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ECH Regional Support

ECH recruits volunteers who have themselves become educated on these important auditory learning issues and who advocate for the integration of sound enhancement technology in our classrooms. These trained volunteers become Regional Specialists that help to fulfill our mission by educating those in their local community.

If you are interested in joining our team, please refer to the Join Our Mission page and complete an application.


Katie Halberg, M.S. Ed.

Regional Specialist: West Coast
The Institute for Enhanced Classroom Hearing (ECH)

Telephone: (925) 207-5543
Fax: (925) 513-0698
E-mail: Katie@ClassroomHearing.org

Education:

  • M.S. Ed. - California State University, East Bay, 2007
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - California State University, Hayward, 2003
  • BA - California State University, Hayward, 2002: Summa Cum Laude, Top 1%
  • AA - Diablo Valley College, 2000

Awards:
2007 Recipient of the Clorox Service Company Community Foundation Grant of $11,000.00. This grant was used to install sound-field audio amplification systems in classrooms at her school.

Nominated for Teacher of Year for the 2005-2006 School Year

Biography:
Katie Halberg is a Regional Specialist for ECH. She resides in Brentwood, California and is a third grade teacher at Garin Elementary School. Katie's mission is to educate fellow teachers and parents that are unconsciously unaware of the important issue of classroom acoustics and auditory learning. Katie holds a Master's of Science Degree in Education and Curriculum, and wrote her thesis on the use of audio amplification systems in the classroom. This topic has become her passion. Her overall goal is to create awareness and share the benefits with other parents and teachers in hope that more schools will become audio enhanced.

 

Jeanne Pease, M.A., NBCT

Regional Specialist: South Central
The Institute for Enhanced Classroom Hearing (ECH)

Telephone: (918) 346-0889 (text)
Fax: (918) 833-9659
E-mail: Jeanne@ClassroomHearing.org (preferred communication method)

Education:

  • Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Public School Administration at Oral Roberts University (with a focus on Early Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss Service Delivery Models)
  • M.A. Ed. (Curriculum Development) – Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK 2008
  • Certification courses for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Autism and Deaf/Blind, Tulsa, OK 1998-2002
  • B.A. Ed (Deaf Education) – Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 1982

Awards:
National Board Teacher Certification – Exceptional Individuals 2004

Master Special Education Teacher Program, Oklahoma State Department of Education 2007-2008 (Workshop title: “Minimal Hearing Loss, A Big Deal?”)

Oral Roberts University Graduate School of Education: Most Outstanding Achievement Graduate Student 2008

Biography:
Jeanne Pease is a Regional Specialist for ECH. She resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has been a special education teacher at Memorial High School for eleven years. Prior to her move to Tulsa, Jeanne taught students who are deaf or hard of hearing for eight years in Texas, Missouri and Iowa.

Because of her own severe-profound deafness, Jeanne understands not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level the impact of hearing loss, however mild, on language and education. While doing research in preparation for the Master Teacher Program, Jeanne came across the Classroom Hearing website and incorporated information on Sound Enhancement Systems from this website in her workshop presentations. One of the most exciting things about SES is that it not only helps those children with minimal hearing loss, but ALL children! Comments from those currently using the SES are never new or surprising – previous research articles about SES have already shared similar findings.

Jeanne’s goal is to help teachers, parents and schools to grasp the potential of this technology to improve learning for ALL students, to enhance existing technology such as SmartBoards, and to assist teachers in maintaining student attention and classroom management.