California State University Northridge (Deaf Studies)
Lesley University (Master's)
As a Deaf person, as well as being a teacher and tutor in American Sign Language (ASL) and for Deaf children for the past 15 years, I am aware of how a person knowing ASL can make a difference in my day as a Deaf person-whether that person is working in a restaurant, a store, a fellow student, or a coworker in the doctor's office I am going to. I was born Deaf and grew up in Southern California, but have taught and lived in Nevada and Texas, as well.
I specialize in tutoring those who are interested in learning or further developing their ASL skills. Knowledge of ASL is such an asset, especially in San Antonio/Austin, where there is an amazing, large Deaf population. I also tutor Deaf children who need additional help in reading, writing or other subjects. I will soon be working in San Antonio, so I have expanded my availability to San Antonio.
I am generally available 5PM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday, and I also have some weekend availability. I design lessons based on the goals and needs of each individual student, and I keep in touch regularly with my students, informing them of other events they may be interested in attending.
I have taught ASL to parents of Deaf children, high school students who need a language credit, fellow teachers and college students.
My rate is $45/hour for in-person lessons, and for those who have some experience in ASL, I can also conduct online lessons at $30/hour for experienced signers (ASL 2+). I also provide language mentoring for those who have some experience in ASL and simply want to practice their conversational skills with a fluent user and pick up some new signs and get some feedback.
I look forward to hearing from you and working with you or your child as you learn more about this beautiful language! As a Deaf person, as well as being a teacher and tutor in American Sign Language (ASL) and for Deaf children for the past 15 years, I am aware of how a person knowing ASL can make a difference in my day as a Deaf person-whether that person is working in a restaurant, a store, a fellow student, or a coworker in the doctor's office I am going to. I
Group rates can be arranged.
Alisa taught us in the first meeting how to engage with the Deaf Culture; that ASL is completely different and unrelated to the English language; and gave us hope that our dyslexic son had the ability to master his foreign language requirement in high school.
Thank you for the great review! Your son is a hard worker! :)
She was wonderfully expressive and extremely insightful, so she knew exactly what I should work on for future lessons. I feel like I got a lot of great conversational experience by watching and signing with her. She can tell a really captivating story and was very quick to clarify anything I didn't understand (and I'm NEW to ASL, so there's a LOT I don't understand). She introduced me to so many new signs. Thanks so much Alisa!
Alisa did a great job of assessing where I was at with sign while also keeping it very low key and fun. She has a lot of great tips for improving my signing. Overall, great first lesson!
Alisa worked with my 12 year old daughter who raved all the way home about their time together. Alisa seemed to adjust her lesson plan to fit my daughter's skill level. We are so happy to find a great fit!
I am so happy to hear this, Kim! Your daughter is just wonderful, and her signing is REALLY good! I love that she is so motivated :)
Alisa is not only proficient with ASL, she is an experienced educator. These skills combined, Alisa makes the perfect tutor for me, or anyone. She is organized and very patient. She has creative ideas to enhance the learning process. She is reliable and on time. I was very fortunate to have found Alisa and hope that we will be working together for a very long time!!
Awesome-I hope the same! Love having wonderful clients such as you!
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I have 13 years of experience teaching Deaf/hard of hearing students from preschool-college age/level in all subject areas in three different states. I hold a bachelor's degree in Deaf studies from CSUN.
I hold a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Literacy. I can tutor in reading/writing for Deaf students or students who sign. I am very good at proofreading and editing papers as needed and have done so for many people.
I have taught American Sign Language to elementary students, high school students, college students, teacher and parent groups for the past 14 years. I currently teach American Sign Language full-time to high school students as a foreign language.
I have been a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of hearing for 14 years. I have taught students with multiple disabilities including autism, physical challenges, intellectual disabilities and other delays in my own classroom.