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Marissa P.
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Learn ASL from a Teacher with over 10 years of experience in the field!
My classes work best when students are willing to be interactive and immersed in Deaf situations, learn to turn voices off over time, and role play as needed to become stronger signers. Our goal is to bring you to a conversational level and to help you build your understanding of grammar, expressive and receptive skills, and situational vocabulary. Depending on your level and needs, I will be providing supplemental materials, videos, written materials, and other creative tools to deepen your language understanding. Most importantly, I build long-lasting relationships with my students, meeting on a regular basis, covering all aspects of skill-building, test prep, and organization. BACKGROUND •I worked in 3+ school districts and assisted students with special needs. •I have helped children as young as 3 years old and older than 50+ find their passion for American Sign Language. •CSUN Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies. •U of A Master’s Degree-Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher Preparation Program and Accelerated Master’s Program. •Passed the ASLPI (American Sign Language Proficiency Exam) through Gallaudet University. •Was a teacher of the deaf and an *itinerant teacher for the entire school district. *Itinerant teachers (also called "visiting" or "peripatetic" teachers) are traveling schoolteachers. They are sometimes specialized to work in their trade or field of special education as well as providing individual tutoring. The additional ($24) program I use to teach lessons has been approved and endorsed by Gallaudet University and has met the standards for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). It has also been accepted as an appropriate curriculum by TEKS or the Texas Essential Knowledge standards for Texas High school students. If you would like to take the course information to your school to see if it is accepted for credits whether that be for high school or college, please let me know. (The addition of this program is not required, but it does support retention for serious students.) To get the most out of our lessons, I recommend 10-15 lessons to start with as this ensures you have time to learn and grow as a student, as language learning happens over time. My priority is to help you succeed. I also realize that everyone learns differently. This is why all of my tutoring/teaching/mentoring is 100% individualized. I plan according to your goals, your learning style, and your challenges. My students get results because their learning is tailored to their individual needs. TUTORING OPTIONS: Private Lessons: From beginner to advanced, lessons are tailored to your level and needs, with use of videos, materials, and other tools as needed for success. Homework Assistance: Taking an ASL class and feeling lost? Let me help! We’ll work with your class lessons and makes them understandable! Group Classes: Want to work with your friends on learning? now you can! (Use the ASK A QUESTION button to set up group rates.) Family Classes: Deaf family member and need support? I am here to help facilitate communication! Baby Sign Language Classes: Advocates report that taking baby sign language classes enables children to communicate effectively before speech evolves and improves language acquisition and parent-child bonding. Baby sign language is NOT American Sign Language with all its syntax and structure, but uses signs from ASL in a way baby can comprehend and utilize them. Other reasons to take ASL classes include: Continued Education, valuable curriculum for homeschooled students, provides work or business language support (valuable for medical personnel, audiologists, behavior clinic specialists, etc.) For students age 8 and under, I recommend 15- to 30-minute sessions. Please contact me for that special pricing. (Use the ASK A QUESTION button) TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: Total immersion gives the language learner the best chance at acquiring a new language. Just as moving to another country can strengthen language, in American Sign Language it is important to get involved in the community, watch videos, movies, read books, and use the voice-off method that has been known to support student growth. In each lesson, I strive to include Deaf experience situations and opportunities to immerse the student even further. These methods have been tried and true for decades, and as you become more comfortable over time, they will feel like second nature and provide you with results.
About Marissa P.

Hello! I look forward to getting to know you! I recently got engaged and my fiancé is in the Army. I have many years of experience teaching ASL with a variety of students. I have a passion for teaching and have wanted to become a teacher since I was 16 years old! I love working with students of all ages. I have helped children as young as 3 years old and students 50+ find their passion for American Sign Language. Sign Language isn't a fad, but is a true language with a beautiful culture, community, and experiences that make it what it is. Having such strong knowledge when it pertains to students in educational settings has helped my teaching when it comes to ASL. I am so excited to work together and look forward to seeing you in my class!

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Teacher's Studio

I've been taking lessons with Marissa for about six months now, and cannot put into words how much she has assisted me in progressing in my high school ASL class. ASL has recently become something that I am extremely passionate about, and Marissa has been there every step of the way with encouragement, challenging me to step out of my comfort zone, as well as be the most fluid and natural signer I can be. She has patience, excitement, and passion you won't find in another ASL teacher. I could not recommend her more to a fellow student like me, or really anyone that wants to dive into the fascinating world of American Sign Language!

Posted Sep 9, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Marissa has been a fantastic teacher! She has helped me come such a long way. She's been going at my speed and is tailoring the lessons to be perfectly in-line with my needs. If you're really looking for the best person to teach you ASL, look no further!

