ASL Service Corps

NMSD’s ASL Service Corp is a program that serves locations in rural New Mexico. Our tutors provide ASL instruction to families and to school programs where deaf children live.


NMSD hires and places ASL Tutors to live in various locations around the state to provide direct signed language instruction. The service year begins with training in August. Tutors arrive at their site locations by late August to begin teaching ASL.


  • Families and Their Communities – Families will determine the type and frequency of service they desire to have. Ways service can be provided: in home instruction; informal instruction at a local restaurant, church, community center or playground; 1-on-1 family instruction or through local workshops with other families; other ideas as the family requests.

  • Educational Teams – Schools can request services in a variety of ways or places that help meet their needs: ongoing classes for staff and/or students; class time support through language modeling for deaf students, hearing students and staff; after school programs; ASL Clubs; evening classes for staff or families; after school, evening or weekend workshops; other ideas as the team requests.

ASL Service Corps Team Members:

    Dean Krohn

    Dean Krohn (ASC Program Coordinator), M.A. is currently in his thirteenth year of working at NMSD, and this is his fifth year work with ASL Service Corps (ASC) program as Supervisor/Coordinator. He has variety of work experiences including Mechanical Engineer, Webmaster, Graphic Designer, Computer/ASL Teacher, Media Specialist and Coordinator. After eight years of Computer Teacher and Media Specialist, Teaching ASL leads him to get his Masters degree, and become ASL Program Coordinator for CECT department. He is Colorado native and loves outdoor activities.

    ASL Programs: Statewide Online ASL Classes, ASL Regional Events, ASL Service Corps, and ASL Immersion Week.

    Communities Served 2021-2022: Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Cobre.

    Colin Denney

    Colin Denny (ASL Tutor) was born in Shiprock, New Mexico and raised in Pinon, Arizona. He is Deaf and a full blood Navajo individual. He attended public school in Pinon Unified School District until age 12 and then he transferred to Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB). He graduated from ASDB with the Class of 2009 and took a gap year after graduating. He later enrolled at Diné College and completed his Association of Arts degree in Fine Art. After completing Diné College he enrolled at Gallaudet University and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Art & Media Design with two concentrations in Photography and Graphic Design and graduated with the Class of 2019. Currently, he is enrolled in Master of Art in Sign Language Education (MASLED) program. He loves to travel places, find new running trails, and spend time with his family.

    Communities Served 2021-2022: Farmington, Kirtland, Bloomfield, Dulce, Newcomb, and Gallup.

    Erik Shevlin

    Erik Shevlin  (ASL Tutor) is originally from Maryland then moved to California during his high school year and graduated from California School for the Deaf, Riverside.  Grew up from the third generation of Deaf family. Graduated with an Associate of Information Technology from ITT. I like to watch a lot of SCI-FI movies during my downtime. I love to try many kinds of foods and my goal is to travel to see the world.

    Communities Served 2021-2022: Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, Tatum, Lovington, Hobbs, and Portales.

    For more information about the ASL Tutor Program, please contact:

    Dean Krohn
    505.501.7730 (VP/Phone)
    505.310.0839 (Text)
    [email protected]

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