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American Sign Language Program Professors

Gerardo Di Pietro

Sandra Germinaro

Jenny Gough

Ivanetta Ikeda

Amy June Rowley


Interviews With Instructors

Ivanetta Ikeda

1. Are you deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing?
– Proudly Deaf!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. How many years have you been teaching ASL at BCC?
– 11 years (Time flies if you have too much fun teaching!)

5. Have you taught anywhere else?
– I used to teach art at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont.