Ann Mayes assists with project production, writing and advocacy in the areas of education, closed captioning and legislation. Ann earned her B.S. in Elementary and Deaf Education from Minot State University and her M.A. in Advanced Studies in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. She has taught in a number of different programs in Virginia and Minnesota, including those that use American Sign Language as the language of instruction and cued English, as well as Listening and Spoken Language. She has also presented at different conferences about closed captioning accessibility in the classroom as well as advocacy for both deaf and hard of hearing students in general education settings. Ann is a curious, informal researcher who must be reading something, either digital or in book format all day, every day. She also enjoys encouraging her family to cook and bake and likes to create comfy spots in her home.
"I thoroughly enjoy what I do because I strongly believe in collaboration at all levels for the benefit of children and families while they're still in school and when they transition to the community at large. I particularly relish the opportunity to advocate for people through writing and making connections. People in Minnesota, in all ways of life, who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing, benefit from a team approach." ~ Ann Mayes