Rachel Tracy

Rachel T.

Fairview, PA
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American Sign Language

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I've been signing for almost 19 years. I have a Deaf son who is now an adult. Initially, I taught him and myself sign using library books. A few years ago, I went to college to study ASL, as well as Deaf culture. I actually know 2 different forms of sign language. Signing with me is FUN because it is my passion and is close to my heart as it's how I communicate with my son, his wife, and quite a few friends. Opening one's mind to ASL is akin to learning to SEE SOUND!

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About

Rachel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2000

I've always liked sign language, after learning the alphabet as a child. I never really had a reason to learn it until I found out that my son was deaf. Initially I was concerned for him & any struggles he may go through because of it. That honestly dissipated quickly for me. I could now communicate with my kid! WooHoo! His very first signs were "cookie" & "crackers" because I had to bribe him to sign with me. His Deafness & our learning sign became our adventure! From brightly colored, tie-dyed hearing aid molds, to me teaching the neighborhood kids how to sign so that they could easily play together. Then discrimination from his school district set in. Momma bear came out. I found an attorney willing to take the case pro bono, I got my son a Deaf advocate through a local community service, and called our local newspaper & shared the story with them. Through that newspaper article, more parents came forward & reached out to me for help. That was the moment I realized my purpose in life; be it teaching sign, advocacy, sharing the rich culture that comes with it all.....This was & is my purpose. On an ironic little side note, I actually used to be semi-professional singer/ songwriter. Haha! Now, from time to time, I do enjoy Interpreting songs into ASL. I'm passionate, fun, funny but I can be pretty bad with the corny jokes. If you & I ever work together with sign Language, just be prepared for a wonderful adventure, but still within the safe confines of modern society. Haha

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Experience

ASL Interpreter (private contractor)
Dec 2018 - Present
Global Word Smiths

I officially hold this position, however they've not yet needed my services as I'm now in an area with very few Deaf/hoh people.

Mommy of a Deaf child
Oct 1997 - Present
Motherhood

I've raised my Deaf son and taught him sign language


Education

ASL (American sign Language), Deaf culture, ASL interpreting
Feb 2016 - Apr 2018
Riverside City College

Languages

ASL
Professional Proficiency
Signing Exact English (SEE)
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spoken English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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