Workshop Description: One of the best ways for interpreters to build their use and recognition of classifiers is through instruction and integration. Incorporating into the interpreter's present sign vocabulary will aid in the ability to recall and apply their use more accurately. A Classifier is a feature of American Sign Language that utilizes handshape(s) to convey or reflect particular characteristics in the signed message. Greater mastery of this skill enables interpreters to convey clearer and more fluid messages.
Teaching undergraduate ASL courses since 2004, Beverly Woodel is member of the faculty at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., where she teaches ASL. She currently holds Provisional Certification through the national American Sign Language Teachers’ Association (ASLTA). She holds a Master’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Sign Language Teaching and a Bachelor’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Physical Education.
From a Deaf family, Woodel was raised in Morganton, N.C., where she attended North Carolina School for the Deaf, as did many generations of her family.
During her leisure time, she enjoys quality time with family, assisting her mother when needed, and spending time with her Deaf husband and her two hearing children. When Beverly and her family are not out enjoying the lake on their jet skis or taking out the pontoon boat, she enjoys participating in cross-fit training classes and competition. Beverly and her family currently reside in Morganton, N.C.
Donnie E. Dove, Jr., M.A., CDI
Donnie E. Dove, Jr. is a Deaf native signer and an active member of the Deaf community in Charlotte, NC. He attended Gallaudet University and earned a Bachelor’s in Recreational Studies. Later, he earned a Master’s in Student Development from American University. Donnie is currently supporting the ASL Lab and teaches classes along with the faculty members of the ASL and Interpreter Education Department at Central Piedmont Community College. Donnie is a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) through the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and is very active in the Interpreting community. With his wife, Alana, he also owns Creative Consultations, Inc. (www.creativeconsultations.net), a consulting company that provides training, coaching, consulting, and interpreting services.