Greetings from Mrs. Anderson-Chaffee

Hello! A little glimpse of my evolution into a Longhorn! In 2003, I began teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing students for Santa Clara County Office of Education at Union Middle School. A few years later, I jumped at the opportunity to teach at Leigh High School in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program where my passion to teach continues to thrive. I earned my Education Specialist Credential and masters in Deaf Education from San Jose State University.  To become highly qualified, I earned VPSS certification in Language Arts, Social Sciences and Mathematics which credentialed me in each subject area. In order to feed my soul, I went back to San Jose State to earn a Masters and Credential in Administrative Leadership. I am definitely a life long learner!


I currently teach English and Math to DHH students utilizing sign language as my communication modality. I have served on a great deal of Santa Clara County Office of Education panels and committees, while paving the way for using the Google Platform in County classrooms. I organized travel to Washington, DC with Union Middle School DHH students as well as organizing travel to Japan with Leigh High School DHH students.  I currently serve as the Department Chair of the DHH program at Leigh High School.  During the week you will find my colleagues and me teaching/hosting the American Sign Language Club Wednesday during lunch. To see our current lessons and learn a bit of sign language look here!


Beyond teaching, I love to travel and experience culture all over the world. During the summer of 2019, I traveled four European countries with my 8 and 6 year old daughters and husband. I am also passionate about gardening and maintain a community plot. With a summer’s harvest of tomatoes, you will find me in the kitchen every Sunday simmering Marinara sauce, beginning with roasting 10 pounds of tomatoes and caramelizing onions! The entire house takes on a delicious sweet smell that reminds me of growing up as a child! Ultimately, life boils down to sharing time with friends and family enjoying laughter and creating memories!