Kat Favoccia
Woodbury, CT
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Kat Favoccia

Kat F.

Woodbury, CT
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If you are looking for a relaxed, fun and natural way of learning American Sign Language (ASL) 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 am a college professor, state certified educator, and an Interpreter. I love working with students and sharing what I know. It is such a joy watching students understanding and skills grow. I am thrilled and honored to be part of continuing the use of ASL and appreciation of Deaf Culture.

I cater lessons to match your learning style and communication needs. Your classes will also have music, role-play, games and story telling.

I introduce every new lesson with grammar concepts, vocabulary, and interactive practice. Then you will be able to use a DVD and workbook to rehearse and study on your own.
You are always encouraged to ask questions and enjoy every step of your learning.

When we meet again we will review what you have learned and continue to build your dynamic, practical, and exciting new language skills.


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 since 1991. I am a certified teacher and hold an MS in education, a BA in Communications Human Relations/Interpreting. I have been teaching since 1991 as well.

About Kat F.

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.

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Zylah A.
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Very patient and easy to understand. Fabulous teacher. 10/10 would recommend. :)

Posted Sep 22, 2020
Shane
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Kat loves what she does and it was evident from the start.

Posted Jul 23, 2020
Averyll
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Posted Jun 30, 2020
Kids In Action A.
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Thank you, Miss Kat! Our beginners (elementary age) TOTALLY were in-tuned and enjoyed our first class session. What feedback I have seen was that Miss Kat knows how to engage our participants and giving them lead way to share their feelings and questions. Very fun, professional and personable especially for our summer camp turned online (due to Covid-19 restrictions in our state). THANK YOU SO MUCH and our summer class is looking forward to next week!

Posted Jun 22, 2020
Jimmy T.
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Kat is a beautiful signer with wonderful ideas for lessons. I can’t wait to continue working with her!

Posted Jun 22, 2020
Anna P.
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I've only had one lesson, but I can't wait for more! Kat was so nice, and very informative. I'm really excited to learn from her!

Posted Jun 15, 2020
Jessy
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Kat is a fantastic instructor! She fosters a very naturalistic setting for learning ASL which is great for understanding the nuances of the language from the start. Her lessons also contain many resources for understanding deaf culture.

Posted Jun 11, 2020
Lisa H.
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Posted May 28, 2020
Lisa
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Kat is so friendly . Just had my first class, but she makes learning fun. I’m very motivated to continue learning with Kat’s help.

Posted May 21, 2020
Rusty
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Kat is a very knowledgable teacher of ASL. I'm very impressed with her attention and respect for deaf culture. She's had high-level experience interpreting for the governor of CT. So cool with all those cameras! I highly recommend her for students of ASL in all levels, especially beginners.

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Catherine C.
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She is very friendly.

Posted Sep 22, 2019
Wendi
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Kat’s excitement for ASL has made me even more excited! I feel like I learned a lot in my first lesson and can not wait for more!!!

Posted Sep 19, 2019
Frances
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Very nice, kind, helpful,

Posted Jul 9, 2018
Trevor
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Great first lesson! Thank you!

Posted Jul 8, 2018
Amanda W

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.

Posted May 8, 2018
Nina
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Wonderful teacher and very helpful.

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Megan
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Very accommodating to students’ needs, helpful, will take the extra time to help others.

Posted Apr 26, 2018
Shelley F.
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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!!!

Posted Nov 9, 2017
Heather

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!

Posted Oct 11, 2017
Gerrit S.
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Posted Oct 2, 2017
Gwen
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Kat was wonderful and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lesson!

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Frances
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Kat was nice and very patient instructor.

Posted Sep 2, 2017
Margie M.
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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.

Posted Aug 16, 2017
Margie M.
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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!

Posted Aug 3, 2017
Daniel
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She is most helpful, and kind. Extremely expressive, AND SIGNS WITH ALOT OF HEART.

Posted Aug 3, 2017
Genesis
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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 !

Posted Aug 3, 2017
Jamie
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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.

Posted Aug 3, 2017
Jennifer Santiago
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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!!

Posted Aug 3, 2017
Tom

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.

Posted Jul 26, 2017
George
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Kat is a very caring and creative person and has fun with her teaching. You will too! I highly recommend taking her course.

Posted Jul 23, 2017
David
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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.

Posted Jul 22, 2017
Dave
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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.

Posted Jul 22, 2017
Joe

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.

Posted Jul 20, 2017
Kevin
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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.

Posted Jul 19, 2017
Shirley
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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.

Posted Jul 19, 2017
MARY
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Kat is an excellent teacher. Very patient and makes learning a new language fun and easy.

Posted Jun 30, 2017

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Experience

Professor of American Sign Language I & II
Jan 2013 - Present

Goodwin College

 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.

Mental Health Interpreter
Nov 2012 - Present

DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES WESTERN CONNECTICUT MENTAL HEALTH NETWORK

 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

Community Sign Language Instructor
Jan 1995 - Present

A Good Sign (Owner)

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.

American Sign Language Interpreter
Jan 1997 - Jan 2015

LifeBridge

 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.

Instructor, Program Developer/Coordinator Sustainable Eco-Landscape Program
Jan 2006 - Jun 2012

WESTERN CONNECTICUT ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MAGNET SCHOOL

 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

Educational Interpreter
Jan 2007 - Dec 2009

Capital Region Educational Council

 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

Educational Interpreter
Jan 2005 - Jan 2009

Yale University

Reputable interpreting of all content discussion and lecture for university students and staff, thorough preparation and command of course material

Video Relay Interpreter
Jul 2005 - Dec 2006

Sorenson Video relay Service

 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

Student Teacher
Jan 2004 - Nov 2004

Bridgeport School System

 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

Educational Internship
Jan 2002 - Jun 2004

Danbury School System

 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

Language Consultant (Student with special needs)
Apr 1999 - Jul 2002

Region 14 School District

 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

Education

MS Education
Jan 2002 - Jun 2004

University of Bridgeport

BA Communications Human Relations Interpreting
Sep 1987 - Jun 2001

Western Connecticut State University

American Sign Language Interpreting
Jan 1992 - Jan 1998

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

American Sign Language Interpreting
Jul 1995 - Jul 1997

Gallaudet University

Languages

American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certified Educator
Jun 2011

State of Connecticut

Elementary k-6 Concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Certified Baby Signs Instructor
Apr 2010

the Original Baby signs Program for Babies

National Association of the Deaf Nationally Certified Interpreter
Sep 2001

National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Awards

Adam Aitchison award for Outstanding Senior Thesis
Jun 2000

Western Connecticut State University

Affiliations

Lambda Pi Eta
Jun 2001
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.

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