Anne-Marie Smith was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the age of 1 ½ years old, she was struck with spinal meningitis, ultimately causing her to become deaf. Anne-Marie Smith now resides in Worcester, Massachusetts and has worked at The Learning Center for fourteen years. She shares the struggles of growing up in a hearing, purely oral family and having to find herself on her own. She also discusses frustrations in her mainstreamed education until her enrollment at a high school residing on Gallaudet’s campus. Here she was introduced to a new language as well as various deaf role models. Anne-Marie Smith also reflects upon the shrinking Deaf community within Worcester as well as cochlear implantation influence both in Worcester and TLC.