Oscar Rodriguez, B.A.

Oscar Rodriguez, B.A.

Director of Literacy Administration

A Los Angeles native, Oscar has been with the Communication and Language Skills Training Program (CLSTP) since March 2001. He teaches ESL Literacy, basic American Sign Language, life skills, math, and employability. In March 2008, he became the director of CLSTP. He enjoys the challenge of juggling teaching and administration. His cheerful, positive attitude buoys the staff, students, and volunteers who work with him.

Oscar is a dedicated volunteer and was involved with the Deaf Awareness Day committee for 9 years. He has volunteered for many DCS events such as the Summer Picnic, Holiday Party, It’s A Deaf Deaf World, and the DCS anniversary gala. He often gives presentations to schools about DCS’s services and the Literacy Program.

At California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Oscar majored in Deaf Studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. While he was a student, he was involved with the Rose Parade/Deaf CSUNians committee. He also donated his time to serve as a clerical assistant for the National Center on Deafness at CSUN.

Oscar enjoys traveling to different regions in the world, meeting new deaf people and learning their sign language. By using universal sign language, he can communicate with his friends from around the world. Hawaii is one of Oscar’s favorite vacation destinations, but he is ready to visit new places!

Thao Pham

Thao Pham

Literacy Instructor

As a child, Thao had attended a private Deaf school in Vietnam for two years. She and her family were relocated to San Diego, California on March 15, 1994. However, she spoke no English and didn’t know ASL and until she was placed in a public school from 3rd through 12th grade. Although she has been struggling with her English skills, she has achieved many accomplishments and scholarship awards towards her educational goal.

As a result, she reached her mission to attain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bioengineering: Premedical, which included mathematics, physics, heavy science, and extensive writing from University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has taken additional courses at another college for professional development thus providing her with extensive knowledge that she will contribute to the Literacy Program at DCS. With regard to deaf cultural sensitivity and multilingual speaking skills, she has increased her awareness among many culturally diverse groups through her deaf/hearing friends, Vietnamese family members, and deaf blind clients through Helen Keller National Center. She has committed her time to doing volunteer work to help many illiterate people since she first began giving geometry tutoring sessions with her biological sister in 2003.

Thao has other versatile skills she acquired after graduating from UCSD. She loves making clothes, performing arts and crafts, organizing agendas, and conversing about many different wide topics—i.e. diet, health and certain diseases.

DCS is thrilled to have her join the staff.