Rogelio Contreras

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Rogelio Contreras
Department Foreign Language and Literature
House Career & College
Joined 2015
Education Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Minor in Biology from the University of Texas at Brownsville; Master of Science in Deaf Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas; Postrado en Readaptación al Esfuerzo de La Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona Spain
Why I teach I teach because being part of a profession that helps young people become critical thinkers, productive members in the world, improve their quality of life, and help open up opportunities for them is a job that I am proud to do and be a part of. I teach, but also learn how to become a better teacher and person everyday from my students and colleagues.
About me My name is Rogelio Contreras, but I go by Profe. at TSAS. My wife Diane and I have two beautiful children, Isabela and Joaquín. I have been teaching Spanish and American Sign Language at TSAS for 5 years. I love watching college football, dancing salsa, playing golf (recent hobby), reading, politics, traveling, trying new recipes, learning about different cultures, and spending time with family and friends.

American Sign Language I

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Students will focus on learning the ASL alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar structure, fingerspelling, commands, and ASL questions. Students will be given the opportunity to develop both receptive and expressive skills in order to hold a beginning-level conversation with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of ASL. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, as well as information on deaf role models, are included in the course.

Career & College House
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

American Sign Language II

This course is designed for students to expand their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of American Sign Language studied during the first level course. Students are given the opportunity to continue to develop both their receptive and expressive skills in order to communicate effectively with deaf individuals. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, opportunities to interact with the deaf community and information on deaf role models are included in the course. Students also study different sign language systems in existence.

Career & College House
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Courses offered previously

Spanish Culture

Hola! Spanish Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several different aspects of culture (Language, History, Art, Culinary Arts, Geography, Demographics, Music, Cinematography) in Spain, Mexico, Central America other South American-speaking countries. All coursework and instruction will be in English, but hopefully the students will learn some new Spanish phrases along the way!



Rating Men
Liz Birr '21

Comparing Our Attraction


Hard Working Hands
Alejandra Viridiana Guzman '20

A resource website, gallery and poetry demonstration.


Creating a Business as a High School Student
Celeste Waitkus '20

Creating a business in high school