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American Sign Language

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Hello! I first started learning American Sign Language as a young teenager and continued to develop a passion for deaf people and their culture as I later took additional ASL and deaf studies classes in college and became very involved in the deaf ministry at my church. I also worked as a counselor at a camp for deaf teens and kids when I was in college and spent my internship for my senior year in college in Russia learning the foundations of both Russian and Russian Sign Language and communicating with the deaf there. If you want to learn American Sign Language from someone who is very passionate about the deaf people, I would be your teacher! With me as your teacher, you will not only learn conversational sign language, but on the intermediate level I will also teach you the basics of interpreting. Regardless what level you are in signing, with me you will also learn much about the deaf and their culture. I hope to see you in class!

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About

Sara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2008

Hello! I hold my Bachelor's Degree in both Cross-Cultural Ctudies and Biblical Studies and have 5 years experience teaching in the classroom and over 10 years experience teaching and tutoring privately, including both English as a Second Language, as well as guitar.

As a musician, I play not only guitar, but also mandolin, piano, ukulele, dulcimer, and banjo. I am passionate about the guitar and also incorporate music theory into my lessons.

A vast majority of my experience in teaching ESL comes from teaching overseas. I hold my TESOL certificate and would happy to tutor those learning to speak English.

I am also fluent in American Sign Language and would be able to teach anyone interested. I am very passionate about ASL and the deaf and would love to share that enthusiasm with you!

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Experience

Teacher
Aug 2019 - Present
VIPKID

I teach English as a Second Language online to children in China.

Substitute Teacher
Feb 2019 - Present
Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy

Guitar teacher
Feb 2008 - Present
Self-Emoyed

Receptionist
Feb 2019 - Aug 2019
Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy

Hospitality Assistant
Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
Southland Christian Camp

This was a temporary position while I was living in that area for only a short time.

Retail and Coffee Shop Supervisor (summer position)
May 2018 - Aug 2018
Camp Chetek

This was a summer staff position. I supervised the camp's snack shop, coffee shop, and bookstore. I was also the assistant to the business manager.

Assistant to Director of Adult Retreats
Aug 2017 - May 2018
Ironwood Christian Camp

This was a 9-month itern position.

Counselor
May 2017 - Aug 2017
Camp Chetek

This was a summer only position. I was a counselor to children and teens ages 8-12.

Teacher
Aug 2016 - May 2017
Majesty Christian Academy

I came to MCA on Guam on a 1 school year contract. I taught grades 5th-8th, and I also taught elementary, middle, and high school art. I also coached JV Girls volleyball. We had quite a few international students, and I had several in my classes, as well as several ESL students during that year.

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Counselor
May 2016 - Aug 2016
Camp Chetek

This was a summer only position. I was a counselor to children and teens ages 8-12.


Education

Bachelor's in Biblical Studies
Aug 2009 - May 2014
Ambassador Baptist College

Languages

American Sign Language
Professional Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Russian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

TESOL
Aug 2019
TESOL-VIPKID

Photos & Videos

Photo by Sara M.

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Teaching in Russia

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Playing guitar in church with my husband

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