Joanne Grassman

Student Services Assistant Director

Phone: 608-663-8489

Chris Jaramillo

Program Support Teacher (PST)
Phone: 608-204-3711

Susan Springer Judd

Lead Interpreter





Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Madison Metropolitan School District who meet criteria for Hearing Impairment established in PI 11.36 in the Wisconsin Administrative Code may receive services of a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing directly at a center-based program or indirectly in their home school from an itinerant teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Glendale Elementary, Sennett Middle, and LaFollette High are the Center-based schools in the MMSD. These were established in the mid 1970’s so the staff and students at these schools are familiar with interpreters in the classroom and using sign language. A large majority of hearing students in center-based schools can communicate in sign language (wide range of skills).

Center-based schools provide opportunities for:

  • Direct communication in a variety of settings, with and instruction by teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who sign.
  • learning community of students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing that provide communication and interaction with peers that use sign language.
  • Educational sign language interpreters support communication access in academic, non-academic, and extracurricular environments.
  • Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and reside outside of the attendance areas of Glendale, Sennett, or LaFollette may be placed at these schools through the IEP process to address specific needs in the areas of: communication accessibility, language acquisition, participation, social-emotional development, and academic achievement.

Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing may attend their neighborhood school. These students will have a building-based case manager and can receive services through IEP guidelines from the following:

  • Itinerant teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Sign language interpreter to access information in the classroom and for after school activities
  • Speech and language therapist to increase communication skills
  • Audiologist to repair and regular checks on equipment
Employees with the DHH Program at MMSD
  • 5 Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • 23 Sign Language Interpreters
  • 1 Audiologist
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American Sign Language (ASL) Classes offered at LaFollette High School & Sennett Middle School
  • LaFollette offers American Sign Language as a foreign language up to level 4. There are two teachers and one of the teachers is deaf.
  • Sennett offers American Sign Language as an elective for students.
  • Glendale Elementary incorporates signs around the school, and it is typical for a classroom that has an interpreter in it teach sign class to the hearing students weekly.