ABOUT YOUR TEACHER
Ralph and his family live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He's currently on an extended sabbatical after ministering over twenty-six years as a missionary to the Deaf community and executive pastor of a local church.
After graduating from high school, Ralph took his first sign language class and was immediately hooked! He went on to receive training as a professional Sign Language Interpreter; working in the private and public sector since 1997.
Ralph managed his own ASL interpreting business. He has interpreted in a variety of settings, for corporations such as Costco, Safeway, and Red Robin; state government offices and medical clinics. As an educational Interpreter, Ralph served the Deaf in elementary, high school and college level classes, including CAD, word-processing and computer training, ABE, ESL, welding, auto tech, early childhood education, first aid, mathematics, web design, physical education, nutrition, accounting, business administration, database management, baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and summer intensives.
Ralph also served as an ASL Interpreter for several theatre performances and concerts, including Luis Palau, Sandi Patty, Amy Grant, The Katinas, Wayne Watson, and Michael W. Smith. During this time, Ralph taught community education and middle school non-credit ASL courses and deaf awareness workshops.
In 2008, Ralph went back to school and become a certified teacher of ASL in Washington State. After writing his own curriculum, Ralph now teaches at the high school level for student’s seeking foreign language credit; both in private and public schools, on campus and online. He thoroughly enjoys this role!
Above is a picture of my family enjoying a snowy vacation in Leavenworth, WA.