Karen DeNaples

Senior Lecturer of Sign Language


M.S.Ed. – Deaf Education, University of Rochester
B.S. – Biology – Rochester Institute of Technology
American Sign Language Teacher Certification – Qualified Level

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • American Sign Language
  • Deaf culture
  • ASL Literature

Personal Statement

Taught preschool to high school deaf children for several years. Worked with hearing parents of deaf children in their homes giving them guidance and support and teaching them about Deaf culture and ASL. Has taught ASL, Deaf Culture and ASL/Deaf literature here at UNCG since 2007. As a faculty member, my goal is to share my knowledge and experiences as a culturally Deaf individual with my students so that they will gain an appreciation and understanding of the values, behavior norms and expectations of the Deaf community and its language.

Selected Professional Achievements

UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Anna Marie Gove Award – 2015
School of Education Faculty Teaching Excellence Award – 2014
UNCG Chapter of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award – 2012
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