American Sign Language I & II
Periods 1 & 2
At high school typically between hours 7:15- 10:30
Conferences may be scheduled, please contact by email to arrange
American Sign Language taught in an interactive high school setting. Focus on conversational skills and vocabulary building through sharing information about ourselves and areas of interest. Grammar use in conversation context, with support strategies to improve conversation interaction, will help students develop skills in ASL syntax. Topics include; Deaf culture, basic vocabulary, perspective, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, and terminology. This class is an immersion class to develop skills in communication using ASL, thus the class and dialogs will be done utilizing a ‘voice off’ policy during specific periods. Learning to communicate using body language, gestures, facial expressions, and signs is critical to both comprehension and expressive skills in ASL. A focus on learning about Deaf culture & history is stressed to form a better understanding of the people that make up Deaf Culture. Deafness is a cultural idenity, not a matter of hearing loss.
My background is in Deaf Education and I have taught in public schools since 1973. I love teaching ASL and this is the fourth year of offering ASL at La Conner High School. For the 2019-2020 school year we have one ASL I classe, with 33 students, and one ASL II class offered with 19 students.
For week-to-week vocabulary and focus please refer to attached syllabus for each class.
A bit of my history - I was born in Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in Deaf Education & Speech Pathology with certification in education. I taught at the Oklahoma State School for the Deaf from 1973-1976. In 1976 I traveled to Alaska ..becoming a Principal-Teacher at a village school (off the grid). I then worked as a special education teacher flying to four remote villages. During this time I met my husband. When my primary village voted me to become 'Village Health Aide' I resigned from teaching and started training to become a certified communityl healthcare practioner. In this position I provided all health care for my village. Within two years I was also supervisor/trainer for 7 villages in central and western Alaska. In total my husband and I stayed for 7 years in a cabin off grid. We eventually moved to Fairbanks, Alaska and I taught ASL at the University of Alaska, worked with 17-21year-old job placement and training, subsituted within the public schools, and taught in a preschool language delayed program. Eventually we moved to Hawaii. In Hawaii I managed an avacado farm & worked in a health clinic. AND adopted twin girls from Thailand. Back on the move we returned to Alaska when my dream experiance was offered. I was on a team that developed a reverse mainstream classroom at the elementary level where hearing students were placed with Deaf students and the class was taught as a duel-language program. During this time we adopted our third daughter. Eventually we headed south and came to Washington to be closer to family ties. I worked with various school districts providing supports for Deaf students. In 1999 when a regional program for Deaf students was formed I was hired as one of the teachers. This program continued until 2016. During that time I became a long-distance hiker, completing the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail. All three girls graduated from Burlington-Edison H.S. We built a home in Anacortes and eventually became grandparents.