It is my goal to utilize and apply my experience in creating, promoting, facilitating, and teaching American Sign Language classes to both deaf and hearing populations including using some dramatic techniques to enhance both teaching of sign language and Deaf culture.
I have over 20 years of experience in the field of arts, including in the role of teaching artist, ASL teacher, theatre director, university professor, department chair, board member, and workshop presenter I have worked with various schools and community organizations throughout my career. I currently own the company, Act-Out Academics (AOA) that provides educators with the skills to incorporate drama techniques in the academic classroom through workshops. (www.actoutacademics.com)
Taught introduction level ASL and Deaf Culture, ASL storytelling, Communication skills for parents of deaf children. Formed lesson plans. Observed and critiqued parent's signing skills. Taught successful strategies for improving interactive skills.
Taught Level I--ASL Sign Language class. Developed curriculum and supporting materials. Formed lesson plans. Taught a broad of Deaf Culture topics using Drama techniques such as Improvisation and ASL storytelling in the ASL Sign Language class.
Taught all levels of American Sign Language classes to hearing staff and graduate students; evaluated/rated staff and students' sign communication proficiency; developed curriculum and supporting materials, formed lesson plans; lectured on the central values and traditions both historically and currently within Deaf Culture; conducted workshops relating to Deaf issues; coordinated and conducted Sign Communication Proficiency Interviews.
Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting. Taught several classes including ASL I & II: Signing Naturally Level 1, Non-Verbal Gestures, and Fingertalk I & II.
Taught Beginning American Sign Language course. Developed and Implemented supporting materials. Provided feedback on student performance.
Taught Gestures to hearing Elementary school teachers. Assisted in developing curriculum and supporting materials. Formed Lesson plans. Observed and critiqued adult' gestural and observational abilities. Taught successful strategies for improving interactive skills.
Gallaudet University. Department of Graduates Studies. Taught advanced ASL, classifiers, signing stories, and Visual Gesture Communication to the group of new graduate and doctoral students.
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