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December 2018

  • Isabella Gomez, Senior at MLA

    Isabella Gomez, a senior at Mater Lakes, was selected to attend the LOFT leadership program through the AGBell Association last summer. This is a leadership program designed for deaf and hard of hearing students. She is the first student in Miami-Dade County to be nominated and selected to attend this program.  She has taken an active role in the state chapter. She also has spoken to and now serves on their advocacy committee.

    As a result of her experiences and her work, she was invited to give a two minute speech about her journey at the AGBell Gala in Washington DC on November 28th. This is an annual event that raises funds and awareness about hearing loss.

    Here is a little about Isabella’s history: Isabella was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 6 and was fitted with hearing aids. During her 10th grade year it was discovered that Isabella’s hearing loss was progressive meaning it was getting worse. She went from having a moderate hearing loss to being deaf. She received her first cochlear implant in 2016 and then the second one in October of this year from the University of Miami Cochlear Implant team.

    Isabella is a high achieving student whose success can be attributed in large part to the help and support she has received at Mater Lakes. We are proud of Isabella.