Maribeth McGowan
Laveen, AZ
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Maribeth McGowan

Maribeth M.

Laveen, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I work with signers and interpreters at all levels, using English, ASL, dialogues, materials, and videos. I am an excellent teacher and tutor with:

* Students who have a disability
* Returning students who want to brush-up on their skills
* Current students who need tutoring to excel in their studies
* New students learning American Sign Language for the first time
* Novice interpreters seeking to pass the national certification exam
* Professional interpreters and students needing a mentor to improve target skills

There are as many reasons to learn American Sign Language as there are students, and I'm here to help each of you reach your goals! Sign up, and let's get started today!

About Maribeth M.

One day when I was about 8 years old, I met a boy about half my age who was Deaf. He tried to tell me something involving his elbow, and I thought he hurt his elbow. I was sad that I couldn't understand what he was saying. I tried my best to play with him, even though we couldn't communicate.

Ten years later, when I was 18 years old, I started learning American Sign Language for my job as an instructional aide in a high school for students with intellectual and behavioral challenges. I finally realized the boy had been trying to tell me about "crackers" that were being served as a snack at his school. The sign for CRACKER is to tap your elbow with a flat hand.

I became an interpreter over 30 years ago, and I have interpreted births, college classes, medical appointments, arrests and interrogations, courtroom trials, psychological assessments, employment-related appointments, behavioral health treatment, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and more. I taught American Sign Language and related courses in an Interpreter Preparation Program. I'm passionate about sharing ASL, and I love to teach ASL and interpreting at all levels!


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8 Reviews
Sarah Herr
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She’s a great instructor/mentor especially for people going into ASL interpreting! She focuses on what you personally need to improve with most and is a lot of fun to learn from!

Posted Jan 14, 2021
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Maribeth has been a wonderful addition to my son’s budding interest in sign language. She is excited, prepared, has excellent communication in and out of lessons, and is willing to work with his interests to keep him motivated.

Posted Jan 13, 2021
Kayla Y.
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What an amazing tutor, Maribeth is exactly what I needed. I feel 100% better facing my college instructor for my expressive test. She is flexible and very knowledgable, I will reach out to her again if I need additional tutoring.

Posted Dec 13, 2020
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Phenomenal. Accommodating. Flexible. Maribeth has a real understanding and grasp of the material and most importantly, she knows how to communicate and TEACH that to a student who is struggling with ASL at the College Level. We have ordered over 5 lessons with Maribeth and could not be more pleased. If you are looking for an instructor to assist with ASL, look no further than Maribeth. She has been a life-saver during this pandemic and is allowing learning to continue with the extra support she is providing. Plus, she's FUN, motivating, and creates an environment of trust. Appreciate her efforts and knowledge!

Posted Nov 3, 2020
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Maribeth is an amazing tutor. I am a Sign Language Interpreter myself and needed help improving my voicing (ASL to English interpretation) for the RID NIC Performance Interview.
Maribeth can help at any level. She truly challenged me, encouraged me, and helped me achieve my goals.
If I ever need a tutor again I will definitely be returning! And I would recommend her to anyone at any level of ASL.

Posted Oct 14, 2020
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I was a nervous, beginner, hearing student, and after our first lesson I feel comfortable and even have a few sentences. Maribeth made me feel confident from the start and is so encouraging. Thank you!

Posted Sep 30, 2020
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Maribeth is a great ASL teacher. She is skilled and always prepared. She brings enthusiasm to her lessons and is a joy to work with. She also takes great notes about what you are learning and quickly forwards them to you after the class. I have had other ASL teachers in the past. Maribeth is by far the best !

Posted Jul 21, 2020
Brenda M.
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Maribeth taught me ASL, and she helped me zero in on my weaknesses and build them up into strengths! She helped me improve my receptive skills so that I’m no longer intimidated by fingerspelling! A+ teacher!

Posted Jun 20, 2020

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American Sign Language Teacher & Tutor
Jun 2020 - Present

Teach American Sign Language (ASL) at all levels, tutor current students, and mentor interpreters seeking to improve target skills.

Freelance/Sign Language Interpreter
Aug 2015 - Present


I've interpreted onsite appointments and video phone calls for over thirty years in everything from kindergarten to college, birth to death.

ASL/Interpreting Teacher, Tutor, Mentor
Jun 2017 - Jun 2020


I've enjoyed teaching, tutoring, and mentoring students of ASL and interpreting for over thirty years.


Bachelor of Arts in English
Aug 2020 - Present

Arizona State University

AAS in American Sign Language Interpreting and Education
Jan 2004 - Jun 2006

Columbus State Community College


English, American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration
Jun 1983

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Arizona State Interpreter Generalist License


Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Jun 2006

Columbus State Community College


Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Jun 1983
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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