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Name Signs (.2 PS CEUs)

  • Charlotte Regional Center 5501 Executive Center Drive, Suite 104 Charlotte, NC, 28212 United States (map)

Workshop Description:  Did you know that there are rules regarding the development of name signs?  Join us as Beverly Woodel teaches us the ASL rules behind name signs, including descriptive and abstract name signs.  We will also discuss how and by whom name signs can be given.  We want you to be able to recognize appropriate and inappropriate names signs, to know how to approach someone who might have an inappropriate name sign, and to know the appropriate way to go about getting your name sign changed if it doesn’t follow ASL rules



Beverly Woodel, MA Faculty, ASL Interpreter Education CPCC


Teaching undergraduate ASL courses since 2004, Mrs. Woodel is member of the faculty at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, where she teaches American Sign Language courses. She currently holds Provisional Certification through the national American Sign Language Teachers’ Association (ASLTA). In addition to teaching, currently Beverly serves as the Coordinator of the ASL Curriculum Project, a Department effort to upgrade and realign the ASL curriculum with a focus on student learning outcomes. She holds a Master’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Sign Language Teaching and a Bachelor’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Physical Education.


Mrs. Woodel is the current President of the North Carolina American Sign Language Teachers Association (NCASLTA). She also is a member of the Board of the North Carolina School for the Deaf Historical Museum. Since 1996, she has served as a Sign Language Proficiency Interview: ASL (SLPI:ASL) interviewer and evaluator under the NCASLTA. In the past, Beverly served on the Advisory Board of the Western Piedmont Community College Interpreter Education Program.


From a Deaf  family, Mrs. Woodel was raised in Morganton, NC, where she attended North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD), as did many generations of her family. She led her NCSD high school basketball team to the Mason Dixon Championship in the Southeastern Regional Tournament and was named Most Valuable Player. In 1986, she went on to represent NCSD at the US National Basketball Championship for the Deaf and was also named Player of Year.


During her leisure time, she enjoys quality time with family, assisting her parents when needed and spending time with her Deaf husband and her two hearing children. When Beverly and her family are not out on the lake enjoying their jet skis or their pontoon boat, Beverly enjoys watching her son’s athletic games, participating in cross-fit training classes and playing softball for the Deaf women’s team. Beverly and her family currently reside in Morganton, NC.


Courses Mrs. Woodel teaches include: ASL 111/181 (Beginning ASL 1), ASL 112 (Beginning ASL II), ASL 211 (Intermediate ASL 1), ASL 212 (Intermediate ASL II), ASL 221 (Advanced ASL I), ASL 222 (Advanced ASL II), ASL 253 (Non-Manual Markers), and ASL 112 (Comparative Cultures).