CRT Staff

Jeanne Reis

MEd, CI and CT, Director and ASL Clear Project Director
jeanne_reis@tlcdeaf.org

Jeanne Reis is the director of CRT and principal investigator and developer of the ASL Clear project. She believes passionately in fostering exciting and engaged learning experiences in ASL with deaf students by weaving together rich language immersion, active learning experiences, novel and fun resources, classroom instruction, and assessment. As CRT director, she serves as Principal Investigator on two NSF-funded research projects; oversees consultancies with schools, districts, and states on effective bilingual instruction and assessment practices; and works with many amazing partners to build better resources and tools for bilingual education. For 15 years, Jeanne has translated standardized tests into ASL with teams of Deaf subject matter experts, and with her team at CRT, now contracts with assessment consortia and state departments of education to provide this service. She served as a core member of the research and publication team in the Guidelines for Accessible Assessments Project, an 18-state, multi-year research and coalition effort funded by The U.S. Department of Education. As the developer of ASL Clear, Jeanne partners with a nationwide team of educators and STEM professionals to develop new content, offers professional development workshops, and conducts research. Jeanne is the daughter of Deaf parents. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University, a BA in Linguistics from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master Mentor Certificate from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Chris Chapman

Technical Manager
chris_chapman@tlcdeaf.org

Chris serves as the lead developer, system administrator and application architect for CRT's web applications, with a focus on modernization, mobile compatibility, accessibility, and performance. These apps include ASL Assessment Instrument (ASLAI), concept learning resource (ASL CLEAR), the linguistic encoding application (Coder), the STEM search tool, and the STEM vetting tool (VET). He has a Master's degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College at Columbia University and is currently learning ASL.

Paul Uncangco

Full Stack Developer
paul_uncangco@tlcdeaf.org

Paul was originally born on the island of Guam. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in with a Bachelor of Science in Web and Mobile Application Development. He works on two web applications — ASL Assessment Instrument (ASLAI), and ASL Clear.

CRT Experts, Consultants, and Collaborators

Rachel Boll

CRT Co-Director rachel_boll@tlcdeaf.org
Rachel Boll is the Co-Director of the Center for Research and Training at The Learning Center for the Deaf. In that role, she engages with collaborators nationwide to conduct research; engages with schools to provide the ASLAI, a standardized ASL language arts assessment entirely in ASL; works with teams to translate state standardized tests into ASL; provides high quality professional development; and creates novel and engaging ASL resources for deaf students in preK-12. Rachel is a nationally certified (CDI) American Sign Language Interpreter. She was awarded a Provisional Level Certification by the ASL Teaching Association (ASLTA), and a high scorer on the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). She has worked as a Teacher of the Deaf in K-12 settings, university ASL instructor, freelance interpreter, consultant, and research assistant. Rachel has served as a mentor to numerous interpreters and teachers of the deaf throughout her professional career, and has rich experience in administering test assessments and screenings for interpreters. She is trained as a rater for MCDHH’s Deaf and Hearing Interpreter Interview/Performance Exam. She is also an approved attester for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, for whom she is responsible for evaluating and providing feedback to candidates seeking Provisional Deaf Interpreter Credentials. She is currently a test administrator for the Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpreters and for the EIPA through Boys Town. Boll received her B.A in Elementary Education and M.A. in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University.

Jonah Meehan

Video Production Coordinator jonah_meehan@tlcdeaf.org
Jonah Meehan is the Video Production Coordinator of Center for Research and Training (CRT). Filmmaking is a lifelong passion for Jonah and it is this passion that has had driven him to graduate from Gallaudet University in 2011 with a self-directed B.A. in Film and Scriptwriting. After his graduation, he went onto working for ASLFilms Company where he was involved in three feature-length film productions titled, respectively, "Versa Effect" , "Slot", and "In the Can" as Assistant Director, Screenwriter, and Actor. After his memorable stint at the ASLFilms Company, he became a freelance filmmaker where he worked on several independent film productions as Director and Screenwriter, including a research training film called "Sign Here — How to Conduct Informed Consent With Deaf Research Participants", and "Signs of Safety", a 12-episode webseries dealing in trauma such as substance abuse and domestic abuse for deaf people. Both films were produced by DeafYES Center for Deaf Empowerment and Recovery at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Jonah is also the Associate Producer of "Bilingual-Bicultural Movement at The Learning Center for the Deaf", a documentary film that dissected the birth of the Bilingual-Bicultural Movement at The Learning Center for the Deaf and its prominent figures such as Marie Philip, Ben Bahan, Anita Small, Warren Schwab, Mike Bello, et al. Jonah Meehan is a 2006 graduate of The Learning Center for the Deaf and he is also a Deaf heritage signer of ASL.

Bilingual Deaf Education Consultation-ASL and ELA

Kristin Di Perri, EdD

Todd Czubek, PhD, NAD IV

Bilingual Deaf Education Consultation-STEM

Jeanne Reis, MEd, CIT, CT, MMP

Chris Kurz, PhD

Manny Hernandez

The ASL Clear team ecosystem

Interpreter Training and Mentorship

Jeanne Reis, MEd, CIT and CT, MMP

Amy Williamson, MA, CIT, CT, SC:L

Andrew R. Bottoms, MS

Bruce Bucci, EdS

Patrick Rosenberg, MEd

Patrick Costello, MEd, EdS

Test Translation

Jeanne Reis, MEd, CIT and CT, MMP

Barbara Spiecker, MS

Mandy Houghton, BS

Bruce Bucci, EdS

Stacy Eilbert, MEd

Charlie Ainsworth, BA

Patrick Costello, MEd. EdS

Lorne Farvoritch, MS

Larwan Berke, BS

American Sign Language Assessment Instrument (ASLAI)

Bob Hoffmeister, PhD

Jeanne Reis, MEd, CIT and CT, MMP

Jon Henner, EdD

Mandy Houghton, BS

Deaf Education Research-Collaborators

Jonathan Henner, EdD
Assistant Professor Professions in Deafness; Department of Specialized Education Services, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

 

Christopher Kurz, PhD
Associate Professor Master of Science in Secondary Education and Director, DEAF Math and Science Language and Learning Lab (DMS-L3) NTID @ RIT

 

Amy Lieberman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, Boston University

 

Erin T. Solovey, PhD
Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the College of Computing & Informatics and Director of the Advanced Interaction Research (AIR) Lab, WPI

Organization and University Collaborations

Boston University

Drexel University

RIT/NTID

Northeastern University

University of North Carolina Greensboro

 

Boston Children’s Hospital Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Discovery Museums

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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