American Sign Language

Teachers Association


Board of Directors ...

William (Bo) Clements
Vice President
... Rose Adams
Beverly (Bev) Stokem
... Cindi Jacobs
Newsletter/Media Editor
... Renee Geary
Marika Robinson
... Open
Past President
... Reinaldo (Rey) J Vega

Bios of Board Members...

William (Bo) Clements, M.S. As current president of the Florida ASL Teachers Association, Bo holds ASLTA Professional level certification. He has taught ASL studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa Bay as an "ASL Signologist" - (joke) - for almost 19 years. Bo is a graduate of Gallaudet University with a B.A. degree and also holds an M.S. degree from Florida State University. He is active in the Tampa Bay Deaf Community, and presents workshops at local businesses, such as Chase Corporate - Banks, to eduate their employees about Deaf Culture and how best to communicate with their Deaf and Hard of Hearing co-workers and customers via ASL. Bo loves Modern Art, collecting tiki figures, going to the beach, and traveling. He recently adopted a DODA (Dog of Deaf Adults): golden retriever - Ryley. Ryley already knows 15+ signs at the age of 5 months!

Rose Adams, M.A. Rose Adams was born Deaf to hearing parents. She has a Deaf brother who is a year older than her. She was mainstreamed throughout her education without an interpreter. She graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a BA in Psychology. She went on to Graduate school at FAU for her Master's in Counseling. During this time, she was asked to teach at Indian River State College in 1991. A few years later, she was asked to establish an ASL program at a Magnet school in Fort Pierce called "Lincoln Park Academy High School". She began teaching there in 1996. In 2002, she transferred from Indian River Community College to Palm Beach State College. In 2005, a new high school was built in Loxahatchee called "Seminole Ridge Community High School". Rose also has an education degree for DHH K-12 and has been teaching elementary school children during the summer since 2007. In February of 2008, Rose was awarded the FASLTA Distinguished Service Award. She has taught at both college and high school levels. In 2013, she received her endorsement in teaching ASL. Rose will be attending UNC (University of Northern Colorado) for her Master's in Teaching ASL.

Rose was nominated by the FASLTA Board to be the Treasurer from 1996 to 2002. She held this position for 12 years when she was forced to resign due to family.

She is looking forward to the next two years as FASLTA Vice President!!

Beverly (Bev) Stokem, A.A., CI/CT Currently the only hearing person on the FASLTA Board, Bev was born and raised in New England, although she graduated from high school in Grants, NM, and met her husband of 45 years at a Bible college in NJ. Bev and Wayne have lived in Lakeland for over 30 years, where Wayne pastors a church that meets in their home. They have two grown children, 6 grandchildren, and a Balinese cat named "Baby".

The first Deaf person Bev ever encountered was the cook for a Russian Baptist church camp in Ashford, CT. Bev was in her 20's when they met. Julia was born in Germany, was raised in Russia, and could read lips in German, Russian and English. She knew ASL, and people could understand her, whether or not they know ANY signs! Julia and Bev became close friends, and Bev vowed that she would take a formal Sign Language class someday. That happened when they moved to Florida in the early 1980's. As a working mother, Bev continued her education, one class a semester, at Polk Sate College, also taking ASL-related classes from HCC, Flagler, VCC and USF. She finally received her AA Degree at the age of 59! Becoming nationally certified by RID (CT) in 2003, Bev added CI certification in 2005. In the summer of 2011 ASLTA awarded her Professional Level Certification as an ASL instructor.

Bev has taught ASL for over 20 years, first for South Florida Community College in Avon Park, then as adjunct for USF Lakeland Campus, and finally for Polk State College. Although she set up the ASL classes for PSC and was 'grandfathered in' because of her Certification, Bev was bothered by the fact that Deaf persons without Masters Degrees who wanted to teach ASL were being turned down by celleges, while she continued to teach only on the merits of her ASLTA certification. Soon after PSC finally hired a Deaf ASL instructor, Bev decided to step down in hopes that the college would offer that Deaf teacher a full-time position. Bev has also created an ancillary tool for ASL vocabulary review, the "Sign Master Game," published by Sign Media Inc. in 2010. She has held membership in NAD, FAD, RID, FRID, ASLTA and FASLTA for 20 years, as well as AADB and FDBA, and she served as FRID newsletter editor from 1995-97, then as FRID Secretary from 2001-05.

