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Anita Riley

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Teacher

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About Me

Educational History:

Graduated from my hometown school, Springhill High, in Springhill, Louisiana in 1977. Attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.  1977-78 where I first learned American Sign Language by full immersion of the language. Graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1981 in Fayetteville, then obtained my masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1985.

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S.E. – Deaf Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-9

M.S.E. – Early Childhood Education

Certifications – Deaf Ed K-12, Elementary Ed. K-9, Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education

Professional Development:

Have attended a national Conference of American Instructors of the Deaf in Texas, Kansas Instructors of the Deaf conferences, local workshops put on by the Advocates for Southern Kansas Kids who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

Current Position:

Have been an itinerant Teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students for the Butler County Special Education Cooperative since 1995, traveling & working wherever the students attend school. I’ve been working with the Garfield students since 2011. 

Previous Position:

I began teaching in 1981 as a Parent-Infant home based and Preschool-based teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children ages 0-5 and their families in Arkansas, traveling several counties to provide services. Moved to Kansas in 1988 where I taught Itinerant Deaf and Hard of Hearing for two years in Cowley County. Taught for two years at Rainbows for early childhood special education. Then I began my long career with the Butler County Special Education Cooperative where I taught Early Childhood Special Education at Rose Hill for three years. After that I began the Deaf Education program in 1995 for the county where we have grown significantly.


Family Information:

Mother of two adult children, son and daughter, both graduates of Derby High School. Pet owner of three dogs, two being beautiful border collies and one yorkie.

Personal Information:

I enjoy being outside in nature, especially in Northwest Arkansas. Reading, writing, browsing antique shops, listening to music are favorites of mine. Being with family members who live in southern states is one of my highlights. Meeting Deaf people from all over the USA and the world broadens my cultural experiences with the Deaf community of which I can then share with my students.

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