Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Educational Interpreting, Idaho State University BA in Humanities, Washington State University M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Idaho (in process)
Mrs. Renee Higbee
Hello! I'm incredibly excited to start my first year teaching American Sign Language courses at OHS. I have 20 years of experience in the field of Deaf Education as an educator, advocate, and sign language interpreter. My experience with ASL/Deaf Culture is mixed with professional and personal experience ranging from teaching ASL courses at BSU and ISU, interpreting in K-12 education settings, collegiate interpreting, religious/community interpreting, to working as the Parent/Familiy Liaison for the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind. I hold two degrees, a BS in Educational Interpreting from Idaho State University and a BA in Humanities from Washington State University. Currently, I am working on my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Idaho and proud to label myself as a life-long-learner!
Personally, I am passionate about teaching and advocating, as I have the privilege of raising a son who is profoundly deaf, uses a cochlear implant, and we sign as a family. Navigating support services through K-12 public education and the collegiate academic setting through understanding/applying the Americans with Disabilities Act, has been an honor the past 20 years. My husband Doug and I have been married for 23 years and have two wonderful children. Both of our children attend the University of Idaho. Go, Vandals! In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking/camping/backpacking in the Sawtooth mountains and paddleboarding.