Mr. Joseph Holmberg

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Mr. Joseph Holmberg

Email: JHOLMB@NEISD.NET

Degrees and Certifications:

Associates of Art in Liberal Arts/Education-Rock Valley Community College (Rockford, Illinois)

Bachelors of Arts in History-Gallaudet University (Washington, DC)

Masters of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Deaf and Hard of Hearing-Rochester Institute of Technology

 

Joseph Marvin Holmberg

I can generally be found in room G 202 which is located on the G-wing of the second floor of the Johnson High main building.

I hail from Rockford, Illinois (close to Chicago which is the home of Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago-style hot dogs, extreme weather, and all the great stuff that I am currently missing). Upon graduating from the high school, I went to several different colleges and universities where I graduated with the degrees and with a lot of research under my belt, I went on to become a college professor for many a year. I pretty much fell into this field because I was born into it seeing that American Sign Language is pretty much my first native language as well as the language of English. I also had a working knowledge of Spanish. I had some exposure to Serbian Sign Language and Mexican Sign Language as well as the Japanese Sign Language.

I do the American Sign Language teaching to represent the deaf community in the right light and that is what I am part of basically all my life. I offer literature, art, poetry, history, as well as the syntax, pragmatics, morphology, and other aspects of the language and culture that truly belongs to the deaf people.  In general, I provide the information that is born out of Deaf Studies research and trends that goes with the field. All that is totally alien to the high school students to begin with.

What can one learn from my life long journey? That the world is more diverse than one thinks. And that the deaf people can literally do anything except to hear (contributed to Bernard, the first deaf president of a university in 19th century, not Jordan King, the first deaf president of Gallaudet University after the Deaf President Now (DPN) protests in 1988 which is often whom the credit is mistakenly given). I am a living proof of that.  The point that I am trying to make is that if I, as a deaf person, can do this or that…. I am to be an example as to why that there is no excuse that a student cannot do this without trying. As Thomas Edison, other deaf person, was quoted saying “1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”.

My pastimes are playing video games, role-playing games, reading books, watching movies, and to participate in socials or events within the deaf community. My interests are current events, politics, and history. My favorite food is Mexican food (real authentic ones, not these that passed for such here in United States), authentic Chicago foods (can be found at Wrigleyville, a Chicago-themed restaurant here in San Antonio), anything with bacon, and various gourmet burgers (still looking for the holy grail that is an inside- outside burger like that Cajun restaurant in Humble, Texas)

  • Class Schedule of 2018/2019

    1st Period (8:45-9:35)     American Sign Language I 2nd Period (9:40-10:35)   American Sign Language I 3rd Period (10:40-11:30)  American Sign Language II 4th Period (11:35-12:25)  American Sign Language III/IV 5th Period (12:30-1:20)    Lunch (can be available for tutoring) 6th Period (1:25-2:15)     American Sign Language I 7th Period (2:20-3:10)     American Sign Language II 8th Period (3:15-4:05)     Prep (can be available for tutoring)

    Flex Schedule (most Tuesdays and Wednesdays):

    1st Period (8:45-9:30)     American Sign Language I 2nd Period (9:30-10:25)   American Sign Language I Flex Period (10:30-11:05) Flex/Study Time 3rd Period (11:10-11:55)  American Sign Language II 4th Period (12:00-12:45)  American Sign Language II/IV 5th Period (12:50-1:35)    Lunch (Can be available for tutoring) 6th Period (1:40-2:25)     American Sign Language I 7th Period (2:30-3:15)     American Sign Language II 8th Period (3:20-4:05)     Prep (can be available for tutoring)

    Tutoring: I can be available to tutor before and after the school. I would be willing to fit in a student’s busy schedule when the request is being made for the help.

    Quotes to live by:

    As long as we have deaf... As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people. (George Verditz, 1910) 

    Sign language is the noblest gift God has given to deaf people. Wherever the deaf have received an education the method by which it is imparted is the burning question of the day with them, for the deaf are what their schooling make them more than any other class of humans. (George Verditz, 1910)