Instructor

Pretty HeadshotMy name is Maria Gagnon and I am a Florida native, born and raised, and currently reside in the Tampa Bay Area.

Sign language is my passion.  I was first introduced to ASL in elementary school, and re-introduced multiple times throughout my life.  While completing my undergrad in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, I took ASL 1&2 as my foreign language requirement.  It was during that time that I fell in love with the language, Deaf culture and community.

When I moved back to Florida upon completing an internship in NYC, I started an ASL Interpreting program.  I completed the first year of the program which allowed me to take ASL 1-4, fingerspelling and Deaf Culture.  Unfortunately I had to stop the program prematurely, however I realized my love for ASL, and that I wanted to make it my career.

Communication is such an important gift in life, and having the ability to communicate with gestures to your child not only enables them to communicate back, research shows it also helps them with verbal development and strengthening their cognitive skills.  

Teaching your child baby sign language is such an awesome way to bond with them, and hopefully will help alleviate some of the stresses of the language barrier that come with parenting.   I want to share my knowledge, experience and passion for sign language with as many families as I can.