Our Skillshops and Classes

Our Skillshops are designed for individuals interested in learning S.E.E. and to help those already using S.E.E. to improve their expressive and receptive signing skills.  Intensive work is done in groups from beginner to advanced levels.  Each group is limited to approximately 15 participants. Sessions are geared for adult level, not appropriate for children under 16 years of age.  Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations.  Meals are also the responsibility of the participant.  Be sure to identify yourself as a S.E.E. Center Skillshop participant when calling the hotel listed to obtain the special Skillshop rate. 

Weekend Skillshops

Omaha, Nebraska

February 23-25, 2018

Register HERE

Seattle, Washington

March 9-11, 2018

Register HERE

More to come...

Weeklong Skillshops

Round Rock, TX

Summer 2018

Houston, TX

Summer 2018



A limited amount of scholarships are available for application to the registration fee ($100 for weekend skillshops & $200 for week long skillshops).  To be considered please complete the Registration Form and the Scholarship Application Form.  Be sure to include the necessary 'place holder' deposit fee.  These fees are $150 for week long skillshops and $75 for weekend skillshops.  Completed forms must be received by the early registration date listed.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail approximately two weeks prior to the beginning date for each location. Click HERE for a scholarship application. 


All instructors are experienced, trained teachers of Signing Exact English and include:

Katie Birdwell:   Experienced interpreter, Deaf education classroom paraprofessional and teacher.  Currently an itinerant teacher working with students with hearing loss, consulting with their teachers and participates in IEP meetings.

Kathy Bodewig: Experienced educational interpreter at the elementary level and community college instructor. Also does freelance interpreting.

Dennis Davino: Experienced educational interpreter, teacher in programs for deaf and hard of hearing, and has conducted national and international seminars.

Alisa George: Experienced ESSE certified interpreter and instructor. Has worked at elementary & secondary levels. Coordinates and teaches all S.E.E. classes for Family Conversations and Northwest School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.

Susan Goodwyn: Experienced educational interpreter, teaches sign language at Wichita Sate University.

Gerilee Gustason: Co-developer of S.E.E.; retired coordinator of San Jose Sate University teacher preparation program for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students, former professor at Gallaudet, mother of a deaf daughter.

James Kilpatrick: Assoc. Professor of Spanish at MO. Southern State University in Joplin; trilingual video relay interpreter; educational interpreter primary to university levels; medical interpreter; experienced SEE instructor; supervisor of Spanish medical interpreter interns and supervisor of foreign language teacher certification K-12.

Christy Kilpatrick:  SEE Trainer of Interpreters, Pre K -12 Sign Language Interpreter, and Freelance and Post-Secondary Language Interpreter.  Currently researching The Use of SEE and CASE in the K-12 Classrooms.

Malina Lindell:  Daughter of Deaf parents, Teacher of the Deaf, Interpreting Program Coordinator and educational interpreter with experience from preschool through post-secondary.  RID's CT, CI and Ed:K12; from Pendleton, Oregon.

Barbara Martin:  Experienced S.E.E. instructor and educational interpreter.  Also does freelance interpreting. Mother of an adult deaf son.  Active in legislative efforts to improve the quality of education for deaf students.

Kathy Maxwell:  Career/vocational specialist for deaf and hard of hearing students, community college instructor, conference presenter.

Janeil McCrury:  ESSE certified Teacher of the Deaf, Itinerant Teacher, and Parent-Infant Advisor for ages birth to 21; member of the Children's Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic's cochlear implant team; experienced SEE instructor for families, student interns, and Regional Day School Programs.

Susan Morgan:  Resource teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students, community college sign language instructor and presenter at education conferences.

Patrice Stephenson:  Experienced S.E.E. instructor and educational interpreter, mother of a deaf son.

Susie Ternes: Audiologist, sign language instructor, educational interpreter, sibling of a deaf adult.

Carol Turner:  Experienced educational interpreter and community college instructor.  Has conducted national and international seminars.

Suzette Wilhite:  Experienced and certified at all levels teacher for the deaf, M.Ed. in literacy, curriculum and instruction, and ESSE certified. Developer and presenter of SEE staff development for several districts and regions.

Esther Zawolkow:  Daughter of deaf parents, co-developer of S.E.E.; experienced educational interpreter.  Has C.S.C