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Sharon Donato

Deaf Education Teacher, Communications Mentor


Bio:

Sharon Donato has been teaching deaf education for close to 20 years. Sharon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Bilingual Communications and Deaf Studies from California State University at Northridge. After graduating, Sharon spent some time as a motivational speaker talking to kids about communicative disorders in California, New York, North Carolina and Alabama. She currently works as a high school special education instructor for children with disabilities.


 Key Skills:

Leadership

  • Motivational speaker for children across the country
  • Supervision of large groups of students

Education

  • Certified interpreter of American Sign Language
  • Facilitated learning groups on various communication topics
  • Specialist in diversity and equality training among disabled individuals.

Technology

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe After Effects and QuickBooks
  • Experienced with using Telecommunication devices for the deaf


Experience:

Deaf Education Instructor
Jefferson High School                                       Washington, DC                  2007-present
Freeman Elementary School                              Bethesda, MD                     2004-2007
LSM High School                                             Clearwater, FL                     2001-2004

Communications Mentor
American Society for Deaf Children                     Silver Spring, MD                 2009-present
Towson University                                            Towson, MD                         2008-2010           
Hillsborough Community College                        Tampa, FL                           1992-2000


Education:

University of North Florida                    Master of Education in Special Education      Jacksonville, FL    1989

California State University, Northridge    Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies                   Northridge, CA   1985


Credentials:

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – Certificate of Transliteration


Professional Memberships:

  • Deaf Bilingual Coalition
  • National Theater of the Deaf
  • American Society for Deaf Children
  • Deaf Seniors of America

Mary Fuller

ASL-English Interpreter


Bio:

Mary Fuller is the newest member of the DeafLinx team. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interpreter Preparation from MacMurray College in 2009. Having grown up with a deaf sibling, Mary always knew she wanted to pursue a career in deaf education. From a young age, Mary helped her brother with his studies and developed quite a fondness for American Sign Language. As she improved upon her skills, Mary volunteered with a number of local churches working as an interpreter for church services and Sunday school classes.

After graduation Mary returned to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina and began working for a local non-profit organization that helps children with disabilities. Mary met her future husband while attending an ASL-Interpreter conference at Gallaudet University. They were married last October and are now expecting their first child. Currently, Mary lives in Alexandria, VA and works as an ASL-English Interpreter at a local high school.


Key Skills:

Leadership

  • Leader of training for new interpreters
  •  Management of interpreting services and policies
  • Punctual and observant

Education

  • Kennedy High School faculty member
  • Leader of interpretation services at Holy Trinity Baptist Church

Technology

  • Proficient in Mac and Windows platforms
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel and Final Cut Pro
  • Familiar with TDD systems


Experience:

ASL-English Interpreter
Kennedy High School                         Alexandria, VA                     2010-present
Holy Trinity Baptist Church                 Alexandria, VA                     2011-present
Open Arms Baptist Church                Raleigh, NC                         2009-2011

Public Relations Internship

National Inclusion Project                  Raleigh, NC                          2009-2010


Education:

MacMurray College            Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation Preparation             Jacksonville, IL     2009


Credentials:

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – Certificate of Interpretation


Professional Memberships:

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (TDI)

Chris Perkins

ASL Linguistics Educator


Bio:

Chris Perkins has devoted his life to teaching the understanding of deaf education. Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from UC Davis. He then went on to pursue his Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies from Western Oregon University where he graduated with high honors. Immediately after graduating, Chris was offered a full time position as an adjunct professor teaching ASL linguistics.

Chris has toured the country mentoring colleges on the importance of linguistics in deaf studies. He has also started his own volunteering organization in his hometown of Boulder, CO in which children with hearing disabilities are tutored and taught fun ways to learn American Sign Language. Chris’ hobbies including skiing, fantasy football and hiking with his Australian Shepard Max. He and his wife are the proud parents to three beautiful children.


Key Skills:

Leadership:

  • Director and president of volunteer services for non-profit organization
  • Implemented policies for university linguistics department
  • Lectured students on the importance of linguistics in deaf culture
  • Structured and assiduous

Education:

  • Deaf Studies and linguistics faculty member
  • Mentor and member of Colorado division of PEPnet (Postsecondary Education Programs Network)
  • Accredited member of the CED

Technology:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, AfterEffects, Windows and Mac platforms, iDVD
  • Trained in using TTY devices


Experience:

ASL Linguistics Professor
University of Boulder                         Boulder, CO                         2003-present

Program Director
All Things Possible, Inc.                     Boulder, CO                        2005-present


Education:

University of California – Davis         Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics              Davis, CA           1999

Western Oregon University              Master of Arts Degree in Interpreting Studies   Monmouth, OR    2003


Credentials:

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – Certificate of Transliteration
  • TransPerfect Linguist Certification
  • Oral Transliterating Certificate


Professional Memberships:

  • H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education & Awareness for Rockers)
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • Linguistic Society of America


Beth Ann Walburg

Secondary Education Teacher, ASL Interpreter


Bio:

Beth Ann Walburg fell in love with teaching when she was 12 years old. While taking a sign language class with her mother at their local church, Beth met a young boy who had through an accident lost his hearing and needed to learn this new language to communicate. Beth and the boy spent countless hours teaching each other this new language, and to this day, Beth credits her best friend Charlie as the inspiration to become a teacher.

 In order to pursue this goal Beth first attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education/Childhood Education (Gr. 1-6), and later received her Master of Science in Secondary Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf with high honors. Beth currently works as a Fifth grade deaf education teacher and spends her free time spending time with her husband and three Rottweilers.


Key Skills:

Leadership

  • Management of special education students
  • Head of development for secondary education program
  • Ability to manage time well and multi-task
  • Supervision of adult interpreters

Education

  • Adapting new procedures for students and interpreters
  • Presentation of new lessons and goals
  • ASL training interpreter for children and parents

Technology

  • Experienced in TTY communication devices
  • Skillful in Microsoft Office, Excel, QuickBooks, and PowerPoint
  • Adept in Adobe Photoshop, and After Effects


Experience:          

Secondary Education Teacher
School 24                                                        Los Angeles, CA                   2008-present
Geiger Elementary School                                Los Angeles, CA                   2010-present
Windy Palm Community Center                         Burbank, CA                        2010-present
Beverly Elementary                                          Venice Beach, CA                2004-2008
Thomas Jefferson Middle School                     Burbank, CA                        2001-2004
Azusa Elementary School                                 Glendora, CA                       1996-2000

ASL-English Interpreter       
Rocky Hills Elementary                                     Canandaigua, NY                 1994-1996
Kingston Middle School                                     Lockport, NY                        1991-1994


Education:

Canisius College      BA in Special Education/Childhood Education (Gr. 1-6)        Buffalo, NY          1984

RIT-NTID                Master of Science in Secondary Education                          Rochester, NY      1991      


Credentials:

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf – Comprehensive Skills Certificate
  • New York Certification for Secondary Education
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification


Professional Memberships:

  • American Sign Language Teachers Association
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Education Association
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities

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