Motivation was Key for this Special Graduate

“My advice to deaf students is to be motivated, work hard, and never give up,” – Edwin Alfaro-Ulloa.
“My advice to deaf students is to be motivated, work hard, and never give up,” – Edwin Alfaro-Ulloa.

Ms. Cynthia Quinlan, South Huntington’s Assistant Supervisor of Special Education shared a wonderful story recently of one of our South Huntington graduates. “At age thirteen I stopped school in Honduras and my father and uncle taught me carpentry,” signed Edwin David Alfaro-Ulloa in his graduation Farewell Address from the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.

Edwin moved to America in 2014 and was enrolled in Mill Neck Manor School as well as vocational programs at BOCES for carpentry and construction electricity. “Edwin gave (signed) the farewell address and received three awards,” said Ms. Quinlan.  “He was awarded the Mill Neck Manor Educational Association Leadership award, the Massapequa ASL club award, and the Shameka Edwards Character Award.    It was a beautiful and special day for him and his family.”

“Thank You Mom and Dad for all your support, love and encouragement, and thank you to my School District,” signed Edwin. “I was able to learn a lot because I was never absent, I was motivated, and worked hard.”