Sue Petersen

Hello My Name Is...
Susan Petersen
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TODHH) for the
Suburban Schools’ Program at Ralston Middle School.


Experience and Qualifications:

 I have endorsements in Deaf Education (Birth to 21) and Transition.  I have an  Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment certification (EIPA - 4.5), and I'm a certified Driver Ed instructor.  I'm also a licensed interpreter in my state.

I have been working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in various capacities for over 20 years.  In addition to Ralston Public Schools, I have worked at Iowa School for the Deaf, volunteered at the Boys Town National Research Hospital, and Metro Regional Program. I have interpreted, (at secondary and post-secondary levels,) and even taught sign language to parents.  Outside of the K-12 setting I work with Deaf or Hard of Hearing college students and Deaf adults.  I have also served on various community boards, including Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Nebraska Hands and Voices, and Heartland Deaf Abuse Advocacy Services.  As you can see by my endorsements and certifications, I am very passionate about empowering my students, and guiding them toward becoming confident, independent and SAFE!

It’s not "one size fits all”

 Because of my extended and continuous involvement with the Deaf community, I have a unique insight to the culture and language.  My close circle of friends is a very diverse group of Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults.  Some were educated in an oral-only setting, some went to Deaf schools, and some were mainstreamed.  I have been witness to and included in some very intense discussions about education and communication.  My hope is that my deeper understanding and broadened view will benefit my students.  I will do my best to consider each of their differences and adjust my own communication mode and teaching strategies accordingly.  As teachers we all learn early on that students have different learning needs, cultures, socioeconomic status, languages, abilities/disabilities, personal interests and more.  Our DHH students are no different.  We sign, we talk, we do both at the same time! We draw, write, expand, fill in background knowledge gaps, connect and engage.  Whatever helps them access classroom instruction and understand the concepts.

Let's keep in touch

Please don't hesitate to contact me for any reason.  My email is

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