Gina Lebedeva PhD, CCC-SLP
Interim Director of Education
Dr. Gina Lebedeva uses a transdisciplinary approach to support families and professionals in early learning. A practicing speech and language pathologist, she uses lenses of infant mental health and family coaching, specializing in children’s first 5 years. At the University of Washington College of Education, she has developed courses on resilience in infants and toddlers, family engagement in early childhood, and cognitive foundations of early learning. As a WA state-approved trainer, Gina supports continuing professional development on ways to integrate neuroscience and early intervention principles into everyday practice and to strengthen families. She is a mother of twin preschoolers and a first grader, loves online escape-the-room games, and cheering for the Steelers.
Dorothy Bridges, MEd
Dorothy graduated from California State University Northridge with a Master’s degree in Deaf Education. She is happy to be back at HSDC and in the Parent-Infant Program. Dorothy is a CODA who appreciates the importance of access to early communication and learning. She also appreciates the opportunity to use ASL with families and colleagues.
Dorothy is returning to PIP from her work as a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and general education, with the Edmonds School District. The Bi-lingual-Bi-modal approach to communication at PIP fits well with her back ground in teaching in diverse and multi-lingual/multi-cultural environments. She is also thrilled to be able to support the idea of parents-as-first-teachers in the more authentic, and natural environment of home visits.
When Dorothy is not working, she enjoys being outside biking and hiking, and exercising in general. She also relaxes by cooking (and eating!) healthy food, reading fiction and non-fiction literature, and enjoying the arts.
Christina Cox, BS
Rosen Family Preschool Teacher
Christina earned a degree in Education from Gallaudet University, where she also learned about her Deaf cultural identity and ASL. Since then, her degree in Education has taken her on a journey across the country working in several schools to promote ASL and Deaf culture. Christina calls the Pacific Northwest her home, thrilled to continue her expertise co-teaching at Rosen Preschool. In her spare time, you will find Christina in the wilderness pursuing her passions of outdoor adventures. When not on the trails, she is volunteering as a Bike Works mechanic, serving on committees in the Deaf community, or working on her business, Discover Natural, to promote a natural lifestyle and sustainability amongst adventure enthusiasts.
Anna Dodd, MEd
Anna was born and raised in the state of Montana. She received her undergraduate degree in social work and invested some time in studying speech-language pathology before settling into her master’s in Deaf Education at Utah State University. During her graduate studies, Anna had the opportunity to intern for the New Mexico School for the Deaf as an Early Interventionist serving the community of Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Her teaching internship took her to the Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge, where Anna taught a kindergarten classroom.
Both her studies and work experience have shown Anna the benefits and importance of teaching Deaf and hard of hearing children, along with their families, using a bilingual/bicultural perspective. Here at HSDC, Anna is very excited to put her knowledge into action; working alongside parents in developing language access in the home, advocating for the rights of their Deaf child, and most importantly, guiding families in creating meaningful and powerful relationships with their Deaf child.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys exploring her new home here in Seattle with her husband, playing Frisbee golf, and seeing as much live music as possible.
Nate Elliott, BA
Rosen Family Preschool Teacher
Nate Elliott is a teacher at the Rosen Family Preschool with five years of experience in deaf education under his belt. Before coming to Rosen, Nate worked at the Madrona School (K-8) in the Edmonds School District and at Woodlands Elementary in the Central Kitsap School District.
When he isn’t in the classroom, Nate can be found snowboarding, hiking with his dog, or watching football and basketball. Born to Deaf parents, Nate is also Deaf and is fluent in both English and American Sign Language (ASL), with ASL being his native language. He grew up nearby on Bainbridge Island before moving to Irvine, CA for high school. After that, he attended Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Deaf Education.
Nate is very enthusiastic about the benefits of bilingual education for Deaf students and is excited to see the Rosen Family Preschool grow as he enters his second year of teaching here at HSDC.
Julie Francis, MEd
Julie hails from the foothills of South Lake Tahoe, with skis strapped to her feet by the time she could walk. Julie got her Bachelors from CSU Northridge, and went to UC San Diego before transferring to Gallaudet University where she got her Masters in Deaf Education. Julie moved back to Sacramento, CA where she worked as a Preschool/Kindergarten teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for 4 years. Julie has taught Deaf and Hard of Hearing of various ages and multiple disabilities, in Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. After ten years in public education, Julie decided to follow her heart and shift to early childhood education. Julie is grateful to join HSDC’s PIP team, and she is very much enjoying her new path working with families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing babies.
