•  

                American Sign Language Instructor  
                             --Deanne Bray, M.A.--
      family                           
                              Phone:  818-483-0411 (videophone)
                              Email: dbray@opusd.org 
     
     
    Degrees and Certifications:
    • Ventura County Office of Education- Induction Program (Credential cleared and locked) - May 2018
    • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages member since 2017
    • California State Teaching Credential (Single Subject)- California State University, Northridge, August 2016 
    • Deaf Women United member (2016)
    • California Association of the Deaf (founded in 1906)-Secretary (2015-2019)
    • American Sign Language Honor Society sponsor for Oak Park High since 2014
    • Signing Naturally Curriculum Units 1 - 12 (2008 and 2014) 36 hours of training. (2013-2014)
    • American Sign Language Teachers Association member since 2013
    • M.A. in Sign Language Education (Linguistics)- Gallaudet University (2013)
    • Los Angeles City Hall Award received in increasing Deaf Awareness-2011
    • Woman of the Year from Arizona Association of the Deaf-2012
    • Best Teacher of the Year from Sequoia School for the Deaf-2012
    • Best Teacher of the Year recognized by East Los Angeles District of LAUSD--1999
    • B.A. in Biology- California State University, Northridge

    Career experiences

    1999-2002 Teacher working with Deaf children using Bilingual Education philosophy (ASL/English prints for reading & writing)  
    1991-2018 (still developing ongoing projects) 
     
    • 2002-2005  Actress Starred in own television show, Sue Thomas: FBEye 
    • 2007  Actress  With Larry David, Curb your Enthusiasm
    • 2008-2010 Actress  9 episodes in 4th season, Heroes
    • 2018 (July 14 to Sept 30) Actress Fountain Theatre Production, Arrival and Departure
    •     For more acting information, look in IMDB if you are curious.
    • 2013 to current Teacher as a General Educator with all 9th to 12th grade *WL students using 85% to 90% target language (American Sign Language), 15% to 10% English Prints, and 0% Spoken Language.
     
    *L2 (or WL) means individuals learning a language as their second or third language  (WL means World Language)

     
    A note to reader:
     
    I was born deaf and I came from a hearing family.  When I was 2 years old, my parents discovered how the Deaf community uses American Sign Language to communicate at a deeper level. They decided to rely on the Deaf community to give me the gift of American Sign Language and to learn about my identity as a Deaf person during the critical period of language development as a child.  My family and I had our own journey as a Deaf child.  As a result, I had the best of both worlds by becoming a fluent signer and by learning spoken language as well.  Currently, ASL is my primary language and English is my second language by choice.
     
    I studied Linguistics in ASL and language teaching applying for both Heritage Language and World Language at Gallaudet University (the only signing University in the world in Washington, D.C., which was first approved by Abraham Lincoln and it was established in 1864).  I earned my masters degree in Sign Language Education in July 2013.  Fortunately, an ASL teaching position at OPHS landed on my lap the following month.  I am very current, involved, and an active member of the Deaf community.  As a passionate educator in preserving the language and continuing to bring high quality to language teaching, I create a signing environment with 100% total immersion of using American Sign Language.
    I also shed light on perspectives about Deaf culture and Deaf people.  I continue to find that working with WL students (students learning a language as their 2nd or 3rd language) is absolutely an amazing progress and rewarding.  I have learned from students every year in their process of language learning and curiosity of the politics within the communities between hearing and Deaf communities.
     

    I started working for Oak Park High School since August 2013.  Proudly looking back, over the past successful and effective years, students went on a field trip to see a DeafWest Production, "Flowers for Algernon,"  performed by Deaf and hearing actors delivering in both ASL and Spoken English. A few went to Deafnation in Pomona to do volunteer work with my supervision of students interacting with signers.  I invited Deaf guests to OPHS for the students to create opportunities for interactive skills development by having students create questions/comments for our visitors.  ASL 3 provided ASL Storytime once a month at a local library for opportunities to increase ASL and Deaf Culture awareness to the community.  And many more.  Photos of different events are posted below. 

    So far, we had a total of 16 guest speakers who were native signers and native-like signers come to visit OPHS. Students had the opportunity to develop their interactive skills with a greeting, question/comments prepared and improv, and a closure with our guest speakers.
    The following ASL guest speakers who came were:
     
