As a native Philadelphian, I have lived down South in Tennessee for a long time! I married a Southerner, and we had two boys. My husband calls Heaven his home now, and I miss him very much. My older son, who works as the director of a local interpreting agency, lives with me. My other son is married, and he and my lovely daughter-in-law live close by. I have two dogs, one of which is a deaf-blind dachshund, whom we communicate with by touch. Both he and my other dog, a papillon mix, keep life fun!
I am a fluent, near-native ASL user due to my many years of involvement in the Deaf community and as an interpreter and teacher of ASL. Although I do not have family members who are Deaf, I have many good friends and am very close to many Deaf people that I have known through our Deaf ministry. Our ministry has been the joy of my life, and a blessing to the community for many years. I am so proud of the willing students I have taught and mentored to go on and become interpreters for our hearing church services, and to be active also in our Deaf church services.
It’s hard for me to believe that 25+ years have just flown by, as I have taught classes for both Deaf and Hearing children of all ages, and adults. I currently enjoy teaching classes as an adjunct professor of ASL at a couple of universities and do private tutoring online, in addition to teaching with TLC. I even founded a Christian school for the Deaf in the 1980’s that ran for several years as a ministry to local families with Deaf children and hearing children of Deaf parents.
I’ve interpreted professionally as a freelance interpreter in the community for over 20 years at religious services, weddings, and funerals, as well as various medical venues, and was a staff interpreter in higher education for 15 years.
I have a strong knowledge of local signs and Deaf language tendencies because of my involvement with the Deaf community, as well as working as a nationwide Video Relay interpreter. I have great respect for the language and culture of the Deaf.
I love making ASL fun to learn, using games and interesting work that keeps them interested and engaged in learning. The key is conversation, both with other students and teachers, and with Deaf people. I like to see my students thrive right away by having basic phrases that will enable them to get involved with the Deaf quickly and learn even more from them!