Catherine Metcalf

Catherine M.

Bristol, VA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach Conversational American Sign Language. If you want to be able to communicate effectively with Deaf people where you work, at your school, in church, or at the grocery store, you need this fun course. I like to teach students the way Deaf people really sign, and give them opportunities to interact with native ASL users to become comfortable in their signing.

About Catherine M.

Hi! I am a fluent ASL user. I have taught classes for both Deaf and Hearing children & adults for over 25 years, and even founded a Christian school for the Deaf!

I've interpreted professionally in the community, at religious services, medical venues, and in higher education for 30 years, I have a strong knowledge of local signs and Deaf language tendencies.

In addition to teaching basic ASL, I have taught groups and done individual mentoring for advanced ASL learners and ASL interpreting students. For Deaf learners, I offer individual online classes for writing and English skills, as well as lessons to help you understand documents and write resumes.

I love making ASL fun to learn, but accessible to people who want to quickly get involved in communicating with the Deaf community.


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I am so happy that I chose Cathy, to learn from. She teaches ASL in a fun and informative environment. From the history of the language, to the reason a sign looks the way it does, to “hands-on” activities - you will learn and retain the information. Cathy prepares her students to interact in the deaf community, and encourages us to do so. I am quickly learning the language, meeting wonderful people (who I otherwise never would have met) and I’m growing more confident in ASL all the time. Thanks Cathy!

Posted Feb 17, 2020
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Cathy is very knowledgeable of ASL and the history behind it. She demonstrates how the local deaf community uses signs that may be different in other places.

Posted Jan 26, 2020
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Cathy is an amazing teacher and her memory techniques make picking up the language so much easier! She makes learning fun and entertaining as well as informative. Would recommend her as a teacher for anyone wanting to learn ASL.

Posted Jan 17, 2020
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She is the best ASL teacher I have ever seen. I am now a professional ASL Interpreter for my career after being taught and mentored by Mrs Metcalf. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND !

Posted Jan 10, 2020

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ASL Teacher
Jan 1992 - Present

Freelance & Community

Teaching children and adult classes at various levels from beginner to advanced/interpreter level classes. Also, taught ASL workshops for sign language interpreters, medical personnel, and other specific groups.

ASL Interpreter
Sep 2005 - Aug 2018

East Tennessee State University

American Sign Language STAFF Interpreter for university level classes, events, and meetings.

Teacher of the Deaf, K-12
Aug 2001 - Dec 2004

Mountain Empire Baptist School

Founder and head teacher of Deaf school, grades K-12.


Master of Arts in Reading Education
Jan 2012 - Dec 2015

East Tennessee State University

Masters post-grad Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
Aug 2011 - Jan 2012

East Tennessee State University

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Sep 1980 - Jan 1985

Bob Jones University


American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Sign Language Teachers Association
Jan 2018
American Sign Language Teachers Association is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and Deaf studies teachers. Our mission is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture through excellence in teaching. This includes teaching ASL as a heritage or first language, as a second language, and as part of Deaf Studies
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Sep 2010
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), a national membership organization, plays a leading role in advocating for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language. In collaboration with the Deaf community, RID supports our members and encourages the growth of the profession through the establishment of a national standard for qualified sign language interpreters and transliterators, ongoing professional development and adherence to a code of professional conduct.

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