Mr. Brendon Feagans

Phone: (972) 347-7803

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

-Bachelor of Art - Digital Art; UT Dallas 2011 -Bachelor of Science - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Deaf Ed); Stephen F Austin State University 2017 -Texas BEI certified interpreter for the Deaf -Deaf and Hard of Hearing certification -ESL/ELL certification -Math 7-12 certification

Mr. Brendon Feagans

Room Number-

B214

Conference Period-

M-F: 9:55am - 11:30am

Tutorial periods-

Daily M-F: 4:10pm – 4:45pm (subject to change based on faculty meetings)

                                  **Mornings by appointment only**

 Classes-

American Sign Language 1; 3A, 4A, 3B, 4B

Background-

My passion has always been teaching, but when I went to college initially I wanted to work with computers because I knew there was a lot money involved with that field.  I graduated from UT Dallas in 2011 and worked various odd jobs in that field but I was never truly happy.  That’s when I realized a person cannot only be motivated by money and have an enjoyable life, and so I decided to go back to school at Stephen F Austin State University, SFASU, to pursue my teaching degree; specifically, my Deaf education teaching degree.

While I was attending UT Dallas I worked at a grocery store where a deaf woman worked as well.  Having always been fascinated by American Sign Language, I asked her to teach me to sign.  It was a slow process but eventually I could sign enough that she invited me to attend Deaf socials and events with her.  I cannon-balled into the Deaf community and fell in love, not only with the language, but this group’s experiences and openness in communication.  That was the reason I decided to pursue Deaf education.

I enrolled in SFASU in the Fall of 2013 and was recruited to the interpreting services department.  My knowledge and abilities skyrocketed during that time and 2 years ago I passed my state certification in interpreting for the Deaf!  Another area I was “roped” into was the linguistics department by my soon-to-be minor advisor.  Because of her I fell in love with the study of languages, but especially ASL, and I learned how rich of a language ASL truly is.

This is my first year as lead instructor for an ASL class, but I have tutored, coached, and mentored many students over the last 4 years.  I’m excited to be here at Braswell High School and I look forward to meeting each, and every, one of you!

Philosophy of Education-

No matter who a child is, or where they come from, every child deserves an education.  Education is the way society moves forward; it does not matter a child’s race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities, or age, I will teach them.  More than teach them content, I want to empower them to become successful adults in whatever field they want to work in post-graduation. 

Professional Accomplishments-

-Presented my research findings on obstacles Deaf students face in mainstream classrooms, and how to resolve those problems at the South Central Modern Language Association conference in November 2016

-Won the 2017 SFASU Linguistics award for my continued research into American Sign Language