Michael Cain

Michael C.

Loganville, GA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 18 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate/advanced American Sign Language (ASL) student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be signing ASL in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of fluency language, knowledge of Deaf culture, socialize in community and more. Let's get started!

About Michael C.

My name is Michael Cain and I was born on December 16, 1971 in Birmingham, Alabama. At age 5, I lost my hearing due to a high fever. My parents never knew what caused the fever. My parents, two sisters and brother can all hear. My parents and sisters use Sign Exact English (SEE). My brother uses American Sign Language (ASL) and is an interpreter. I grew up in Locust Fork, Alabama as the only Deaf child in our family.

From 1976 to 1990, I was mainstreamed with hearing students in public school. I felt like my deafness was truly accepted during my time at Cleveland High School. From 1987-1990, I was one of only two Deaf students who played high school football and baseball at Cleveland High. I graduated high school in 1990 and was accepted to Floyd College in Rome, Georgia which is now called Georgia Highland College. In the fall of 1992 I transferred to Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, Alabama. While at JSU, I was involved with the Student Organization for Deaf Awareness (SODA) as their Sports Director, President, Vice-President and Deaf Performer. I was involved in the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, a Deaf Peer Counselor and an ASL Adjunct for the JSU Police Department. In 1998, I graduated from JSU with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a minor in English.

In 1998, I moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia and worked for two years as a Database Programmer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1999, I married my wife who is also Deaf and we settled in Snellville, Georgia. In 2001 I went to work for the Gwinnett County Police Department as a full time Animal Control Officer. At that time, I started teaching ASL part time at Georgia Perimeter College for the Sign Language Interpreter Program. In 2013, Georgia Perimeter College offered me a full time job as an ASL Instructor for Sign Language Interpreter Program. In 2015, I went back to college at Gallaudet University to work on my Masters Degree in Sign Language Education. In 2016, I graduated from Gallaudet University with a Masters Degree in Sign Language Education.

Currently, I am an ASL Instructor for the American Sign Language Program at Georgia State University at Perimeter College in Clarkston and at the Atlanta Institutes of Languages. I also work as a Freelance Deaf Interpreter. Check out my link: michaelcain.weebly.com

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Experience

TENURED-TRACK ASL INSTRUCTOR
Aug 2018 - Present

Georgia State University at Perimeter College in Clarkston, GA

Perimeter College Courses Taught: - ASL I (ASL 1001) - ASL II (ASL 1002) - ASL III (ASL 2001) - ASL IV (ASL 2002) Used: - Signing Naturally Unit 1 – 6 - Signing Naturally Unit 7 – 12 Georgia State University Courses Taught: - SLIP3010 - ASL Narrative & Discourse Used: ASL Green Book - SLIP4010 - English Language To American Sign Language * Teaching college students in American Sign Language; * Mentoring with students to communicate in American Sign Language; * Socializing with students and the Deaf community in American Sign Language at Deaf events; * Assessing throughout semester students’ American Sign Language skills during class time. * Interviewing new students for skill assessments; * Advising students who want to become sign language interpreters prior to admission into the Interpreter Training Program; * Developing the instructors’ curriculum and materials using instructional technology.  Developing the skill assessments, videos, quizzes, video projects assignments, lab work assignments, and rubrics for ASL Department faculty members.  Responsible for recording technologies, Final Cut Pro X and IMovie movie creator software, apps, YouTube, GoReact, ICollege, Etc...  Volunteering as Lab Technician and assisting for student’s needs.  Visual contacts by using GoReact, FaceTime, Sorenson Videophone, Glide, Skype, Oovoo, etc...

ASL Lecturer
Aug 2016 - May 2018

Georgia State University at Perimeter College in Clarkston, GA

 Courses Taught: o ASL I (ASL 1001) o ASL II (ASL 1002) o ASL III (ASL 2001) o ASL IV (ASL 2002)  Used: o Signing Naturally Unit 1 – 6 o Signing Naturally Unit 7 – 12 2016 – PRESENT  Teaching college students in American Sign Language;  Mentoring with students to communicate in American Sign Language;  Socializing with students and the Deaf community in American Sign Language at Deaf events;  Assessing throughout semester students’ American Sign Language skills during class time.  Interviewing new students for skill assessments;  Advising students who want to become sign language interpreters prior to admission into the Interpreter Training Program;  Developing the instructors’ curriculum and materials using instructional technology.  Developing the skill assessments, videos, quizzes, video projects assignments, lab work assignments, and rubrics for ASL Department faculty members.  Responsible for recording technologies, Final Cut Pro X and IMovie movie creator software, apps, YouTube, GoReact, ICollege, Etc...  Volunteering as Lab Technician and assisting for student’s needs.  Visual contacts by using GoReact, FaceTime, Sorenson Videophone, Glide, Skype, Oovoo, etc...

Education

Master of American Sign Language Education
Jan 2015 - May 2017

Gallaudet University

Computer Information System
Aug 1992 - May 1998

Jacksonville State University

Undecided
Aug 1990 - May 1992

Floyd College

Languages

American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

American Sign Language Teacher Association Certified
Feb 2017

American Sign Language Teacher Assocation National

Provisional Level

Affiliations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Aug 2015
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.
American Sign Language Teachers Association
Jan 2013
American Sign Language Teachers Association is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and Deaf studies teachers. Our mission is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture through excellence in teaching. This includes teaching ASL as a heritage or first language, as a second language, and as part of Deaf Studies
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Jan 2010
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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