Laura Yellin has been involved in the field of Deaf Education for a decade in multiple capacities. She decided to become a teacher of the Deaf, because she experienced the void of not having an adult role model that represented herself when she was a student.
Born Deaf, she is a native visual bilingual, growing up using Cued American English and American Sign Language. Laura’s passions include fostering self-advocacy skills in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students, as well as promoting visual access for linguistic freedom.
Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from UMBC and a master’s in Special Education from George Washington University. In addition, she earned her Ed.S. in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University.
Laura played a key role as a volunteer for the ACES Program, which provides instruction, support, and networking opportunities for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students, their families, professionals working with them, and the communities they live in.
Laura enjoys traveling around Europe and has been to Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Holland, the former Czech Republic, and Hungary. She looks forward to future traveling adventures and is excited to be part of VALIDEAF.