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Congratulations to the following ASLHS members for receiving a free scholarship to attend the 2021 ASLTA Virtual Conference:

Darlene Combs, Elizabeth Robblee, Kimberley Crites, & Michelle Gachowski

Congratulations to Roxann Barrera-Coffman for earning a $500 teacher grant to purchase ASL curriculum and support her school's ASL concert event!

We LOVE supporting our ASLHS teachers.

 


Honoring ASL Students

Membership Membership Meet the Board Meet the Board Scholarships & Grants Scholarships & Grants
Competitions Competitions Honors Graduation / Honors Blog Agenda

Learn how you can play a role in spreading the news about ASL and honoring students who excel in the practice of ASL. The ASLHS recognizes the outstanding achievements of students studying ASL, and we encourage the use of the language along with lifelong learning and language enjoyment. ASL teachers at any level are eligible to establish ASLHS chapters on campus, whether they teach at a high school, community college, college, university, or Deaf schools. Additionally, all ASL students can participate in our programs.


Devin Hasty

For more information about our newsletter or about how you can brag about the great things happening in your ASL classroom

Contact Devin Hasty at aslhs.pr@aslta.org



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About Us

Since 2006, ASLHS has been a valued addition to the field of ASL education. Our primary mission is to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in ASL studies for high school and college/university students. Like honor societies for other languages, the ASLHS seeks to enrich the learning experience of those studying ASL. Some of the benefits offered by the ASL Honor Society include:

  • Awarding Honor Cords and Medals Based On Academic Achievement
  • Encouraging Service Learning Projects That Benefit the ASL Community
  • Hosting the Annual Deaf Art and ASL Literature Competitions, Featuring Cash Prizes
  • Awarding the Only National Scholarships to Students Majoring or Minoring In ASL, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, and Interpreter Education. We also offer college scholarships for Deaf students pursuing general degrees. 
  • Financially Supporting ASL Education via Grants for Teachers to Assist in Purchasing Equipment or Materials for Use in the Classroom
  • The ASL Honor Society is a program offered by ASLTA as a benefit for ASLTA membership.

Mission

To encourage and recognize high academic achievement in American Sign Language studies for middle schools, high school, Deaf schools, and college/university students. Deaf and Hearing student participants will serve as steadfast advocates of the Deaf community, encourage Deaf and hearing people to come together in unity throughout the world, and demonstrate commitment in scholarship, community service, and personal excellence.

Meet the Board

The ASLHS is fortunate to have a knowledgeable and experienced board of directors who enjoy serving. We invite you to meet our Directors.


Jessica Parker

National Coordinator - Dr. Jessica Parker

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Jessica is a CODA with 20 years of ASL teaching experience in grades K-12. She is a Principal for Family Partnership Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska, while also developing and teaching ASL classes online. She has a passion for creating an L1 curriculum for Deaf students and developing ASL Concepts. During her free time, she enjoys the great outdoors-going camping, cycling, & fishing, bringing her husky along. She is married with 3 children and stays very active by enjoying Alaska's great outdoors!
Celebrity crush: Nick Cage.

Celebrity crush: Nick Cage.
Favorite Food: Wine.
Best Memory: Dipnetting the Kenai River when the fish are running.


Stephanie Horvath

Membership Coordinator - Stephanie Horvath

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She is Deaf. She currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband, who is also deaf and is an engineering wizard, and a daughter who is KODA, who loves to spark the world. She graduated from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Go Dragons! She graduated with a Master's in Deaf Education. She has over ten years of deaf education teaching and is now teaching college-level ASL at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She is currently working on her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and hopes to elevate the awareness and needs for American Sign Language (ASL) in higher education administration and leadership. During her free time, she spends time with her family and friends and likes to explore nature in the State of Tennessee. She learns every day about the state itself. She is a beach bum and always tries to find time to visit her home state, Florida. In addition, she is a busy super mom attending her daughter's dance and gymnastic classes and supporting other mothers. Her favorite celebrity is Paul Walker. She said, "If I was in another lifetime, I would be a car racer." Her favorite food and drink are to order is pepperoni pizza and wine so she can stay in her cozy backyard to unwind with friends and family. That is her favorite thing to do on Fridays!


