Lausanne Teacher Making A Difference Through Her Use Of Sign Language
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Lausanne Teacher Making A Difference Through Her Use Of Sign Language

Special Education is a passion of Dr. Luanne Sailors, Lausanne's Lower School learning specialist for the second through fourth grade. Although she's been teaching for over ten years, when she saw the chance to teach others in a new and unique way, she jumped right in.

"Teaching and helping others is my love," Dr. Sailors explained. "Working with students who have diverse learning needs is something I have always enjoyed learning more about. Taking new strategies that work for today's students is something I am passionate about." 

Having grown up in a home with two deaf parents, she learned sign language to communicate with her parents alongside learning how to speak English. She began signing to communicate with her parents at the age of six months.

"Growing up with both parents being deaf was normal to me," she shared. "As I grew up I realized it was unique and I began to adapt in both the deaf and hearing world."

Her passion for sign language and special education led her to the University of Memphis where she received her bachelors of science in education. She went on to earn her master's degree at Walden University before getting her doctorate in special education at the University of Memphis. 

The accessibility of social media paired with a desire to share her passion and utilize her tools as a teacher gave her an idea to use those online tools to teach others to sign. 

After launching videos on her YouTube page in June, Sailors has uploaded many videos sharing her story, introducing her parents and teaching sign language for things such as days of the month and back to school vocabulary. 

She began daily lessons on Twitter and Instagram, teaching her followers sign language one word at a time with short daily videos. 

"I began using social media to help parents who have children with disabilities so they could communicate. It has grown into something so much bigger. There are so many parents and teachers that also want to learn so they can communicate better with those around them."

The feedback so far has been amazing. 

"People message me every day and tell me how I am helping their families communicate better over dinner while also establishing communication that they might not normally have," Dr. Sailors said. 

Using new tools for learning to help students develop meaningful relationships is how Sailors is living out the Lausanne Way. 

For that, we say...