Debbie is able to effectively train an intergenerational and – most times – a large class. For her students, old or young who have experienced various hearing losses that causes them to be caught between the world of hearing and deaf, her method of teaching meets their needs. Additionally, the diverse class setting gives a support system to those who are experiencing a hearing loss. Plus, each student leaves the weekly class with receptive and expressive ASL skills. They are ready to communicate with a Deaf person in their community.
As an American Sign Language (ASL) certified Content Expert trainer, she is a frequent seminar speaker and has been recognized as the ASL Trainer for The Program of Infant Toddler Caregivers granted by the MN Child Care Resources & Referral Network. She was invited to speak at the 2003 conference of MENSA, an organization with members whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population.
She is an active trainer for several child care organizations such as Think Small , Child Care Aware and MnAEYC. Her teaching experiences with deaf and hearing children, nationally and internationally, had made her an expert in the American Sign Language.