Signs of Hope has 4 ASL Tutors:

Hope Turpin - Head Tutor, works with beginner, intermediate & advanced levels.
Andie Boyd - beginner levels
Melanie Mills - beginner & intermediate levels
Canae Weiss - ASL Master and works with advanced levels

Hope Turpin, Lead Tutor, comes from an unique background. Born Deaf, she was raised orally with speech therapy until she learned ASL at 16 as a student at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. Being able to lipread, speak and sign fluently has given Hope a remarkable set of skills that has allowed her to teach a wide range of students from babies to late-deafened adults. After graduating from Salem College with a B.A. in Biology & Sociology Hope returned back to the North Carolina School for the Deaf as a high school Biology instructor in 1998 and has not stopped teaching ASL since then, whether it be teaching individuals how to use Relay services or volunteering by doing ASL workshops with local Girl Scout groups or guest stints at various local high schools. With Signs of Hope she "hopes" to spread ASL awareness as well as the many benefits from knowing ASL itself.

Andie is passionate about continuing her American Sign Language education as well as sharing her knowledge of the language with others. As a theatre graduate from College of Charleston Andie is very excited to take on beginner students that have a drive to learn ASL.

Staff member and instructor Melanie Mills specializes in teaching basic vocabulary and ASL concepts to children and families. She is hearing and has been learning ASL going on 3 years.

Melanie, along with all the staff at Signs of Hope, very much recognizes the essential role of Deaf teachers in ASL instruction, and respects that Deaf individuals should be the teachers of their own language and culture both for reasons of authenticity and ethicality. However, young children, who are notoriously difficult to lipread (a communication method utilized by some of our staff), are assigned to our hearing staff for ease of communication and optimal learning.

Ms. Mills is 21 years old and was born and raised in North Carolina. She lives in Concord and attends Central Piedmont Community College. She has an AS degree in Biological Life Sciences and is currently pursuing a second degree.

Canae Weiss has been dancing and acting since she was five years old. She received her dance, choreography, improvisation, and theatre training at Ballet Arts Minnesota in Minneapolis, SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory, and the University of Minnesota. She also studied at summer intensives with the American Ballet Theatre where she was their first deaf dancer, the Washington Ballet, and at Gallaudet University. Canae has performed locally as a dancer with the Ethnic Dance Theatre, Voices of Sepharad, and in Leili Prischet's Hidden Yearnings. She has been an invited guest artist and dance teacher at Model Secondary School for the Deaf and in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and has worked as an assistant teacher with Young Dance Company. Canae co-founded Creating Language Through the Arts along with two other artists, and under a Minnesota State Arts Board grant they taught children in the St. Paul Public Schools how to express emotions and make cross cultural connections through creative movement, painting, and puppeteering. As an actor, Canae has starred most recently in Aditi Kapil's "Love Person" at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul and in Janet Preus' "Welcome to Hell" at Open Eye Theatre in Minneapolis. Canae is an ASL consultant and deaf interpreter with various theaters in the Twin Cities for nearly six years, such as the Guthrie Theatre, 20% Theatre, and Mixed Precipitation Opera Company. Canae works as a teaching artist with Upstream Arts Organization, where she puts into action her belief that movement and dramatic expression can be tools for individuals to gain awareness about what is happening in their bodies and minds, and to process events in their lives. She recently moved to Charlotte, NC in 2018 and is very eager to work as ASL master with people who needs help with ASL in an instructive and/artistic way with you all!