Sabrina Vasconcelos

Competitions Coordinator -Sabrina Vasconcelos

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Born in Brazil, Sabrina first got involved with the Deaf community while she was working towards her undergraduate in social work. She worked as a Brazilian Sign Language interpreter for five years and acquired a Master's degree in Social Work. Upon moving to America, she got two degrees from San Diego Mesa College in ASL studies and ASL/English Interpretation and held a Master's in Teaching American Sign Language from the University of Northern Colorado. She is an ASLTA certified teacher and has been teaching ASL in an all-girl school for the past six years. Most recently, Sabrina started working as an employment training specialist with DeafBlind youth and adults. She currently is part of the board of directors of the San Diego ASLTA chapter.

Favorite food: Her mom's Cozido (beef stew with vegetables)
Favorite hobby: Singing (she was a lead singer in band Brazil, in her "previous life")


Laura Miller

Scholarship Coordinator - Laura Miller

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Born in sunny Florida, and living in Alaska, Laura Beth comes with over 20 years of experience in the interpreting profession, as well as teaching ASL to grades 3 through 12 and at the university level as well. Laura will begin teaching ASL to high school students in the fall of 2022-23 school year. During her free time, Laura Beth enjoys walking, cycling, fishing, gardening, and snuggling up to a good book.

Favorite celebrity: Crom Sanders of-course!
Favorite food: Sushi
Hobbies: Reading, Sewing, Gardening


Melissa Ibanez

Graduation Coordaintor - Melissa Ibanez

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Meet Melissa Ibanez! This is her fourth year joining the ASLHS board as a Graduation Shipment Coordinator. Born in Wisconsin and moved to Texas at a young age. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Deaf Education at Gallaudet University. Melissa is currently teaching ASL 1-4 at South Texas College. She taught Deaf Ed for 10 years and part-time ASL for 5 years. Full-time teaching ASL 4 years. Melissa is also a Girl Scout Co-Leader.

Favorite celebrity: Jensen Ackles.
Favorite Food: Mexican food.
Favorite Hobby: Crafts and reading. 


Devin Hasty

Public Relations Coordinator - Devin Hasty

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Meet Devin Hasty! This is her fourth year joining the ASLHS board as a public relations coordinator. She is Deaf. Born and raised in North Carolina and currently lives in New York. She received her bachelor's degree in Human and Community Service at Lenior Rhyne University, NC, and a Master's degree in Teaching ASL in 2016 at the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently teaching K-12 at Rye Middle School in Rye, NY. Go Garnet! She enjoys traveling, spending quality time with her family and friends and decorate her home. 

Favorite celebrity: Reese Witherspoon 
Favorite Food: Taco
Favorite Hobby: Interior decorating 


Roxanne Coffman

Recruitment Coordinator - Roxann Coffman

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Meet Roxann Coffman! 



Board Member Meeting

Email aslhs@aslta.org for more information.


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Jessica Parker

For general ASLHS information

Contact Jessica Parker at aslhs@aslta.org


Have Questions? Reach out to our board.
Membership: Stephanie Horvath at aslhs.membership@aslta.org
Graduation: Melissa Ibanez at aslhs.gradship@aslta.org
Competitions: Robin Newsom-Wuertz and Sabrina Vasconcelos at aslhs.competitions2@aslta.org
Scholarships Coordinator: Laura Miller at aslhs.scholarships@aslta.org
Public Relations: Devin Hasty and Roxann Coffman at aslhs.pr@aslta.org
Any other questions: Dr. Jessica Parker, ASLHS National Coordinator at aslhs@aslta.org
HAVE PROBLEM? Please fill out thr conflict resolution form HERE

Any fiance questions: Jason Zinza at treasurer@aslta.org