Education
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California State University, Fresno - BA, Deaf Education August, 1980

I have attended various workshops and taken many courses from San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, Dominican University, Western Oregon University, and Gallaudet University to continue my studies in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and ESL to earn post-baccalaureate units.

Academic Experience: 

Bilingual Specialist; Teacher of ELD, ASL, English Language Arts, Leadership;
Anderson Valley High School 8/96-6/08

American Sign Language Instructor;
University of Barcelona 1/01-7/01

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist; pre-school - 12; Interpreter Coordinator;
Mendocino County Office of Education 9/91-6/96

Deaf Education Consultant; preschool-12;
Lake County Office of Education 6/94-8/95

American Sign Language Instructor;
Mendocino Community College 1/84-9/95

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist;
Anderson Valley School District 9/85-6/91

Special Education Director; Teacher - The Learning Center Preschool;
Anderson Valley School District 9/88-6/90

Deaf Education Consultant;
Lake Tahoe Unified School District 1/90-2/90

Resource Specialist;
Anderson Valley Junior/Senior HS 9/85-9/86

Special Day Class/Emotionally Disturbed; Clearwater Ranch;
Mendocino County Office of Education 10/83-6/85

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher;
Fresno Unified School District 1/82-6/83
I was born and raised in California, and for the past 25 years, I have lived in Mendocino County. I love living in a rural area where my husband, JR, and I have raised three children: Ryan, Leah, and Devin. I enjoy riding horses, gardening, reading, and playing tennis. Also, because my children played basketball, soccer, and volleyball their entire lives, I am an avid spectator of those sports.

I have taken advantage of the summers the life of a teacher offers and have traveled through many parts of Europe and South America. I particularly enjoy countries where Spanish is spoken because I am always working on improving my Spanish skills. My roots are in Spain, so I spent a year living in Barcelona where I became involved with the Deaf community. That year I taught ASL to Deaf people of all ages, from little tykes to college professors. It was probably one of my most rewarding experiences as a teacher.

I began learning American Sign Language over 30 years ago and continue to be passionate about it. ASL and the Deaf community have opened many doors to me, both personally and professionally, and impacted my life in a positive way. I have been teaching ASL for the past 20 years to families and friends of Deaf children and at the high school and college level.

ASL has enriched my life, and my goal is to continue to share my knowledge with others.

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

CAL ED, CA Educators of the Deaf-10 years/Board Secretary
ASLTA, American Sign Language Teachers Association
RID, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Congratulations on your first step to learning American Sign Language. I know you will find this to be an exciting language and rich culture to study. I ask that you come with an open mind, commitment to do your best, willingness to take risks, and respect for the learning process. Welcome to ASL 1.....I look forward to meeting you!!