Joanne Grassman

Student Services Assistant Director
Phone: 608-663-8489

Chris Jaramillo

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

Susan Springer 

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.  

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 DHH disability-related services through their IEP:

  • Itinerant teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Speech and language therapist to increase communication skills
  • Audiologist to repair and perform regular checks on equipment
Employees with the DHH Program at MMSD
  • 5 Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • 21 Sign Language Interpreters
  • 1 Audiologist
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American Sign Language (ASL) Classes offered at LaFollette High School 
  • LaFollette offers American Sign Language as a foreign language up to level 4. 
  • Sennett Middle & Glendale Elementary incorporate signs around the schools, and it is typical for classrooms that have an interpreter in them to teach sign skills to the hearing students.