A native of New Jersey, Nicole Thorn earned both her undergraduate and first master's degree in New York. She had the unique opportunity to attend the National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) and Galludet (then College) for her teaching and interpreting practicums.
Upon completing her training she, and her beloved husband and three children relocated to Georgia where she enjoyed teaching the Deaf in a public mainstream program. She was also employed as an educational and freelance interpreter and was very active in the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. It was in Georgia that she researched, developed, and established a pilot program for an innovative method for the language instruction of Deaf children. The program gained recognition by the state university.
A professional relocation for her husband brought the family to Virginia. Ms. Thorn spent several months working with a large interpreter agency based in Washington DC where she feels blessed to have been exposed to a wide variety of interpreting experiences including theatrical, concert, government, corporate, and medical.
When she was nearing completion of her second master's degree, at Liberty University, the Lord orchestrated her current career position as Coodinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing services and Program Director for the American Sign Language and Interpreting program. Ms. Thorn and her husband Ken live in Bedford County where she enjoys the mountains and backpacks whenever she is able.
M.A. in Deaf Education/Deaf Rehabilitation, New York University
M.A. in Human Services, liberty University
B.A. in Sociology and Deafness, Hartwick College
National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certificate of Interpretation (CI)
National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certificate of Transliteration (CT)
Certified Pastoral Care Specialist
Virginia Quality Assurance Screening rater (for sign language interpreters)
Cobb County In-Service, Cobb County, Georgia 2001. Integrated Language Program: Philosophy and Methods
Cobb County In-Service, Cobb County, Georgia 2000. Bilingual Instruction for Deaf Children
Cobb County In-Service, Cobb County, Georgia 2000. Improved Language Instruction for Deaf Children
United Methodist Church Conference, Roswell, Georgia 1999. Keynote speaker: Deaf Ministries
Program Director, American Sign Language and Interpreting