- Teaches students:
- Ages 1+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
How about a relaxed, fun and natural way of learning American Sign Language? Let's try some lessons together. I teach in an interactive and empowering way where discovering the beauty of this visual language and the valuable culture cherished by Deaf and Hearing Americans is part of every lesson.
I cater lessons to match your learning style and communication needs. Your classes will also have music, role-play, games and story telling. I have taught ASL and Deaf Culture to many different students and groups: K-12 students, families with special needs children, college students, interpreting students, professionals, families with Deaf children, adults, home schoolers, choirs, and dance troops.
I am a certified Interpreter with the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and have been a professional interpreter and ASL instructor since 1991. I am a certified teacher in the state of Connecticut and hold an MS in education, a BA in Communications Human Relations/Interpreting.
Adapts work to students' learning styles and strengths, approachable and flexible for diverse student population, focuses on collaborative learning, prompts with spontaneous and natural language learning strategies, encourages students’ independent thought processes and communication ease
Effectively utilizing Smartboard technology, creates stimulating atmosphere that "doesn’t feel like a class" according to ASL students, employs interactive activities with music, games, role playing, theatrics, conversation; immerses students with Deaf Culture, invites Deaf guests to class
Fosters the love of ASL, validates understanding through questions and or natural assessments, supportive classroom environment, students' are actively engaged with hands on participation and laughter.
Competent and versed in mental health interpreting demands, performing client communication assessments, adapting interpretation for clients' idiosyncratic and dysfluent language needs.
Collaborative and integral member of mental health teams, educating staff, encompassing cultural mediation, advocating for client access to information, presenting strong neutrality allowing client/mental health staff relationship building
Encouraging deaf friendly relations using creative skills in art and video for statewide campaign.
Coordinating interpreting services for network facilities
Instructed and developed youth and adult classes for several institutions and settings including, Home Depot, Boy Scouts, religious, choral, community, infant, primary aged, elementary, middle school, high school, and secondary education.
Engaged students with custom curriculum and personalized instruction, Emphasizing natural language acquisition through immersion activities. Fostering students’ ability to comfortably communicate in American Sign Language and Manually Coded English Sign Language.
Skillfully meeting the student’s language needs (k-12 and higher education) and partnering with classroom teachers interpreting all communication in the academic setting, encompassing a broad array of subjects including English, math, science, social studies, music, art, vocational training, assemblies, extracurricular activities.
Encompassing cultural mediation, advocating for visual access to information and encouraging student’s interpreting consumer skills
Professional and attentive field interpretation includes a large variety of university, on-call medical, corporate, legal, professional, theatre work.
Conceived and implemented school-wide, sustainable ecology program augmenting CT curriculum goals that included field instruction, customized lessons, interdisciplinary, hands-on, solution-oriented education rooted in actual conservation issues which promoted students’ independent thought processes and problem solving aptitude
Effectively led project in conjunction with numerous government agencies, environmental and educational institutions, school staff, students, parents and volunteers
Obtained and managed a $3,000 ecological grant from the DEEP
Skillfully met high school student’s language needs while partnering with classroom teachers, interpreting all communication in the academic setting, encompassing a broad array of subjects including English, math, science, social studies, music, art, vocational training, assemblies, extracurricular activities.
Encompassing cultural mediation, advocating for visual access to information and encouraging student’s interpreting consumer skills
Reputable interpreting of all content discussion and lecture for university students and staff, thorough preparation and command of course material
Enjoying the demands of the VRS industry possessing the ability to work effectively in a fast paced, dynamic, highly regulated environment.
Fluent utilization of VRI technology and procedure, adept at learning and implementing new and changing technologies
Flexible and supportive with interpreting teams, ability to work effectively in an environment with oversight including call monitoring, mentoring and evaluations, received support from and provided support to colleagues.
Reliable high standard of interpretation and conduct, capable and thoughtful interaction with callers, embracing the diversity of call content and callers.
Demonstrated full compliance with Sorenson standards and policies, FCC regulations and the RID Code of Professional Conduct, customer service guidelines, attendance policy, accurately and promptly completed assigned tasks/duties, projects and paperwork
Managed the school’s TESOL program, creating imaginative lesson plans that stimulated the students’ interest in learning
Augmented TESOL standards and goals with a comprehensive language project involving a local radio station. Students created “The Inspiration Radio Show” activities incorporated the use of songs, poetry, sign language, music and writing, graded by a series of rubrics.
Enabled students to improve their language skills and daily practice by creating several science related activities employing the inquiry method
Integrated coursework for English Language Learners (ELL) into the general curriculum thereby engaging the entire group, introduced sign language to student population
Modified teaching methods to align with student needs, provided individual language instruction
Cultivated amicable relationships with staff and students, creative and positive environment allowed students to flourish, engaged in extensive parent interaction and student advocacy
Observed and assisted permanent teachers, including special education classes, and ELL class.
