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Sign Language

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My name is Dr. Ron and I have been teaching American Sign Language for the past 33 years. I am a graduate of Gallaudet University. I am a licensed Teacher of the Deaf. I am currently teaching ASL at several university programs.

As a deaf individual, I am passionate about meeting the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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Ron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1984

My name is Dr. Ron M. Are you wanting to learn more about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture? I have been using American Sign Language my entire life. It has helped me work with my deaf and hard of hearing students throughout my professional career and I use it on a daily basis for my own communication needs.

During the day, I work as an Assistant Director of Special Education for a local school district. I am responsible for over 800 children with disabilities and their educational programs.

In the evenings, I teach at the University of Kansas (K.U.) I have also been teaching American Sign Language (ASL) for the past 19 years. I have been using ASL my entire life. I am a licensed Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I am also a graduate of Gallaudet University.

My wife and I have been married for 33 years. We have three children who can hear but know American Sign Language. Joel is 26 and an accountant. Chelsea is 25 and a Child Advocate for abused and neglected children. Andrew is 21 and studying to be an elementary school teacher. We have been foster parents for 14 years and raised 56 children with disabilities.

If you feel you have a "passion" for American Sign Language, I would love to work with you on developing your expressive and receptive skills.

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Assistant Director of Special Education
Jul 2000 - Present
Public School District

I supervise all students with a disability from the ages of 3-21 years old. I hire and evaluate special education teachers, para-professionals and ASL interpreters.

High School Administrator
Jul 2004 - Jun 2011
Kansas City, Kansas


Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadersip
Jan 1994 - Jan 1997
Northern Arizona University
Master of Arts Degree (M.S.) in Counseling
Jun 1989 - Jun 1991
Gallaudet University
Master of Science Degree in School Administration
Jun 1988 - Jun 1990
Fort Hays State University
Master of Education in Deaf Education
Jun 1983 - Jun 1984
l`universite de Moncton
Bachelor`s Degree in Special Education
Jun 1982 - Jun 1983
Acadia University
Bachelor`s Degree in English
Aug 1980 - May 1982
Acadia University


American Sign Language
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Autism Spectrum Disorders
Jun 2014
Northern Arizona University

Post Doctorate Degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)
May 2014
Northern Arizona University

Post doctorate degree in the study of Positive Behavior Supports.

Autism Specialist
Feb 2014
Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training

Certified Mandt Trainer
May 2012
Mandt Training

English for Speakers of Other Languages
Jun 2008
Kansas State Department of Education

School Administrator
Aug 1991
Kansas State Department of Education

American Sign Language Examiner
Apr 1991
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

School Counselor
Aug 1990
Kansas State Department of Education

Secondary English Teacher
Jun 1984
Kansas State Department of Education

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Jan 1984
Kansas State Department of Education


Outstanding Educator of the Year
Jan 2014
University of Kansas
Del Shenkel Teaching Excellence Award
Jan 2008
University of Kansas
Principal of the Year
May 2007
Best of the West
Educator of the Year
May 2006
Fox 4 News Station
HIgh School Principal of the Year
May 2005
Best of the West
Young Alumnus of the Year
Oct 2002
Acadia University
Family of the Year
Oct 2002
Heart of America Family Services
HIgh School Principal of the Year
Jun 2002
State of Kansas - Keys for Networking
Employee of the Year
Feb 1997
Governor`s Committee for the Employment of the Disabled


Kappa Delta Pi
Jun 1997

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million!

Using a variety of programs, services, and resources, KDP supports and advances educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers.

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Boy Scouts of America
Jun 1995

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

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National Federation of the Blind
Aug 1992

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

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9 Reviews

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Jordan May 30, 2018
Sign Language · Online

I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.

Paige May 30, 2018
Sign Language · Online

He was a great instructor very helpful very funny and super relatable!!!

Caitlin May 30, 2018
Sign Language · Online

It was by far my favorite class I have ever taken and I looked forward to having live session every week. It was funny, interesting, and I always felt like I was learning a new sign. He is a great teacher.

John C. May 30, 2018
Sign Language · In studio

Dr. Malcolm is a phenomenal professor. I took his American Sign Language classes 1,3, and 4 at the University of Kansas. There was never a dull moment in Dr. Malcolm's classes. He made learning a new language exciting, but kept it honest how much practice it takes. Some of my favorite moments in his classes were signing books and songs. Dr. Malcolm was encouraging and supportive through the whole process.

Dr. Malcolm teaches more than just sign language in the classroom, he teaches about the Deaf Culture and some realities that individuals face outside of the Deaf community. I also enjoyed these moments because we got to learn about individuals whom have faced massive adversity, but continue to spread love and joy to others.

I would encourage anyone who has a chance to take a class with Dr. Malcolm. The skills and knowledge you learn are life lasting. As well as the supportive Dr. Malcolm will continue to give after course has ended.

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Anne Marie Foley May 30, 2018
Sign Language · In studio

I took Sign Language 1,3, and 4 at the University of Kansas with Dr. Malcolm and it was the best language classes I have ever taken. The classes are engaging, fun, and interesting. There are definitely no boring moments. Not only did I learn the language but I also learn a lot about Deaf culture. The passion Dr. Malcolm brings into the class inspires students to continue on with approving their skills in sign language. I've always struggled with learning languages because of a speech impediment causing me to have a lot of bad experiences in language classes. However, Dr. Malcolm's sign language classes made learning a new language a great experience and I felt comfortable.

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Jessica May 29, 2018
Sign Language · In studio

Dr. Malcolm is an incredible and spunky professor who is nothing short of genuine towards his students. I had Dr. Malcolm for two courses and was fortunate enough to TA for him for nearly three years. Not only does he teach his students with real stories so they’re able to make connections but he makes a connection with each individual student through conversation and genuine interaction. He is more than capable of teaching students Sign Language.

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Lori May 29, 2018
Sign Language · In studio

Dr. Malcolm was really awesome. I learned the 3rd of 4 levels of ASL from him. I found him engaging, charismatic, and extremely easy to learn from. He made the classes really fun and really helped me to build confidence in my ASL skillset.

Kree May 29, 2018
Sign Language · Online

This was the first time I had taken sign language, and the first online course I’d taken as well. It was a beginners course, so no one knew what to expect. Dr. Malcolm did a great job pacing the course to make sure that we weren’t overwhelmed, but also that we were actually learning a good amount of material each week. He was always patient with us, and made sure that we received the help we needed. He is passionate about the subject and teaching in general. The material is also new and interesting, and I truly enjoyed having him as my teacher.

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Iszac May 29, 2018
Sign Language · In studio

Dr. Malcolm is an amazing teacher. He was the reason I continued learning ASL. Not only does he teach you life lessons with ASL but teaches you about Deaf Community and Culture! I recommend his class to anyone who wants to learn a language and a culture.

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