Since she is semi-retired now with a bit more time on her hands, Bev is thrilled to give back to FASLTA by serving as secretary. She looks forward to collaborating with the rest of her esteemed colleagues on the Board.

Cindi Jacobs, B.A. was introduced to sign language when she was 18 years old in high school inclusion (SEE). She has taught sign language classes for over 35 years. Varied places - Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association, Boston Language Institution, Lesley University (with credits), Adult Education under school department and private tutoring. Cindi was adjunct instructor at Palm Beach State College. She earned her B.A. of Psychology from Cambridge College on January 1995. Cindi worked at Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Allston, Mass as teacher aide for 19 years, taught deaf studies to middle school students for several years. Plus storytelling to elementary children from the children's book -- (SRP) Shared Reading Project with parents of deaf children. Played an actress "Grandmother for The Napping House" for DVD. After retiring, Cindi continues working as a substitute teacher in Palm Beach County. She served as Chairperson membership for (FAD) Florida Association membership from 2009-2013, and currently as Treasurer of FASLTA since February 2013. She ran FINGO games on first Saturday monthly at (PBCAD) Palm Beach County Association of the Deaf in Lake Worth, FL for 8 years.

Renee Geary, M.Ed, M.S Renee is in her 21st year of teaching and has taught at FSDB, The Learning Center for Deaf, and Preparatory School at the National Deaf Academy (NDA). She has taught Photography, Reading/Literature, Earth Science, Deaf Studies, Life Skills, elementary academic courses and other electives. Currently Renee is in her third year of teaching ASL at Hagerty High School. She also has taught ASL at Flagler College, The Learning Center for Deaf, and NDA. Furthermore, she was ASL Coordinator at NDA. Renee holds two Masters Degrees, one in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and one in Educational Technology from Gallaudet University. Prior to her graduate studies, Renee received her BA Degree from Gallaudet University, where she majored in T.V., Film and Photography and minored in Communication Arts. Renee has her Florida certifications for Hearing Impaired K-12, Educational Media Technology Pre-K-12, as well has her ASL Endorsement. She is working on obtaining ASLTA certification. Renee enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Reinaldo (Rey) J. Vega, M.Ed Rey was born in Florida and lived mainly in West Palm Beach all of his life. He is profoundly deaf and attended public mainstreamed schools with a Deaf/HH Program. Rey has a Master's Degree in Special Education-Deaf Education from UNF along with Florida Educator's Certificates in Mathematics 6-12 and Hearing Impaired K-12 with a K-12 ASL endorsement. He obtained his RID-CDI in February, 2006 and his FLA ASL Endorsement in August, 2007. He also achieved American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) Professional-level certification in the summer of 2011.

Rey has been teaching the Deaf/Hard of Hearing for over 13 years, the majority of which was in public high schools in Osceola and Palm Beach Counties. In addition, he has taught ASL adult community Level 1-2 classes part-time over two years; ASL 1-4, both part-time and full-time in three high schools for 3.5 years overall. Currently, he has been teaching ASL classes at Palm Beach State College for several years as adjunct, ASL and Deaf Studies classes at Miami-Dade College as adjunct for over 4 years, and ASL classes at Indian River State College for over 3 years.

Rey has held membership in Palm Beach County Association of the Deaf (PBCAD), FAD, NAD, FASLTA, ASLTA, FRID and RID for over 10 years. He was a former Florida Association of the Deaf (FAD) Member-at-Large for 2 terms (4 years) and Secretary for one term (2 years). He completed his two-year term as 2nd Vice President of Florida Registry Interpreters for the Deaf (FRID) in October, 2013. He was Vice-President for 3 terms (6 years) and President for the first 9 months in 2015 of Florida American Sign Language Teachers Association (FASLTA).




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