Provided long-term substitution, reviewed commentary regarding instructive approach
Collaborated with teachers to establish and enhance lesson plans that effectively engaged student’s curiosity while supporting district curriculum goals, structured teaching method in accordance with students’ learning style, acquainted students with sign language
Enthusiastic student advocate, enjoyed excellent camaraderie with both students and staff
Assessed student with Autism for level of interest in communicating with manual, spoken and written language along with physical, emotional, and intellectual capacity and willingness
Created customized program for student focusing on interaction complying with student’s interests, successes and emotional needs
Developed numerous innovative campaigns that succeeded in creating rapport utilizing sign language multimedia instruction and practice, filmed activities and produced personalized interactive language video utilizing the written word, color, texture, context, images and sounds, featuring the student, support staff and consultant, provided interactive home activities and community/vocational support
Developed testing procedure monitoring student’s progress sharing with family and staff on a regular basis, expanded student’s working sign vocabulary exponentially, facilitated student’s ability to memorize, read, comprehend written and signed words
Concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.+ Read More
Very nice, kind, helpful,
Great first lesson! Thank you!
The best teacher on this planet earth. I feel so privileged to have been taught by Professor Kathleen, she is amazing. The plus was the introduction to ASL.
P.S: it takes a big heart to help shape little minds.
Wonderful teacher and very helpful.
Very accommodating to students’ needs, helpful, will take the extra time to help others.
Kat has proven to be such a valuable and wonderful teacher. From the beginning of our process of starting ASL lessons for my daughter, she was communicative, thorough and 100% professional. Once our lessons began, she proved to be an incredible instructor (my daughter loves her lessons) as well as conscientious in our lesson schedule. Further, even when we need to change our lesson due to a scheduling conflict, she is very understanding, which I have appreciated. I can not recommend Kat enough!!!+ Read More
Prepare to love learning sign language with the best teacher I know! Kat loves teaching and sharing her knowledge with others in a way that makes learning fun and tnteresting. Her enthusiasm and creativity is contagious. Sign up today, you won't be sorry!+ Read More
Kat was wonderful and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lesson!
Kat was nice and very patient instructor.
Kat is a very good teacher. I have learned a lot in these last 3 weeks. She is able to make it fun while having to learn. I am glad she is my teacher. I get to interact with her with games and activities instead of just a book. I recommend her as a teacher.+ Read More
Professor Kat is great teacher, my daughter had her first class this week and she can't wait for her next lesson. Thank you teacher!
She is most helpful, and kind. Extremely expressive, AND SIGNS WITH ALOT OF HEART.
Professor Kat is amazing, she is always energetic for each class, very patient. I have learned so much, I like to teach my brother a few signs since he's hard of hearing and he loves it too! Awesome teacher !
Kat is awesome, has taught me so much and is very patient with me. I am so happy that she was my teacher and could not have asked for a better teacher.
Professor Kat is very patient with teaching and makes every class fun! I learned a lot of signs that I can use in my career. Excellent!!
I have known Kat several years now on a professional level. Although I do not know how to sign, I've watched her work with others in my field of expertise. (mental health)
Kat is dedicated and sincerely cares about her clients as well as her students. Her creativity is endless in preparing others with skills to sign. She is so personable and passionate about her work, one can't help but get excited to learn!
I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn and explore ASL.
Kat is a very caring and creative person and has fun with her teaching. You will too! I highly recommend taking her course.
I have been friends with Kat for about ten years. In that time I have seen how creative she is even though I don't know sign language The way she has been able to explain ideas to me is very clear. She is very good at bringing things to life in a visual way to make learning something more fun. She is a passionate person that would make learning a memorable experience.+ Read More
I have known Kat for a number of years in both a personal and professional level . Throughout all of my interactions with Kat she has shown herself to be persistent, optimistic and able to handle and multiple task within a wide range of subject areas . One of the greatest personal attributes she holds is empathy. And, this character trait is a benefit to those whom choose to retain her services as an instructor; for, any noteable teaching style must incorporate an ability to be flexible in methodology based on students' academic needs. Kat has gone above and beyond those criteria. I highly recommend her.+ Read More
Kat is a great ASL teacher. She really is able to understand the students level and take it from there. She is able to make the lesson interactive and a great learning experience. I took sign class' many years ago and she was able to bring me back up to speed without a problem.+ Read More
I was surprised to find how quickly I became comfortable with Kat's style of teaching. She has a very calming influence and made learning fun. I wish all of my learning experiences were this good. Highly recommend.
Kat enriched my understanding of the flow of the language as well as the individual signs themselves by providing fun ways to connect with American Sign Language. Best learning experience I ever had.
Kat is an excellent teacher. Very patient and makes learning a new language fun and easy.