Born Deaf, Sitara Sheikh grew up bilingual, using American Sign Language and English. In her time as a student she attended schools in two countries before becoming a student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. Sitara graduated from RIT with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and moved internationally for three years to teach for the Peace Corps in Kenya. Upon arriving home, Sitara completed her Masters degree in Human Resources Development. Recognizing the satisfaction education and employment can provide for individuals, she became a training specialist and case manager/supervisor in two different states to provide resources and support to her clients. Knowing the potential that people have to succeed in employment, Sitara transitioned to Vocational Rehabilitation as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Augusta, Maine. She received a Masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. Through training and education, her goal is to collaborate with different systems to reduce challenges in hiring Deaf/HH people in the workplace as well as increasing job placement for this population.
Suite 3 #257, 60 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330