About The Sign Language Academy
The Sign Language Academy consists of two former sign language interpreters who are dedicated to quality sign language education.
Our mission statement:
* To create value for our students greater than fees earned
* To go the extra mile and do more than is expected
* To go beyond satistifed students so that we may have raving fans and ambassadors of goodwill
* To leave student, parent and caregiver better when we part than when we met
* To invest my time wisely in the pursuit of personal and professional development
* To be fun, light and enjoy the value of each day and each moment
Sign 2 Me Certified Instructor
Former Sign Language Interpreter and Current ASL Instructor
Jessika first came to sign language as a child. She grew up in a small town in Northwest Georgia close to the Georgia School for the Deaf. As an elementary student, Jessika’s interest was piqued by another student who was deaf and communicated using American Sign Language.
As an adult, Jessika attended Georgia Perimeter College where she majored in Sign Language Interpreting. While attending classes she was hired by a local interpreter to baby sit for her daughter. Jessika used sign language with the baby everyday. Jessica was ecstatic the first time the baby used sign language with her. This began her love of using sign language with babies.
Since that time, Jessika has worked with other children using sign language for early communicate. Among Jessica's other awards and accolades, she recieved a superior rating on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) during her last year in college. When Jessica graduated from the Interpreting Training Program at Georgia Perimeter College, she immediately received a QA with the state of Georgia to work as a sign language interpreter.
In January 2007, Jessica was honored to be accepted as a new presenter with the Sign2Me network. After becoming a presenter, Jessica immediately passed the test to become Certified to teach with Sign2Me. Since that time, she has been spreading the word about the effectiveness of sign language for babies and anyone else who are unable to use verbal language to communicate. Jessica’s company, The Sign Language Academy specializes in teaching sign language to babies, toddlers, and children.
Jessika was recently featured on Arizona Midday with member of her sign language classes. She and the host discussed signing with babies and Jessika's upcoming book.
When Jessika is not working as a sign language interpreter or sign langauge instructor, she is a singer. Our very own Jessika is currently working on a CD of childrens songs in both English and American Sign Language. You can check out her music website: Jessika
Former Sign Language Interpreter and Current ASL Assistant
Rachele also learned sign language as a child. When her brother was little he had difficulty speaking. On one of his visits to the speech therapist, Rachele encountered a deaf child and was intrigued. She immediately learned to say hello and that was the beginning of a life time of learning. As the daughter of an award-winning and gifted educator, Rachele is instrumental in developing the curriculum for our students.
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