American Sign Language

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Faculty

ASL Faculty

 

Sandra Amundsen

Gerardo Di Pietro

Sandra Germinaro

Sean Hauschildt

Iva Ikeda

Joe Quinn

Rory Osbrink

Mary Telford

Charlotte Toothman

Ramona Galindez (summer)


American Sign Language Program
…Seeing You Reach Your Goals.

Interviews With Instructors
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Charlotte Toothman

 

 

Are you deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing?

 

Hearing.

 

How are you connected to the deaf community?

 

I am a friend, interpreter and instructor.

Why did you decide to become an ASL teacher?
Because I love teaching and I love sharing ASL with others who are interested in learning.

How many years have you been teaching ASL at BCC?
Since 1981.

Have you taught anywhere else?

 

Yes at Ohlone.

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Joe Quinn
Are you deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing?
I am hearing.
How are you connected to the deaf community?

 

I have been involved with the Deaf Community for almost 30 years. I began studying American Sign Language in college on the East Coast. Upon graduation, I moved to the Bay Area in the late 1970’s and continued my interpreting studies at Vista College. In the early 1980’s, I became certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) as a Sign Language Interpreter, earning my Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC). Professionally, I have worked with members of the Deaf Community as a Job Developer, a Computer Programming Instructor, and as a Sign Language Interpreter. In 2001, Charlotte Toothman (my ASL I co-instructor at BCC) and I co-founded Stage Hands of the Bay Area, which provides sign language interpreting services to theatres, and outreach and information about interpreted theatre to the Deaf Community in the San Francisco Bay Area. And personally, over the past 30 years I have been privileged to meet and come to know many members of the Deaf Community in the Bay Area.

 

 

Why did you decide to become an ASL teacher?

I was invited to become a faculty member of what was then known as Vista College by Cheri Smith, one of the founders and former Chairperson of the ASL Department, current instructor and one of the authors of the Signing Naturally Curriculum used at BCC. Cheri had seen me work as a trainer in a different setting, and felt I had a good skills set for becoming a language instructor. I am so pleased she did, as she helped me discover the skills and passion I had for teaching. It has been a tremendous honor to serve on this distinguished faculty, and to take part as a user, in the development of the curriculum at Vista/BCC.

 

How many years have you been teaching ASL at BCC?

I have been an instructor for about 25 years!

 

Have you taught anywhere else?

I taught as a substitute ASL Instructor at California State University at Hayward (now “at East Bay”) for a semester when an instructor went on leave. I also taught Computer Programming for over 20 years at the Computer Technologies Program (CTP) in Berkeley, which trains Deaf and Harding of Hearing persons, as well as people with disabilities, to become Computer Programmers, Network Technicians and Office Systems Personnel.

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Ivanetta Ikeda

 

Are you deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing?

Proudly Deaf!

 

How are you connected to the deaf community?

I am the third generation of a Deaf family. So, naturally, I have been connected to the Deaf community since I was born.

 

Why did you decide to become an ASL teacher?

ASL is my primary language and my passion. I want to preserve that very unique language and I enjoy teaching students ASL in its original and pure form (not bastardized signs invented by non-native signers).

In addition, teaching ASL to students, who are not familiar with a “visual language”, is challenging and is an endless learning experience for me. Also, I occasionally learn something new and interesting from associating with students about hearing culture.

 

How many years have you been teaching ASL at BCC?

11 years (Time flies if you have too much fun teaching!)

 

Have you taught anywhere else?

I used to teach art at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont.

 

 

 

 

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