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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 ASL teacher in the state of Connecticut and hold an MS in education, a BA in Communications Human Relations/Interpreting.

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$65
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$75
90 minutes
$113
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First 3 lessons
$30
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There are so many wonderful things I can say about Kat. I could write a book! She is so knowledgeable and patient she really takes the time to get to know you as a learner and personalizes the lessons to your needs. She makes you feel at ease, and her lessons are fun and interactive. She is a pleasure to work with and if you ever get to work with her, consider yourself lucky!

Posted Jan 31, 2022
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There are so many wonderful things I can say about Kat. I could write a book! She is so knowledgeable and patient she really takes the time to get to know you as a learner and personalizes the lessons to your needs. She makes you feel at ease, and her lessons are fun and interactive. She is a pleasure to work with and if you ever get to work with her, consider yourself lucky!

Posted Jan 31, 2022
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We have had the best experience with Kat and can not recommend her enough. My daughter took ASL as an independent study for all 4 years of high school and Kat could not have been a better teacher! My daughter is going to miss Kat very much!

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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.
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
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 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
MS Education
Jan 2002 - Jun 2004
University of Bridgeport
American Sign Language Interpreting
Jul 1995 - Jul 1997
Gallaudet University
American Sign Language Interpreting
Jan 1992 - Jan 1998
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
BA Communications Human Relations Interpreting
Sep 1987 - Jun 2001
Western Connecticut State University
American Sign Language
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Certified Educator
Jun 2011
State of Connecticut
Elementary k-6 Concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) World Language 7-12
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
Adam Aitchison award for Outstanding Senior Thesis
Jun 2000
Western Connecticut State University
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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Instructor details
American Sign Language
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$65
60 minutes
$75
90 minutes
$113
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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