University of Vermont

American Sign Language Course Professors at The University of Vermont

ASL Program Lecturers 

    Keri Ogrizovich, M.Ed.

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 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 Professional Certification. In 2007, Keri became a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). 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 LynchAlex 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.




Regan Thibodeau

Shannon M. Fitzgerald, M.A.

Courses taught: ASL 001 and ASL 002

 Shannon is originally from New York State, having grown up in Syracuse.  She attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  She then went on to further her education and received a Master's Degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University in 2008.  Shannon holds a Professional Certification in grades 1st-6th and a Provisional Certification in Deaf Education grades K-12th from New York State.  Her teaching experiences as a Teacher of the Deaf has been in the Deaf Schools and at her last job, she worked in an agency that provided services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in the community.  Shannon moved to Vermont in the fall of 2012 and loves the beautiful mountain views.  She originally joined the ASL Team first as a Teacher’s Assistant for the fall semester and then in spring of 2013, she became an Adjunct Lecturer.  Currently Shannon is working obtaining her ASLTA Provisional Certification.

Kevin Richmond

Kevin Richmond, M.S.

Courses taught: ASL 001, ASL 002, ASL 003

Kevin Richmond is an ASL instructor at the University of Vermont since spring, 2013.  He received his Masters of Science in Secondary Education for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing; earned at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)/ National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).   After more than a year in Northern Vermont, he has slowly learned to be a Vermonter and truly enjoys teaching ASL and educating people on Deaf Culture and Deaf needs. Kevin is also an Educational Surrogate for the Department of Children and Families whom he has assisted positively in getting Deaf children in a Language Rich Environment and is a strong Deaf advocate for Deaf children. In addition to advocating for Deaf children, he is also learning to be a Deaf-Blind advocator.  Kevin is also determined and continuing to positively influence the communities in the State of Vermont on Deaf Awareness.

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