Shannon G. Fike, M.A.

Headshot Faculty Shannon Fike

American Sign Language Instructor
Department: Modern Language and Linguistics
Location: Tigerville, SC

“Much is expected from those of us to whom much has been given, for greater is our responsibility.” paraphrase of Luke 12:48
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in American Sign Language.


    B.A. K-12 Deaf Education, University of North Carolina 
    M.A. Education, East Carolina University 
    Certified Teacher of the Deaf k-12
    Certified in Secondary English
    Certified in American Sign Language

  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes serving at a number of institutions including:
    Howard College, Big Spring, TX – Student Services and Instructor
    South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind – Teacher of the Deaf, Staff Development
    Paul M. Dorman High School – Resource Teacher of the Deaf
    South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind – Secondary English Teacher
    Converse College – Instructor
    Purple Communications VRS Interpreter
    James F. Byrnes High School – Secondary English
    North Greenville University – Instructor

  • Articles Published

    2004 National Teacher Training Institute- Internet Lessons
    • “Freedom is Not Free, Lest We Forget”
    • “Things Aren’t Always as They Seem”
    2003 National Teacher Training Institute- Internet Lessons
    • “We’re Spending Too Much Money”
    • “Free at Last, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
    2003 Deaf Education – Master Teacher/Cyber Mentor
    • “High Interest/Low Readability Level Materials”

  • Awards Received

    2011 – SCSDB Teacher of the Year (Campus-wide)
    2007 – SCSDB Teacher of the Year (Deaf School)

  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes:

    • Marianne Carter – founder of Carter Hears and the Quill Charter Schools
    • Maureen Irons – former principal of the SCSDB Deaf School
    • Alton Brant – former principal of the SCSDB Deaf School and founder of the ASL Program at Clemson
    • Paul May – State Department of Education – Interpreter Services
    • Scott Talley – SC Senator – Sponsor of the SB280 – LEAD-K Bill
    • Margaret Park – Converse College Deaf Education Program Director
    • Scott Falcone – SCSDB Outreach Services Director
    • Josie McDaniel Burkett – SC Interpreting Services for the Deaf Owner
    • Darryl Owings – Superintendent Spartanburg School District 6
  • My Story

    When I came home after my first day in 1st grade, I announced that I was going to be a teacher. While the subject matter changed several times over the years, I never changed the overall goal. When I was 8, I learned my ABC’s in ASL for a Girl Scout Badge. I never used it until the summer of my freshman year in college where I worked as a day camp counselor and had one week of deaf children in camp. It all came back and at the end of the week, I knew God wanted me to work with the Deaf.
    My college only offered a degree in Speech Language Pathology at the time, so when I went to declare my major in that field, a sign on the wall caught my attention. “All Deaf Education Majors meet in room 102 at 3pm” and I knew God had opened the door. I took my one and only sign language class. I received my degree in Deaf Education in 1978 and my first job was at East Carolina University as a student services interpreter. I have taught at the collegiate level and the high school level and interpreted along the way. I realized just how far a single course in ASL can carry a student. (My second course in ASL was in 2015).

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    I love teaching ASL 1 because the students know very little about deafness and ASL and leave knowing so much. Their enthusiasm is infectious making me a better teacher.


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