Meet The Team
Kashandra has been teaching since 1999, serving Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD since 2005. Ms. Ball has been involved with TASLE since 2016. She became the chairperson in 2019. She considers TASLE workshops fun, interactive, and rich in networking as well as resource-sharing. Kashandra has greatly enjoyed her time as Chairperson of the committee, blessed to have been surrounded by great teamwork and collaboration. During free time, she loves to travel, play card/board games, enjoy craft bazaar/festivals with friends, work on family genealogy, and enjoys spending time with her Dachshund.
After graduating from Abilene Christian University Lisa was involved in the hotel industry for the next 20 years. She has experience in both private and public schools since 2008, which includes serving on the district's curriculum writing team. She has been involved with TASLE since 2016, serving as participant, presenter and now as part of the leadership.
When not teaching, Lisa enjoys hanging out with her family, playing board games, and watching professional football.
Carla Berghult has been involved in TASLE since 2016. She has been in the field of education for over 30 years! Whether it be in Deaf Education, ASL, Workshops, Retreats, or Vocational Training she is always in the teaching mode. As a graduate of Regent University, (MA) Texas Woman’s University (BS), and Riverside City College (AA), she has certificates in Texas/Georgia as a Teacher of the Deaf and Texas/Georgia as an ASL Teacher. Carla has been selected for several “Who’s Who Among America’s Teacher Award(s)” -- 1994, 2004, & 2005. Taught ASL at Central Texas College, Floyd College (GA), Georgia State University, and University of GA at Athens. Currently she is teaching at Keller ISD in Keller, Texas. On a personal note, She loves to travel, go camping, and go hiking whenever possible.
Pamela has been teaching ASL at private schools in the Austin area since 2017. She has been involved with TASLE since 2018. Pamela holds an MS degree in Education of the Deaf, a BA degree in Communication Studies, an AA degree in Speech Communication, and certifications in Social Work, Social Media, and Trust-Based Relational Intervention Training (TBRI). She has experience as a Social Media manager, blogger, motivational speaker, and sign music performer. Pamela and her husband, also deaf, have four adult hearing children.
Angelica-Jasmine Bates graduated from Collin College with a focus on interpreter education and Deaf studies. She then pursued a university career at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and strategic communications with a minor in arts entrepreneurship. Throughout her higher education, she continued to tutor, share her talent in ASL, and immerse herself in the Deaf community.
This is her first-year as a teacher and is excited about the opportunity to grow! She is known to compete in pageants, represent and serve communities, and revels in spending time with her family.
For most of my younger adult life, I worked in the business world. When it came time for my daughters to go off to college, I went with them. In 2013, I graduated from Stephine F. Austin University (exactly 30 years after I graduated high school). My first three years of teaching career was in Deaf Education working with 3-year-olds to 2nd grade. This is my 7th year teaching ASL.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy hanging out with my granddaughters, working on various craft projects, and watching movies.
Randi Shaw has taught ASL for the past nine years and is currently in her third year at Forney High School. She has a varied educational background and can teach History, English, Dual Credit Composition, and ASL. Before teaching, she worked as an interpreter in the East Texas area, and since 2013 has served as the Chair of the Tyler Junior College Curriculum Advisory Committee for the TJC Interpreter Training Program. In 2019 she was introduced to TASLE and has attended each year since that great experience. At the 2022 TASLE workshop she presented for the first time and showed her love of using technology in the classroom. She loves leadership activities and was a Student Council Advisor for six years, one of which as a State Officer; and is now in her second year as the National Honor Society Advisor. In her free time she enjoys reading, journaling, gardening, traveling, and being with family.
Kristina Sedberry is an ASL teacher at Sachse High School. She is a CODA and grew up in Houston, TX. She received her Bachelors from Lamar University, and she has been in education since 2003. Kristina started out as an interpreter in Deaf education, and transitioned to teaching ASL in 2017. She was awarded Sachse Teacher of the Year, and Texas Foreign Language Association Teacher of the Year for 2022. Kristina joined TASLE in 2022, and is excited to serve on the 2023 committee.
Melissa has been teaching since 2000. Currently teaching ASL with South Texas College for 8 years. Melissa has attended TASLE since 2018 and enjoys getting ideas from teachers. Melissa is excited to work on the Committee and looks forward to the challenge. She is also on the Board for the National ASL Honor Society as a Graduation Chairperson. She is busy with her 2 daughters, 2 dogs and a snake. Melissa enjoys helping her daughter with Girl Scout materials and Leadership.
When Melissa have time, she enjoys traveling, reading, crafting (especially cross-stitching), and watching movies/tv shows.
Dannette is currently teaching at San Marcos High School teaching American Sign Language (ASL) as foreign language for 9th – 12th grades for 1 and a half years. In professional experience, She has been teaching ASL in colleges level for 21 years and high school for 12 years. She has taught Deaf Education at Elementary level for 11 years and taught colleges for years. In Bryan ISD, she has taught ASL beginning and advanced ASL classes for parents who have Deaf children and staff who have Deaf students in class. In college, she taught ASL at all levels at Blinn Community College in Bryan, TX and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She has a Master of Science in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies from Lamar University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communication from University of Houston. She has joined TASLE in 2018. She is now committee with TASLE 2023.