Born deaf to deaf parents, Avonne attended Gallaudet University and graduated with BA in Psychology, followed with her Masters degree in Deaf Education at McDaniel College. She concluded her work at Gallaudet Leadership Institute with an Education Specialist degree. Right after graduate school, Avonne secured her first job as a preschool teacher at Texas School for the Deaf for 8 years. She then became the Principal in Elementary for five wonderful years and was later appointed as Director of Instruction in 2006. With 20 years experience in Deaf Education, she is enjoying her second year as an Outreach Program Specialist where she is a contributing member to the future generation of deaf and hard of hearing children. Avonne is thrilled to be a part of ASDC. Working with a group of eager, passionate, and creative board members is her inspiration! Avonne is also a proud mother of two children (Alexandria, 13 who attends Texas School for the Deaf) and (Andrew, 7 who loves to declare himself as a CODA) residing in Austin with her husband, Paul Rutowski.