ASL Program Professors
Keri Ogrizovich, M.Ed.
ASL Program Coordinator
Courses taught: ASL I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and Understanding Deaf Culture
Keri Ogrizovich has been teaching ASL in the community since 1999 as a side job. It was not until a brief teaching stint in New York City did Keri realized she had the strong desire to return to Vermont and focus on pursuing her passion teaching ASL full time. She is a die-hard UVM-er having completed her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at UVM. In 2005, Keri was hired at UVM to become the first ASL Program Coordinator. In the spring of 2007, Keri was successfully able to convince the Arts and Science Curriculum Committee at UVM to accept ASL as a foreign language and the motion was passed by faculty members in the fall of 2007, to go in effect in the fall of 2008.
Keri is a member of the American Sign Language Teaching Association (ASLTA) and holds a Qualified Certification. In 2007, Keri became a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). On a personal note, Keri resides in Fairfax with her husband, Nick (who works on campus at Academic Support Programs), their two sons, some chickens, and Mylo, the husky. She enjoys reading books, being outdoors, and traveling internationally.
S. Lynn Bearman
Courses taught: ASL I
S. Lynn Bearman has been teaching ASL at UVM since 1994. For over 20 years she has taught various levels of ASL at the other accredited institutions: Saint Michael's College, Trinity College, Community College of Vermont, and Middlebury College. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Mechanical Engineering from Johnson State College. Prior to her career as an ASL Instructor, Lynn worked as a Facilities Engineer with IBM for 25 years before retiring in 1993.
Lynn is a member of the American Sign Language Teaching Association (ASLTA) and holds a Provisional Certification. She has a Superior rating on the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI). Other than teaching ASL, Lynn has held numerous workshops/classes on linguistics, language acquisition, sign language teaching, and Deaf Culture. Lynn resides in Shelburne, Vermont, with her husband, and has two grown sons in New York City and Boston. She enjoys gardening, cooking, knitting, crafting, traveling and camping in her spare time.
Alex Lynch, MBA
Courses taught: ASL I, ASL II, ASL III, ASL IV and Deaf History
Alex Lynch is the most recent addition to the ASL Program at UVM. Although he is a newcomer, he is no stranger to teaching, after all he has taught ASL at the University of Arizona. Preceding his teaching career, he has worked for several non-profit organizations in Boston and for the Air Force in Phoenix. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with high distinction from Northeastern University and a MBA from Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Additionally, he has studied abroad at Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. After becoming a resident in the Green Mountain State in summer of 2010, Alex is currently learning how to live like a Vermonter.
Regan Thibodeau, M.A.
Courses taught: Certified Deaf Interpreter Prep Course (summer only)
Regan Thibodeau has been studying for and working in the field of interpreting since 1998. She earned her Bachelor's degree in the Linguistics of ASL concentrated on Interpreting from USM and in 2003, became a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). From Columbia University, Regan earned her Master's degree in Teaching ASL as a Second language. Regan also participated in Colorado's DO-IT program for certification in Legal Interpreting. Currently, she works for the following agencies in Maine: Certified Interpreting , Kewl ASL, and Lutheran Social Services providing various services from DeafBlind interpreting to Educational interpreting. Regan resides in Windham, Maine with her common-law husband Jami, their two children, Averi and Sawyre, along with their dog, Zoi.
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