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Eric Reed, M.Ed.

A native ASL signer and born deaf, originally from Oklahoma City, OK, Mr. Reed received his BS in Deaf Education K-12 from the University of Tulsa in 1996 and M.Ed in Special Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood from Lewis & Clark College in 1997. Since then, he worked as  an ASL Specialist/Pre-School Teacher/Early Interventionist in various of education settings: home-visits, elementary, middle, and high schools in Hillsboro, OR for six years. He has had the pleasure of working with families with Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and their siblings. In 2002, he left the public school district to teach ASL/Deaf Culture with hearing students at the college level. He became ASL Program Chair at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR for many years. From there, he became fascinated in teaching within an learning management system. He has taught in-person, hybrid, and online courses on all levels of ASL. He is currently teaching ASL at his alma mater – University of Tulsa.


Eric is married to his wife Jolene who also works as ASL Specialist at Oklahoma School for the Deaf, and has one older step son (age 23) and twins (ages 13 and 13 and don’t worry I had a great sneaker shoes to catch them separately since they were born…whew!!). He loves spending time with his family on RV trips, camping, kayaking, SUP boarding, and shopping at any old farm vintages. We have two Great Danes, one of which is Deaf, and a cat and they all are very mellow everywhere on our farm land. During his spare time, Mr. Reed plays disc golf and has his own gym in the garage (usually in the mornings for workout before their kids wake up for school).


Fun facts about Mr. Reed:

  • Volunteer monthly for Early Learning Works’ Family Literacy with Deaf/Hard of Hearing toddlers for book reading and storytelling
  • Every year in December, volunteer as “Grinch” for Children’s Holiday Party
  • During the summer, volunteer TSHA’s Children’s Summer Camp

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