Deaf at birth to hearing parents and one of four siblings in which I have a deaf brother, we graduated from the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri. After graduating high school, I went on to Gallaudet University, the world’s only Liberal Arts University for the Deaf, located in Washington, DC for a Bachelor of Science. I continued my studies at the University of Missouri – Columbia. In 2006, I earned a master’s degree in education and became the first deaf licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri.
In 2005, I was offered to teach American Sign Language (ASL) which flourish with my love for the language, I had an opportunity to continue teaching ASL at several colleges and universities. During this period, I received an American Sign Language Teacher Organization (ASLTA) certification. I also was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
I have a hearing son living in Missouri. His first sign language was DOG approximately at the age of 10 months. Currently, I reside here in Las Vegas with my deaf husband, Leonard who is a Harley Davidson enthusiast/mechanic, and 2 large dogs. One of these dogs knows basic signs, such as BALL, WALK, and SLEEP.