    Troy Kotsur (Deaf, storyteller and director)
    Amber Zion (Superbowl signer in 2013)
    Marlee Matlin (Deaf, Oscar winning actress)
    Jack Jason (CODA, Marlee's manager and interpreter)
    Matt Daigle (Deaf, Deaf and Blind cartoonist)
    Kay Daigle (Hearing, writer)
    Lisa Hermatz (Deaf, ASL teacher/song translator)
    DJ Kurs (Deaf, Artistic Director of DeafWest Theatre)
    Howie Seago (Deaf, actor from Star Trek and Beyond Silence movie shown in class)
    Beverly Nero (Hearing, producer, knows ASL)
    John Maucere (Deaf, performer and Superbowl signer in 2012)
    Ryan Lane (Deaf, actor from Switched at Birth)
    Amanda Richer (Deaf, actress from Canada)
    Joel Barish (Deaf, CEO of DeafNation)
    Tia Barish (Deaf, Korean)
    Allisun Kale (Hearing, Interpreter and professor at CSUN's interpreting program)
    Kristie (Gallaudet University recruiter) 
    Terrylene Sachetti (Deaf Educator/actress, OPHS's first ASL Honor Society Keynote Speaker)
    John Maucere (Deaf performer, OPHS's ASL Honor Society Keynote Speaker)
    Joe Dannis (CEO of DawnSignPress company)
    Charles Katz (ASL master of Our Town, ASL teacher)
     
     
     troy marlee cartoon
    Troy Kotsur                     Marlee Matlin, Jack Jason                           Deaf/Blind
    storyteller/director            with OPHS Principal, Kevin Buchanan      Cartoonist
     
    marlee with student
    Emma Sugar and Peyton Keiling signing with Marlee Matlin
     
     austin
    Kay and Matt Daigle (Deaf cartoonist, That Deaf Guy) with Austin Roundy
     
     amber
      Superbowl signer (2014) and actress, Amber Zion

    john

    John Maucere, No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie actor and entertainer.
     
    dj an howie  
     
     DJ Kurs (DeafWest Theatre Artistic Director) and Howie Seago (actor from Beyond Silence)
    Charles Katz
    Charles Katz-
    Deaf ASL Master of Our Town at Pasadena Playhouse
     
     

    Outside of the Classroom and involved with the community (Real-World experience)
     
    Students also served community hours by reading children books to deaf children through ASL and Spoken English at Barnes and Nobles and at the Oak Park Library.  (Along with prepping with Ms. Bray's training of the Shared Reading Project's philosophy in reading with Deaf children who uses ASL).  This was an opportunity to give back to the Deaf community and to make use of the language outside of the classroom.  We had ASL Storytime once a month.  This counted the hours towards the American Sign Language Honor Society for those who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.  One of the philosophies I practice in language teaching is the Interactive Approach, which I have seen students grow significantly in internalizing the language as the years progress and according to research, Interactive Approach has shown to be one of the effective ways. 
     
    "Learning to sign without interacting with signers is like learning to swim without water."  -- Bill Vicars
     
    2013  ASL Storytime interact its ok One Busy Day
     Alexandra Brewer, Austin Roundy, Mackenzie Johnson, Blake Fine, Mayaan Bahalul, Carly Albert, Hillary and Kelli Lewis.

    Students can choose to join me to go to on non mandatory Deaf events that takes place in the Deaf community throughout the year.  I write events on the board for students to be aware in what is happening the Deaf community.

    With a one-page reflection paper of their experience and photos/videos of the event with themselves with signers they meet at the event (with student in the photo/video), students will get only 15-30 points for extra credit.  This is not about the grade, it is about ASL immersion and opportunities to become a better signer, which is by interacting and having more experiences with different signers. 
    csun run a thon  farm
    CSUN 5K Sign-and-Run.                                                                    Michael Borenstein at Gentle Farm
    OPHS senior, Derek Townsley received a medal.                       

    deafnation dwt

    Blake Fine and Mackenzie Johnson at DeafNation          Flowers for Algernon field trip at DeafWest Theater.
        with actor Daniel Durant and chef Kurt Ramborger                Ariana signing her name to get her ticket.
     
     
     
    ASL 3
    ASL 3 students went to the Pasadena Playhouse to see "Our Town"
    with Deaf and Hearing actors seeing ASL on stage.
     
    ASL Club 2017-2018
     
    President - Sophia Soliday shows the sign for Halloween before playing games
    Vice President - Danielle Shakib shows the sign for witch before playing games
    Secretary - Eden Forman
    Treasurer - Emily Glickstein
    Historian - Malavika Rankit
    Community-at-large - Anjulena Bagga and Dylan Rodgers
     
    Board of officers of ASL Club
    club
    club 2
     
    ASL Bingo Night
    asl bingo
     
     
    Like any subject, the more students commit to participating and interacting, they will more likely improve.  There are evidences of language learning development occurring in and out of the classroom that will significantly help fluency and confidence in expressing in ASL and in perceiving or "reading" ASL.  Opportunities provided can have an impact on students' grades by how the signing environment is developed during class instruction/interaction.
     
    Good news: 
    ASL 3 has been approved for 2017-2018 school year and over the summer, I submitted another class for the UC system to approve ASL Honors.
    An ASL Honors class is similar to ASL 3 but the course will be more rigorous than ASL 3 (CP).
    As of August 8, 2018, OPHS's ASL Honors has been approved from the UC system for credit.

    I am looking forward to cover Deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) and to provide perspectives from myths to reality so that the students can have a general and better understanding about Deaf people and their natural language.

    I look forward to another successful year in guiding students to possibly become life long solidarities of the Deaf community.
     

    Deanne Bray