About Sign On

Our Mission

To connect the D/deaf and hearing communities, we:

  • S – Strengthen sign language and interpreting skills
  • I – Improve information literacy
  • G – Guide clients through challenges
  • N – Nurture learners in safe, encouraging environments
  • O – Organize relevant learning opportunities
  • N – Network to build positive relationships in the community

About The Owners:

Sue Sanders, co-owner of Sign On ASL Education

Sue has been a Sign Language Interpreter for twenty-two years. She has been nationally certified since 1999 and holds an IL Advanced Proficiency Interpreter license. Sue has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Illinois and has taught in the field of Interpreter Education for sixteen years. She has conducted workshops, mentored interpreters, and served in Deaf ministry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, art and photography.

Lynette Williams, co-owner of Sign On ASL Education

Lynette has been using American Sign Language since 2006. She holds an IL Intermediate Interpreter License and has been a Sign Language Interpreter for 8 years. Lynette has a Master’s in Business Administration and has experience teaching in a variety of course material. Lynette enjoys teaching her two young boys the language in order to communicate better with their father. In addition, Lynette enjoys learning new signs as the language develops and changes over time.

About The Instructors

Amy Blough, ASL Instructor

Amy is a Deaf Peoria native. She has been signing since 2 years old. She is currently an ASL teacher at Illinois State University and Heartland Community College. She also has taught at Illinois Central College. She currently is a Deaf Mentor to a family with a Deaf child: teaching sign language, giving advocacy advice, etc. For fun, Amy enjoys time with friends and family and photographing mother nature.

Jill Pawlik, ASL Instructor

Jill is also a Peoria native. She became deaf when she was 14 months old from spinal meningitis. She went to RIT/NTID in Rochester, NY and graduated with an AAS. Her husband is also Deaf and he is from Poland. Their 3 children are hearing and use ASL to communicate with them. Jill also has experience teaching at Illinois Central College and is excited to teach ASL to anyone who is interested.

Suzanne Ortiz, ASL Instructor

Suzanne is from the Bloomington/Normal area. She was born Deaf to hearing parents. Her parents found out about her deafness when she was 1 year old. She started speech therapy at 2 ½ years old. She grew up in Quincy, IL. After high school, she attended Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL and graduated with an AAS. She is married and has 3 beautiful children. She has taught ASL to friends at her church. She also attends silent supper events and helps students to feel more at ease when meeting the Deaf community for the first time. She is looking forward to teaching ASL again. Her passion is to help people learn ASL in order to communicate with Deaf people.