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Gallaudet University (Master's)
I am Australian born and raised. I am from a large family with both deaf and hearing siblings. I moved to Washington D.C. in the late 1980's and graduated from Gallaudet University with Masters in Mental Health Counseling in Deafness. I am also tri-lingual, Auslan (Australian) Sign Language, English and American Signed Language). I earned my American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) certification in 2006.
I am excited to work with people who want to learn or are currently learning ASL. I have 12 years of teaching experience, having taught ASL including Fingerspelling and Deaf Culture to classes at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa and St. Petersburg and Hillsborough Community Colleges. For five years I served as a member of the 3 person panel of the Quality Assurance Evaluation team to assess the three level system for Sign Language Interpreters for the State of Florida.
For 17 years prior to moving to Austin, I had my own mental health counseling practice working with individuals, couples and families both hearing and deaf. In addition, I worked with the National Mental Health Institute on Deafness, Tampa Bay Academy and the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.
I have volunteered as a ASL story teller with the Florida Deaf Family Literacy (FDFL), as a mentor with Deaf/Hearing families on effective communication with their children and since 2010, with kindergarten students at St. Matthews Episcopal Day School in Austin, Texas.
I am flexible with ASL Tutoring hours and can arrange a time meet to you at a local coffee shop or library that is convenient for both of us.
I can help you with the following:
* Practice and develop confidence conversing with a Deaf ASL Signer
* ASL learning for hearing parents with deaf/hearing children
* ASL for babies and their families
* Increase your understanding of the Deaf Community and Culture
* Improve your use of expressive and receptive ASL skills
* Improve your use of Fingerspelling
* Improve your use of ASL classifiers
* Learn English to ASL story telling
* Prepare for your exams or ASL presentation class projects
* Review of your written, signed and video ASL homework
I am active and creative with ASL Tutoring with interested clients including students studying at Austin Community College and University of Texas. It has been a fun and enjoyable project tutoring all kinds of students. I just love to teach and watching people grow while learning this beautiful and visual language. I am Australian born and raised. I am from a large family with both deaf and hearing siblings. I moved to Washington D.C. in the late 1980's and graduated from Gallaudet University with Masters in Mental Health Counseling in Deafness. I am also tri-lingual, Auslan (Australian) … Read more
In a month I am already feeling like I am starting to sign and understand watching other people sign. Sandra is a fantastic tutor.
Jeffrey, thank you for the feedback! You did all the work yourself. You have been so motivated to learn ASL and dedicated at every session which made my job easier!
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First I was born Deaf and am tri-lingual. I was born and raised in Australia and Auslan Sign Language was my first language. I learned to speak orally with a speech therapist, then I began to learn to speak and write in English. By the time I was 34 years old I moved to D.C. to attend Gallaudet University as a graduate student. I learned American Sign Language (ASL) while studying for my Master's degree. I write English well. I became a Nationally Certified ASL Teacher and was hired as Adjunct ASL Instructor at various colleges and universities in the State of Florida (please see resume). In 2009 I began ASL tutoring to Austin Community College students who were taking ASL as a foreign language requirement as well as for students whose majors are in the ASL Interpreting Training Program. I have been active as an ASL Tutor since then and have my own ASL Tutoring website. I teach basic ASL 1, II and III.