Hi, I'm the American Sign Language instructor here at Lovejoy High School, as well as the chair of the Languages Other than English (LOTE) Department.
I have a degree in digital media from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and a BA and MA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. I went through teacher training at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, and am certified to teach Secondary School English Language Arts and Deaf Education in addition to my certification for my primary role of teaching American Sign Language.
I have taught ELA to Hearing students and English to Deaf students. I've taught in various settings, from small charter-school settings to large suburban public school settings. Currently, in addition to teaching at Lovejoy, I teach college level ASL classes at other colleges in DFW, typically Tues/Thurs nights.
My academic area of interest is in American Sign Language literature with a focus on ASL poetry.
One important factor for my academic and professional successes is the fact that both of my parents learned sign language for me, helping me become a bilingual learner. I bring this experience to my ASL classes and to the LOTE department.
ACES University of Texas at Arlington March 2009
“Not Mouth Talk, You Know? Exploring the Literary Value of ABC Stories”
Voices College English Association National Conference
San Antonio, TX March 2010
“Teaching ASL Literature in College English”
Trailblazing in the Humanities Community College Humanities Association National Conference
Dallas, TX October 2011
“Dual Credit Course: English and ASL”
The ASL Quartet American Sign Language Teachers Association DFW Workshop
Arlington, TX August 2013
"Teaching ASL Poetry" (brief clip shown above)
Out with the Old, In with the New American Sign Language Teachers Association DFW Chapter Conference
Arlington, TX April 2014
"The ASL Camera: Using Movies to Teach ASL"
Road to ASL Mastery American Sign Language Teachers Association DFW Chapter Conference
Arlington, TX August 2014
“Facets of the Deaf Perspective: Themes in ASL Literature” and “Teaching Essential ASL Skills through Storytelling”
TCCTA 67th Annual Convention Texas Community College Teachers Association
Dallas, TX February 2015
"Providing Deaf Students More Support Where They Really Need It in the Classroom and Campus-Wide"
Teacher Share Workshop Texas ASL Educators
Austin, TX July 2016
"Teaching ASL Students How to Tell Stories" and "Essential Elements of ASL Art and Stories"