ASL/English Interpreting Faculty


Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, program coordinator and associate professor

Jessica Bentley-Sassaman

Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, Ed.D., graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2001 with her Bachelor's of Science degree in Interpreting for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She earned her Master's of Art degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in 2006 and has finished her Doctorate in Education from Walden University in 2011. The focus of her study was Deaf-Hearing interpreter teams and how they work together as a team.

She has been interpreting professionally since 2001, earning her Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) from Boystown Research Hospital, Certification of Transliteration, and Certification of Interpretation from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). She also holds the state legal certification from the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts. She is one of only ten interpreters in PA to earn the Special Certificate: Legal (SC:L) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. In addition, she is the only college faculty in PA to hold this certification.

 

Bridget Klein, instructor of exceptionality programs, ASL and deaf culture

Bridget Klein

Bridget Klein grew up on a 60-cow dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. She enrolled in Keuka College in New York, to receive her baccalaureate degree in American Sign Language. After receiving her degree, she moved on to attend Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. to receive her master’s degree in Sign Language Teaching and Culture Studies. Klein is a current Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at American University in Washington D.C. She holds the professional level certification through the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA).