Christine’s 25+ years of experience with interpreting and using American Sign Language in various educational settings, she brings lots of awareness with using sign language to promote learning and early literacy. She is graduate from the Philadelphia Community College with an Associate degree in Interpreting. She has also participated and taken several courses through Gallaudet University’s summer American Sign Language (ASL) programs over the years.
She has worked as an educational interpreter for the past 25 years, kindergarten through 12th grade including technical vocational schools. She became a nationally certified interpreter through Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and is also a certified Captionist for the Deaf from the National Technical Institute of Rochester, New York. She currently completed her training and certification with the Sign2Me Northlight Childcare Advantage Program and looks forward to teaching sign language with families and with very young children.
Virginia Flores started her teaching career training back in 2007 with taking her first American Sign Language (ASL) courses at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin. She has been learning and practicing with her ASL skills for more than ten years, and she has currently completing the Interpreter Training Program at San Antonio College in Texas. Her goals of teaching ASL to very young children, originates from as a small business owner for the last 25 years along with obtaining several certifications in the medical field, job coaching, mentoring with Deaf professionals.
Virginia has completed her certification as a Northlight Childcare Advantage (NCAP) Network Instructor and her most recent teaching experiences has been working with children who have Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, and other communicative delays. On a more personal note, she states “It’s not only important for parents of special needs children, but for very young children across all communicative abilities to benefit from using a sign language curriculum such as the Northlight Childcare Advantage Program.”