Tony Slate

Tony S.

Richmond, TX
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Lesson Details

American Sign Language

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching ASL for 19 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of ASL and Deaf culture! I am passionate about teaching, Deaf ministry, and ASL!
Within the first few lessons, you'll start signing simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to converse with people who are Deaf! You will also be learning about the culture of Deaf people at the same time.

Having four children of my own, I have seen the importance of teaching babies sign language. I have seen first hand how it actually speeds up the speech development process and has given them stronger conceptual skills.

If you are a new parent or if you have a child that is losing their hearing and/or going deaf, I will support you and teach you how to communicate effectively.
If you want to avoid the "terrible 2's" let's get to signing right away! :)

Already a Signer?
Let's work on perfecting your skills, work on expanded vocabulary and polish up on Non Manual Markers and mouth morphemes!
I love working with students of all experience levels and look forward to meeting you!
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Tony delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:

Hi, there! My name is Tony and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching formal and private lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my students learn American Sign Language while developing confidence in their skills. I went to Harding University and was trained and tutored by a Master ASL Instructor as well as the Deaf community. I'm a patient and fun person and my teaching style is highly interactive. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!


Department Head and ASL Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
Fort Bend Christian Academy

ASL Teacher and Department Head of World Languages.
Mentor and Eagle Week Mission Trip Leader to Jamaica Deaf Schools.

Department Head/AVID Coordinator/Teacher
Aug 2012 - May 2015
Elkins HS

ASL Teacher and AVID Teacher helping students reach their full potential academically.

Aug 2001 - May 2011
Fort Bend Baptist Academy

ASL Teacher Levels I-V

Aug 1996 - May 2001
Westbury Christian School


BS Art education; ASL
Aug 1991 - May 1996
Harding University


Professional Proficiency


ASL Texas Teacher Certification
May 2012
State Board of Education (Texas Education Agency)

ASLTA Provisional Certifcation
Jan 2007


Teacher of the Year Nominee
Apr 2015
Elkins HS (FBISD)
Teacher of the Year
May 1998
Westbury Christian School


American Sign Language Teachers Association
Aug 2006

American Sign Language Teachers Association is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and Deaf studies teachers. Our mission is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture through excellence in teaching. This includes teaching ASL as a heritage or first language, as a second language, and as part of Deaf Studies

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Photos & Videos

Mr. Slate

Great student!

Brother sister ASL duo!

Mr. Slate relaxing.

The Slate Clan. We all sign!

One of my star students at his Eagle Award reception.

Photo by Tony S.

Looking forward to helping you reach your goals!


42 Reviews

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Cortney N. Nov 5, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

You da best

Carla Oct 22, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Tony was awesome as usual. We talked about the review words in my last current unit of my curriculum. He asked to help me with reviewing my recent test. We will go over my class notes next week.

Carla Oct 9, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Tony is very knowledgeable, kind, polite, punctual. I am learning vocab, sentence structure and deaf culture. Very happy.

Joshua Oct 8, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Mr. Slate is one of the best teachers I have ever had! He is funny, kind and compassionate and he loves his students and is invested in making sure they succeed in his class. ASL has changed my life because of him and how he teaches us that it isn't just a language, but also a culture. He makes learning fun and therefore it allows me to do better in his class. He's awesome! Anyone would be blessed to have him as a teacher!

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Sarah Oct 8, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Mr. Slate is truly an amazing teacher! He is always willing to help his students and better his students in any way that he can and he keeps his classes fun and interesting. I have learned more ASL with him than I have with anyone else because he is constantly pushing me to do better and is very approachable if I have any questions or need extra help. He is very invested in his students and is very knowledgeable in ASL and is amazing at his job! Love him!

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Carla Oct 8, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Tony is always punctual and reassuring. I sent him my syllabus and he will have a clear picture of where I am in my college class. Thank you.

Mandy Sep 30, 2017
American Sign Language ·

Mr. Slate is one of the best teachers i’ve ever had. I went into ASL not expecting it to have such a big impact on me. It wasn’t just ASL that had the impact but Mr. Slate as well. Having someone so great in my life teaching me one of my favorite subjects is so amazing. If you are thinking about learning asl sign up with Mr. Slate now !!!

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Morgann Sep 30, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Mr. Slate has helped me advance my Sign Language skills far more than I could ever imagine. I went into his class just cause I didn’t want to take spanish. Little did I know that class was going to change my life forever. I recommend Mr. Slate to anyone and everyone. Definitely the best teacher I’ve ever had.

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Blake Sep 30, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Mr. Slate is a pretty radical guy. I loved him as a teacher and as in a brother in God. He truly cares about his students and wants nothing else but their success in the classroom and in their personal relationship with Christ. He is always looking for ways to spice up his classes and brighten his students day. He was and will be my favorite teacher for a very long time.

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Kiley Sep 30, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Mr. Slate is awesome!! He helped me so much on my very first lesson and I am continuing to extend my signing ability every lesson! He is so so helpful!! He is the best ASL teacher!!

Carla Sep 28, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

My first tutor session and it was incredibly helpful...I emailed him sentences I needed to confirm the sentence structure. It is for a presentation due this Wed. He had printed it and we got all the sentences covered. Thank you. #teamTonyASL

Ashley S. Sep 27, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Learned a lot in only the first lesson!

Heather G. Sep 24, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Tony is awesome and I'm so excited to continue learning!

Lindsay A. Sep 24, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Tony is teaching ASL to my 6-year-old. He is so awesome with her. So patient and kind and such a great teacher. Highly recommend!

Nicholas Sep 20, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Danielle Jul 30, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

You're awesome!

