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.


Leonard Granda, assistant professor of exceptionality programs, ASL and deaf culture

Leonard Granda

Leonard Granda, Ed.D., has taught America Sign Language for 14 years in various levels from kindergarten to college level students. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Gallaudet University and a Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf from San Diego State University. He has taught at San Diego State University, The College of the Holy Cross, Austine School for the Deaf, The Learning Center for Deaf Children, Loudoun County Public Schools (VA) and various community colleges. He completed his doctoral degree at Lamar University in Deaf Studies/Deaf Education. Granda enjoys traveling with his wife, Lizor-Granda and his two kids, Ethan and Ashlyn along with their hearing dog, Kelsey.


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).


Kristin Lizor, assistant professor of exceptionality programs, ASL and deaf culture

Kristin Lizor

Kristin Lizor, Ed.D., has more than 20 years of intensive educational and diversified working experience in both the Deaf and hearing communities. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Criminology and Victimology, a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling, and she is currently working on completing her doctoral degree in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies, focusing on deaf inmates and the Americans with Disabilities Rights. Lizor has served as a Deaf mentor, drug and alcohol counselor, Deaf victims advocate, ASL consultant, private tutor, and ASL instructor. She is a highly motivated and talented individual who strive to create an innovative and positive learning environment. She is active in advocating for the Deaf community and is working on becoming a Certified Deaf Interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.