Posted Aug 21, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Great teacher overall. Rather than just teaching the signs she goes over the history and other parts of deaf culture of witch is vital for understanding ASL and deaf people in general. She does sometimes have to cancel but all for valid reasons and is very flexible when if comes to missing a lesson

Posted Aug 16, 2022
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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher
Aug 2021 - Dec 2021
El Paso School District
Worked with a class of students using ASL in all academic areas to support language growth. Was evaluated weekly and had to keep up-to-date records on the progress of students. Worked with parents in IEP meetings and provided details on student progress weekly. Worked side by side with a seasoned 30 year teacher within the school district.
Special Needs Preschool Teacher - HI (Hearing Impaired)
Aug 2019 - May 2021
Mesa Public Schools
Teaching a classroom of 30 children including lesson planning and managing aids for the classroom. Worked with the Special Needs students that had IEP’s and data that needed to be collected on a daily basis. Kept in contact with 30+ parents, keeping them updated on their child’s progress and getting them involved in the classroom. Extensive professional development is done for 8-10 hours a month.
Special Education – Deaf/Hard of Hearing teacher preparation program and Accelerated Master’s Program
Aug 2017
University of Arizona
Deaf Studies Bachelors Degree
Jan 2013 - Oct 2017
California State University Northridge
American Sign Language
Professional Proficiency
English
Native Proficiency
Passing of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Examinations (AEPA) Assessment of Professional Knowledge-Elementary
Jul 2022
Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA)
Arizona Educator Proficiency Examinations (AEPA) are a series of tests for individuals who wish to earn teaching certification in Arizona. Prospective teachers sit for different examinations depending upon what level and subject they wish to teach. All tests are computer-based and are available at Pearson test centers throughout Arizona and the rest of the United States. The Assessment of Professional Knowledge exams are designed to measure the competencies of educators within the school environment. Candidates take one of three different exams taken within 3 hours. Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary 100 multiple choice, 2 written assignments Focuses on: Concepts of human development, uses of formal and informal assessment, developing relationships with other professionals The score for each AEPA exam is calculated as a result between 100 and 300. You will need to earn a minimum score of 240 in order to pass these exams. Some exams have multiple sections, such as a performance assignment section and a selected-response section. In that case, your score will be calculated by combining your performance on each of these sections according to a pre-determined scale.
Passing of the ASLPI (American Sign Language Proficiency Interview)
Mar 2022
Gallaudet University
The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is a holistic language evaluation used to determine global ASL proficiency. The basic precept in this type of evaluation is to find out through a face-to-face interview what an individual can do with the target language at a given point in time. The ASLPI is a 20-25 minute video recorded interactive dialogue between the examinee and the interviewer. The interview is rated by a team of evaluators and examinees are awarded an overall proficiency level on a 0-5 rating scale. Language proficiency evaluation was originally developed by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State and has been used by the government for decades. Adaptations to the language proficiency evaluation were made with respect to ASL and the ASLPI was born. The ASLPI is utilized by agencies, schools, universities, programs and employers.
Multiple Methods, Multiple Modalities, and Meaningful Modeling Training
Sep 2019
Mesa Public Schools
The teacher's use of language provides an important model for children's vocabulary development. By modeling the use of sophisticated words, teachers can promote students' vocabulary growth and word consciousness. In this article, the research support for this approach is explained, suggestions are provided for how teachers might accomplish this goal, and examples are shared from teachers who have done it successfully.
Stewards of Children Training
Sep 2019
Darkness to Light- Stewards of Children
Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know or care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It’s going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not – unless you stop it from happening. And the good news is it can be stopped. This course was designed to help you notice these details that can prevent abuse from taking place.
Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect Training
Sep 2019
Darkness to Light- Stewards of Children
identify signs of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. understand your legal obligations as a mandated reporter as defined by your state. know the steps for reporting, including essential information to provide, including if there is a mandated reporter hotline for your state. understand the value of your role as a mandated reporter and name potential positive outcomes of reporting. name the basic skills of handling a child’s disclosure of maltreatment.
Professional Development
Aug 2019
Early Learning Department- MPS
Early Learning standards in Arizona. Inclusive Practices, and how to collaborate effectively in teams.
ELA Standards Training
Aug 2019
Teaching and Learning Professional Learning Department- MPS
The standards establish guidelines for English language arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. The skills and knowledge captured in the ELA/literacy standards are designed to prepare students for life outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and enjoy complex works of literature. Students will learn to use cogent reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success in college, career, and life. The standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21st century.
Preschool Inclusion Training
Aug 2019
Mesa Public Schools
In 2009, the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) issued a Joint Position Statement that gave a much needed definition for early childhood inclusion. "Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include: A sense of belonging and membership, Positive social relationships and friendships, and The development and learning to reach their full potential. The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high-quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and support." Create accessible learning environments (Access) Encourage play, learning, and membership (Participation) Helping parents and providers find information and assistance (Support)
American Sign Language Cord for Top of Class
Jan 2013
Ms. Madden- Instructor
Alpha Xi Delta
Jun 2016
Founded in 1893 at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois, Alpha Xi Delta is one of the oldest women’s fraternal organizations in the United States. Alpha Xi Delta is a progressive organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Through membership in Alpha Xi Delta, Sisters are inspired to realize their potential through the ideals our Founders instilled in our Fraternity: Sisterhood, leadership, knowledge and service to our communities. Our Mission Statement, Vision & The Symphony of Alpha Xi Delta are words our Sisters live by and inspire our Fraternity every day.

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American Sign Language
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