Nishani McCluskey
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Nishani McCluskey

Nishani M.

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Learning American Sign Language allows you to interact meaningfully with the deaf community, opening doors to so many opportunities between the deaf and hearing world. I am an instructor at Saint Paul College (Minnesota), and previously taught at the University of Minnesota, and Gallaudet University. I am passionate about teaching ASL, and my students have enjoyed learning a new language. My goal is to make you have fun and feel at ease in communicating in ASL. I look forward to working with you!

About Nishani M.

I am a professional American Sign Language instructor. I graduated from Gallaudet University with a Masters in Sign Language Education. I was born deaf and while I can lip read (as the rest of my family are hearing), learning and using Sign Language opened my world in ways I never imagined.

ASL students can expect to improve week to week in their signing technique. Every person has their own pace. I can help students to sign with confidence and expression. I teach ASL students of all different ages and experience levels. I can tailor instructions to suit the preferences of the student.

My personal passion is to paint landscapes and to produce oil paintings, to travel around the world and to explore sign languages from around the world. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become fluent in ASL!

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Experience

American Sign Language Instructor
Aug 2019 - May 2020

Saint Paul College

• Develop separate syllabi for (a) ASL 1 Online (1411-91), (b) ASL 1 Hybrid (1411-70), (c) ASL 2 Online (1412-92), (d) ASL 2 Hybrid (1412-70), and (e) ASL Fingerspelling and Numbers (1433-01) (American Sign Language) classes in the American Sign Language program. • Teach these classes, including designing lesson plans, developing tests, quizzes and homework assignments, and advising students. • Document students’ progress and write individualized evaluations at the end of each semester. • Utilize Signing Naturally Units 1-6 and Fingerspelling & Numbers in ASL curriculum materials. Provide additional models of native signing. • Provide support and encouragement for students to succeed in the classroom and everyday conversation • Assess students’ ASL skills and fluency.

American Sign Language Instructor
Aug 2017 - May 2019

University of Minnesota

Develop separate syllabi for (a) ASL 1 (1701), (b) ASL II (1702), (c) ASL 3 (3703) and (d) ASL 4 (3704) (American Sign Language) classes in the American Sign Language program. • Teach these classes, including designing lesson plans, developing tests, quizzes and homework assignments, and advising students. • Document students’ progress and write individualized evaluations at the end of each semester. • Utilize Signing Naturally Units 1-6 and Units7-12 curriculum materials. Provide additional models of native signing. • Provide support and encouragement for students to succeed in the classroom and everyday conversation • Assess students’ ASL skills and fluency.

Education

Masters in Sign Language Education
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014

Gallaudet University

MFA in Illustration and MA in Graphic Design
Jul 1994 - May 1997

Savannah College of Arts and Design

BA in Advertising Arts
Jul 1990 - May 1994

Gallaudet University

Languages

American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

American Sign Language Teacher Association
Aug 2014

ASLTA

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