We are a passionate group of people working together to accomplish our mission.
Jari Majewski is a Teacher of the Deaf, performer and dancer, as well the founder of Feel the Beat. She has an extensive education and passion for dance, theater, Sign Language and working with Deaf and special needs children.
Jari holds a BFA in Musical Theater and a concentration on Communication Disorders and American Sign Language from Pace University. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Deaf Education (M.Ed.) and Early Childhood Education (MA) from Columbia University. Jari’s interest in musical theatre and American Sign Language began when she was a young child. As her skill set grew, so did her passion for these outlets and Jari decided to make it her mission to blend these creative arts and provide opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing children to experience the joy of music and dance.
CO-FOUNDER/ VICE PRESIDENT
Julia Faliano is a Teacher of the Deaf, certified children’s yoga instructor, as well as the co-founder of Feel the Beat. She has a long history with working with children who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and have special needs both as a volunteer in the community and as a teacher. She is passionate about bridging gaps in the community to create greater accessibility and opportunity for children. Julia has a BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and an Elementary Teaching License from the University of Colorado. She is finishing her MA in Deaf Education from the University of Northern Colorado Spring 2018. Julia started volunteering in classrooms for deaf and hard of hearing students as a sophomore in high school and quickly discovered it was a perfect career match. In addition to teaching, she has used her skills to provide story times in sign language, face paint at deaf events, and conduct research on early intervention and language development. While dance and music are new to Julia, she is ready to continue empowering young children and making learning fun.