year it is being offered in the World Language department, and she loves introducing high school students to ASL as a new language and culture.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Mrs. Ilse:

What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I teach American Sign Language in the World Language department at Hudson High School.

When did you start working at HCSD?
This is my first year working at HCSD.

What does your job entail? What are your job responsibilities/priorities?
I am introducing high school students to American Sign Language as a new language and culture.

What do you like most about your job?
Sharing my love for Sign Language with others.

What is your education background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language to English Interpretation and a Master of Science in Deaf Education.

What is your background like – previous jobs?
I taught Deaf Ed and interpreted for eight years in California. Then when my family moved to New York in 2011, I taught Sign Language for eight years at a private language center in Albany.

Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
I love camping with my family in the mountains and at the beach. I am also actively involved in Girl Scouts as a troop leader to two troops. We participate in large community service projects such as renovating a local preschool’s playground.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
There is always something to be thankful for.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
There is always something to be thankful for!