Ruann Wood
Knoxville, TN
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Ruann Wood

Ruann W.

Knoxville, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you want to learn American Sign Language (ASL) or you are a brand-new sign language interpreting student enrolled in an (ITP/IEP) program, I can assist you to bolster your ASL and/or interpreting skills. I am fluent in ASL and spoken English. As a professional ASL interpreter with 15 years experience in the field, you can trust that I will walk with you down the path to confident use of ASL. Allow me to help you shine bright in your new field of interest...ASL...the most fun language to learn and use on the planet!

About Ruann W.

The best teachers are those that know the content like the back of his/her own hand and enjoy sharing it with others. I taught ASL classes for a number of years in my local community. We even made the newspaper! Students left with a grasp on ASL, American Sign Language, and with stories to tell about how he/she learned from mistakes. ASL is one of those languages that one wrong hand shape or wrong location can make a "sign"...well...even more fun. We will learn in a real world environment. What do you need to know for the place you will use the language? We will do that. If you are an interpreting student, we will work on your weak areas. Most often a strong language base will fix a lot of interpreting errors. Bolstering the vocabulary base gives a person the freedom to play with the language and enjoy it. Let's make it happen for you.

For those that need to know, I do have a BS degree in ASL interpreting, an AAS in ASL interpreting, and a certificate in Deaf Studies as well as the RID: NIC certification for interpreters and am a SC:L (legal) candidate for certification. I know what I'm doing. WINK!


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Video Remote Interpreter
Jan 2018 - Present

Various Companies

I work remotely on various video remote interpreting platforms for various companies as needed.

Sign Language Interpreter
Jul 2007 - Present

Visual Communication Interpreting, Inc.

Owner and CEO of Visual Communication Interpreting, Inc. since 2007.

Sign Language Interpreter
May 2005 - Jul 2007

Freelance Interpreter

After graduation I worked as a freelance interpreter in Oregon, Washington, and Tennessee.


American Sign Language Interpretation
Aug 2011 - May 2013

Tennessee Temple University

American Sign Language Interpretation
Aug 2003 - May 2005

Portland Community College


American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English (United States)

Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Interpreter Certification - Advanced
Jun 2008

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Aug 2002
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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