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Joanna T.

Witulski 219-881-8720
6269 Cleveland Street Curricula jtwitulski@gmail.com
Merrillville, IN 46410 Vitae jtwitulski.weebly.com

Education

Masters of Arts - Sign Language Education; 2014


Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

Bachelor of Arts General Studies; 2005


Focus: Anthropology and Public Service
Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana

Employment Experience

LaPorte Community Schools Corporation, LaPorte, IN; 2012-present


LaPorte High School; American Sign Language teacher
Textbook: Master ASL!, Jason Zinser; 2006

Purdue University Northwest; 2006-present


American Sign Language professor
Textbook: Signing Naturally, Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, & Ken
Mikos; 1988, 1992 & 2010 editions

Everybody Counts, Inc., Merrillville, IN; 2001-present


Deaf Services Coordinator
Counselor/Advocate

Largus Speedy Printing (now Largus Graphix)

Community ASL Experience

ASL as a Language (for ASL users); June 2011, May 2013, March 2015
Introductory class developed for local Sign Language users
Topics: history of ASL, grammar, classifiers, sentence structure, ASL
Literature, culture, language usage (deaf/hearing families, ethnic
and schooling), Deaf education and signed systems.

Everybody Counts, Inc; 2005-2010


Community ASL Classes
Textbook: Signing Naturally, Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, & Ken
Mikos; 1988

All for One Conference, Merrillville, IN; 2003

Presentations
ASL as a World Language; 5 November 2016
Workshop; Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association, Indianapolis,
IN
Co-presented: Sharon Borkowski, M.A. & Natalie Hendrix-Evans, M.A.

Building a Journey (Community Involvement); 4 November 2017


Presentation; TEDxValparaisoUniversity, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso,
IN

Introduction to ASL Literature; 19 October 2013


Workshop, Hammond Public Library, Hammond, IN

Fire Safety and Preparation; 2007


National Association of the Deaf Conference; Philadelphia, PA

American Sign Language; 2008


Presentation, Purdue University North Central, Westville, IN

Conferences Attended

American Sign Language Teachers Association


28 June 2 July 2017; Salt Lake City, Utah
27-30 June 2015; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Topics: Feedback, program development, literacy, curriculum

Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association; Indianapolis, IN


5 November 2016; as an attendee and presenter
7 November 2015
Topics: Assessments, Classroom Activities,

Willard American Sign Language Teachers Association


Shareshops; October 2016, February 2017
15-16 September 2016; Presenter Miako Rankin
Conference; 2011
Topics: Linguistics, Depiction, ASL Literature, and Technology

Indiana Deaf Educators and Education Interpreters Conference,


Indianapolis, IN; 2006-2011, 2015
Workshop Topics: ASL grammar, fingerspelling, noun-verb pairs,
language acquisition, classifiers (depiction), literacy and
educational interpreting

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Chicago, IL; 2010


Topics: Literacy, Academic performances, Technology, Language
Acquisition
National Association of the Deaf; 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Topics: World Federation of the Deaf, Deaf culture, Employment,
Community Resources, and Advocacy

Community Service
2017
Joanna T. Witulski 219-881-8720
6269 Cleveland Street Curricula jtwitulski@gmail.com
Merrillville, IN 46410 Vitae jtwitulski.weebly.com

Northwest Indiana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community (organization);


2012-present
Northwest Indiana Deaf Festival; 2011-present
Signing Kids of Northwest Indiana; 2007-present
Webmaster & E-News; 2003-present

Purdue University Northwest (former Purdue U. North Central) ASL Club;


2006-present
ASL Coffeehouses; Valparaiso, IN; Spring 2007-present
Silent Tea, Game Nights and other events; moderator/presenter;
2006-present
Let Your Stars Shine Childrens Program; Summers 2008 & 2009

Willard American Sign Language Teachers Association


By-Laws; 2016-2017
Shareshop (Professional Development), coordinator/moderator;
2016-present

E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool, Cedar Lake, IN; 2010-2014


ASL/Bimodal Preschool for ages 3-5; for deaf and hearing ASL
children, founder

ASL Story Times;


Merrillville and Valparaiso, IN; 2007-2011
Highland, IN; 2011-2013

Eye on Safety Project; 2006-2012


Flashing Fire and Carbon Monoxide equipment distribution
Film production; script development and ASL/English translation;
2006, 2009-2011

Merrillville Parks Department, Arbor Day; 2008

ASL Volunteer

English to ASL Translation (also ASL to English)


Purdue University North Central; one-on-one academic translation
with deaf student
Eye on Safety Project
Sign of Music
Organization Membership/Offices holding or held

Indiana Association of the Deaf; 2003-present


Board of Directors
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf; 2001-2013
National Association of the Deaf; 2003-2012
American Sign Language Teachers Association; 2008-2010; 2014-present
Willard American Sign Language Teachers Association; 2012-present
Vice President
Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association; 2015-present
Northwest Indiana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community; 2013-present
Chair
Northwest Indiana Deaf Club (defunct); 1998-2012
President, Secretary, Board of Directors

2017