Staff Contact

Estavia Starks
(904) 361-6214

Professional Development for Educators

DeafTEC provides free training and resources for FSCJ faculty to improve College access for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. While DeafTEC aims to recruit these students to STEM programs, the resources are valuable for all FSCJ students.

Workshops include:

  • Project Access/Universal Design in Learning, which provides training on making educational materials more accessible and engaging for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
  • Promoting Student Success in Math, which provides effective instructional approaches for non-traditional learners who rely on visual representations of information. 
  • Writing in the Disciplines, which provides strategies for infusing writing in courses across all educational programs.

FSCJ faculty and community educators are invited to participate in our free workshops that enhance the student learning experience for all.

Visit the FSCJ event calendar and search "DeafTEC" to learn about upcoming workshops.

Meet our Faculty Trainers

Amy S. Baskin 

Amy S. Baskin has been a professor of English and Student Life Skills (SLS) at Florida State College at Jacksonville for 11 years. As an undergraduate, she studied American Sign Language and had the opportunity to study as a visiting student at Gallaudet University. Her areas of research include student engagement, educational neuroscience, creativity, coaching and game-based learning. 

Dr. Kimberly J. Fahlgren 

Kimberly J. Fahlgren, OTR/L, OTD, has worked in three different K-12 public school systems in Florida as an Occupational Therapist and serves as a school board member for Nassau County Public Schools. She graduated with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2009 and is currently working on a master’s in Special Education-Autism Track at the University of North Florida. 

Matthew T. Simmons

Matthew T. Simmons is a professor of Mathematics at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Professional Education and his Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of North Florida. During his undergraduate studies, Matthew worked for Tallahassee Community College as a Gear-Up tutor, where he provided tutoring services to schools in Nassau County, Florida. While in graduate school, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant who provided grading and instructional support to math professors. His areas of interest include interactive learning and open educational resources. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Florida.


 This project is in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology. It is supported by the NationalNSF Logo Science Foundation under grant numbers: DUE 1104229 and DUE 1501756.