Julie is happy to return to the west coast, where the mountains, and ocean are a short drive away. Julie spends her free time hiking and swimming with her Great Danes. She enjoys visiting new places and has traveled to China, Costa Rica, and Europe, and previously lived in Jamaica for two months. Along with skiing, her other favorite hobbies include soccer, stained glass, backpacking, writing, reading, sewing, and drinking coffee with the sunrise.
Pamela Grossman, MA
Rosen Family Preschool Teacher
Pamela Grossman is a teacher, parent and knitwear designer with a passion for ASL and a weakness for Fair Trade Chocolate.
Pamela grew up in the New York area and became interested in ASL as a teenager when she and a friend volunteered in a nursery program with Deaf and hard of hearing children. It was an interest that stayed with her throughout her life. She majored in Radio/Television/Film and Theatre education at Northwestern University to become a teacher of theatre and video production. As a drama teacher, she produced a play with a Deaf character, bringing in a Deaf student and ASL interpreter to work on the show. It was a fantastic experience for Pamela and her students, inspiring her to pursue a master’s degree in Deaf Education and Theatre. Pamela studied for one year at NYU and then transferred to Columbia University, Teachers College.
Pamela earned her MA in Deaf Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In New York she trained at the Lexington School for the Deaf and PS47 (ASL and English NYC Public School). She’s worked at the New York School for the Deaf, St. Frances De Sales School for the Deaf and in the NYC public schools as a teacher in a self-contained Deaf/HH classroom. She was involved with the Shared Reading program and helped establish and teach an English language program for Deaf Students at Bergen Community College in Paramus., NJ. She studied ASL interpreting as well.
Rachael Grubaugh, BA
Ned Behnke Speech Language Preschool Teacher
Rachael was born and raised in Seattle. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Early Childhood and Family Studies. Rachael has been part of the HSDC team for over three years as a volunteer, mostly in the Parent-Infant Program. Her background in teaching includes working in several culturally diverse preschools, including a study abroad experience in Jamaica. She also has great American Sign Language skills. Rachael is passionate about supporting children to discover, create, and have fun in school while learning how to make friends and prepare them for the rest of their educational journey. When she is not at work she loves running, baking, and rooting for Seattle sports teams. Go Hawks!
Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, Kelsey brings great energy, organization, and respect for the Deaf community to HSDC. She is a student at the University of Washington, currently studying Communications with a minor in American Sign Language. She graduated with her Associates Degree from Cascadia College, where she took ASL and then spent three years as the teaching assistant for the ASL 1-3 classes. She loves to work with children and is a director of the children’s ministry at her church. In her free time, she loves to travel, especially on road trips.
Karen Philo, MEd
Karen’s association with HSDC started when she was a participant in the Parent-Infant Program as an infant. These days she’s the one helping children and families impacted by hearing loss! Karen’s fabulous communication skills, positive attitude, patience, flexibility, and listening skills make her an inspiration not just to the children she mentors, but to their families and her coworkers. As the only program in the Puget Sound to educate deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing infants and toddlers in both American Sign Language and English, it was a no-brainer for her to join our team!
The first in her family to hold a graduate degree, Karen has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Deaf Education, as well as extensive training from Gallaudet University on the Bilingual-Bicultural approach to Deaf education. Outside the office, Karen travels extensively (she was even in Germany the day the Berlin Wall fell!), gardens, researches her family history, and volunteers in the Deaf-Blind community. And if you ever want to make her day, just show up with some black licorice—she lives for it!
Rosen Preschool Instructional Aide
Nina Tran was born in Vietnam and moved to the US when she was 6 years old. She graduated from Washington School for the Deaf and attended the Rochester Institute of Technology. Soon after that, she left RIT to serve in the Americorps and got involved with helping others who have special needs incuding Deaf/HoH adults and children. She worked as an ASL tutor for several years.
Nina also has experience in drama and ASL storytelling. She thinks performing is very fun, especially working with Deaf/HoH children! In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, watching TV shows/movies, exploring new places, and learning new things. Now, she’s looking to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Development.
Yana Zhaglina, BS, SLPA
Ned Behnke Speech Language Preschool Teacher
Yana graduated with her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Washington University (2012). She joined HSDC that year as a Behnke volunteer and after receiving her SLPA license, became an employee one year later. When not at work, Yana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new recipes, and exploring the city!