Aliza L. Jul 26, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

We learned some basic ASL with Tony to help give us an extra way to communicate with our Hard of Hearing baby. Tony is extremely knowledgeable, is a fantastic teacher, and was a real pleasure to work with. When we want to learn more ASL, we'll definitely be signing up (pun intended) with Tony!

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Aliza L. Jun 28, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Bryan Jun 28, 2017
Study Skills · In studio

Mr. Slate is one of those teachers that you remember. He taught me in High School 8+ years ago. His teaching style doesn't simply lead to fact memorization, but to understanding subject matter on a deeper level. He is intelligent, funny, and most importantly, cares deeply about developing his students to get them to the next level.

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Kate Jun 26, 2017

Mr. Slate is passionate about teaching and his excitement transfers to his students. He is one of those teachers that manages to be everyone's favorite!

Steven Jun 23, 2017
Study Skills · In home

I highly recommend Tony Slate to anyone that is interested in improving in the services he provides. The foundation of my study skills and habits are based off everything he has taught me and helped me with. Without him I wouldn't have been able to make all A's, have one of the highest GPA's in my class and just feel extremely comfortable with anything I need to study. Tony Slate came highly recommended to me and I will highly recommend him to anyone else.

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Alex Jun 23, 2017
Study Skills · In studio

Mr. Slate is a virtuous man who invested his time in me outside of school to help mold my character during my youth. I would recommend him not only for his adept teaching skills in ASL but for his ability to communicate with clarity and dynamism to people at different stages of learning. A compassionate man with great interpersonal skills that bring learning to life!

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Allen Jun 20, 2017
Study Skills · In studio

Really efficient instructor and truly gets involved with students. Teaches with a passion

Tyler Jun 20, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Tony is a great teacher and is very patient with his students. I took 3 years of classes from him and still remember a lot of what I learned from that time. Would highly recommend him as a teacher and person!

Jacob Jun 20, 2017

Great Christian man with a passion for teaching and cares about his students

Haley Jun 19, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Tony Slate is the reason I became a Deaf education teacher. Learning sign language from Tony was the best decision I have made. I learn under Tony for about three years while I was in high school. I firmly believe that my signing skills would not be where they are today if it was not for him. When I began college my signing skills were easily above the majority of the students begins at the same or even higher level than me. I would recommend lessons from Tony to any one that wants to learn American Sign Language. He is dedicated, passionate and knownadlage.

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Travis Jun 19, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Tony (Mr. Slate) was a huge influence on me during my high school years. He cares more about his students than any other teacher I've had. He is one of those special teachers you never forget, and I am so thankful to have known him! You rock, Tony!

SteveE Jun 19, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Tony is clear with his teaching style and encourages progress from your current level. He is also a great example of not only instructing, but modeling the importance of genuine relationships within the ASL/deaf community.

Jacob Jun 15, 2017
· In home

Tony is an amazing guy! I've never seen someone as selfless and caring in their teaching as him. I am honored for Tony to be my mentor and friend and could not recommend him enough! Love him!

Cortney N. Apr 24, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Whitney S. Apr 11, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

My daughter loved her lesson! Not to mention Mr. Slate was my ASL teacher in high school, I see his awesomeness has not faded!

Jaeden L. Mar 14, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Tony is a great teacher.... lessons show he has a true passion to teach ASL. Can not say how impressed I am with what my daughter has learned in such little time.

A Happy Mama Jan 12, 2017
American Sign Language · In studio

Tony teaches from the heart. Tony has given my child the confidence he needs to succeed while teaching him ASL. He has picked up so quickly and I am constantly amazed at what he has learned. I can't say enough good things about the way Tony interacts with students to make them feel like they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. We are grateful to have him in our child's life. We highly recommend him to friends and family.

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Mike Jan 10, 2017
Study Skills · In studio

Amazing teacher!

Zach Aug 17, 2016
American Sign Language · Online

Tony's one of the nicest, patient and excited people I've met. He puts his all into his projects and clients and anyone who works with Tony is going to find their real potential.

Colin Aug 16, 2016
American Sign Language · In studio

Tony is one of the best teachers I have ever had!

Carrie W Aug 16, 2016
American Sign Language · Online

Tony's heart and skill level cannot be matched. I recommend him without reservation!

Mildred Aug 16, 2016
American Sign Language · In studio

Excellent instructor & very down to earth. My son had Mr. Slate as a HS teacher & he says he is one of his favorite teachers- hands down. He was able to learn ASL bey quickly under his instruction.

Mary Aug 16, 2016
Study Skills · In studio

Mr.Slate is probably the best teacher I've ever had. He does the above and beyond to help you academically. Mr.Slate does his best to make sure every student is treated well. You will the best experience in his class .

Susan Aug 15, 2016
American Sign Language · In studio

I was pleased to be Tony's first principal. His knowledge of subject matter and interest in his students was exemplary. He was a devoted teacher who had an enthusiasm for all aspects of his responsibilities and that zeal seemed to radiate toward those around him. I would highly recommend him and have little doubt but that you'd find him eager to meet the needs of any student. If you are looking for an instructor who will make a difference, look no further!

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Sergio Aug 15, 2016
Study Skills · In home

The most caring teacher a student can ever ask for. Mr. Slate pushes his students to a higher level than the rest but does so in a way that makes the students enjoy themsleves and learn better.

Deryk Aug 15, 2016
American Sign Language · In home

Tony is a patient teacher who loves his subject and his students. He loves to teach, and truly gets excited when he sees his students "getting it". He is a rare teacher because he is so connected personally to the subject and to every student. He is a great encourager and motivator, and he is extremely skilled in ASL. This is no "side job" for him. He is devoted to the deaf community, and part of that devotion is teaching hearing folks to communicate with the community he loves so much. If you want to learn ASL, you will not be disappointed with Tony.

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