In 2015, Ms. Crosby came to Lawndale with 12 years of teaching ASL in the middle school secondary environment. As one of the only ASL programs offered in Southern California, Ms. Crosby is a rare find, as she is one of few dual credentialed teachers in English and ASL. She is a student-centered, passionate teacher-leader and has served Lawndale as ASLA Coordinator (the first academy offered in the country), Dual Enrollment Teacher, Course Leader, Work-based Learning Leader, Club Advisor, and Professional Development Facilitator. To her academic credit, Ms. Crosby holds four collegiate degrees: B.A. in Communications from USC, a B.A. in Deaf Studies from CSUN, and two Masters Degrees from the University of Phoenix in Organizational Management and Education. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Crosby is an entrepreneur, award-winning producer of accessible media content, advocate, interpreter, and performer.  As if her plate was not already full, Ms. Crosby finds time to support her students outside the classroom, mentor other teachers pursuing their ASL authorization and ASL Interpreter Training students, and volunteer in the Deaf community and other educational programs. When you don't find Ms. Crosby active in any one of these impressive roles, you will find her enjoying a brisk walk on hiking trails, working out at the gym, at a movie theatre or a day spa. 

Quick fact: Ms. Crosby was a former USC Women of Troy Basketball player. Watch out, she still has game!).

Message from Ms. Crosby: "I enthusiastically await the opportunities to get to know all of you throughout this year and partner with you to facilitate your growth and development of Deaf Culture knowledge and ASL skills!" ~Ms. Crosby


Featured Interviews:
11/22/2019 HCTV: City News (Nov 22, 2019) Edition
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10/21/2019 HCTV Spotlight Education Edition: Principals 
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ASL Deaf Awareness Tissue Box Project

Students participate in Deaf Awareness Month by spreadring deaf awareness to campus classrooms and administration by gifting a tissue box or handsanitizer decorated with a deaf community theme: Deaf Facts, Deaf Art, Famous Deaf 1700's-present, and Deaf education and organizations.  Student reflections include:


“It feels good to serve other.” Joe

“It feels good to contribute to the  Deaf community by bringing deaf awareness.” Caleb Nieto

“It was satisfying to take a simple but thoughtful way to spread deaf awareness.” Aaron Perez

P3- Academy

“I feel like I just made a difference.” Tatiana Powell

“I felt nervous, but I know it helped.” Tatyana Grayson

“I felt grateful that I made a difference.” Leslie Monterrosa

“I felt giving.” Taahira Bholat

“I felt relieved.” Kendra Blue


“I felt privileged about learning about ASL Community and being able to share my knowledge.” Jussepi Medina

“I felt like we literally spread awareness about the deaf community.” Cheyenne Grimes


“I felt really good in that I got to speak to an entire class.” Enrique Canales

“It felt good that I was able to make another teacher feel happy.” Brittney Francesena

“It was a new experience I have never had before.” Jabari Davis

“It was exciting to see the look on the teacher’s faces.” Ariel Alvarez”

“It was a good experience and it was my first time going to the new “B” building.” Lia Cooper


“I felt it was a bit awkward, it felt good to give.” Elizabeth Muzquiz

“ I feel this is something everyone should have a interest to learn.” Jessica Rueda

“I feel as if this is a great way to project our way of how we see ASL.” Anthony D. Harris


Magic Mountain Deaf Awareness Day, June 4, 2016

ASLA Level 1 student actively engaged in conversation with a deaf attendee.

ASL Signing Idol Performance Reflection

Post the in-class Signing Idol Signing Expressive Presentation Final Assessments,where student's demonstrated mastery in their ability to translate (GLOSS) and sign a song selection in ASL before an audience of their peers, Deaf community members and guests; students completed a written reflection comprised of six questions. Below is a snap shot of several student responses:
What will you remember about this performance?
"I will remember the expressions on the audience's faces while I was performing." ~Markiana Tucker ASL. 2
"I will remember how nervous I was. I have never performed a song in ASL in front of deaf people." ~Tania Johnson, ASL 2
"...Meeting the Deaf evaluators and getting to watch everyone sign their songs was fun." Kyrianna Stevens, ASL 2
What did you enjoy about this performance?
"I enjoyed how much I developed from this project; because I came in this class knowing nothing about ASL." ~ Ariana Ivy, ASLA 1
"I enjoyed going up and getting over my fears." ~ Leslie Garcia, ASL 1
What did you learn?
"I learned that we have potential to learn a lot of signs." ~ Angela Cardenas, ASLA 1
"I learned do the same signs in sync with my partner."
"You have to make expressions throughout the song and bring the song to life." ~Stephanie Iniguez, ASLA 1
"ASL is one of the most expressive and emotional languages." ~Lizbeth Rucuch, ASLA 1
In what ways were you proud of the work you did for this performance?
"I honestly did not think I was going to do a good job with the song; so I was proud to finish and perform it. I also felt the happiness of being able to do it!" ~Lizbeth Rucuch, ASLA 1
"I am proud of how I remembered all of the signs and how I went up on stage and did it! I feel that my performance is an A+++." ~Yasmin Hameed
"I was proud I had enough courage to go in front of the class and do my best, even though my performance overall was not the best." ~Adrian Sixtos
"I am proud I faced my fears." ~Joslin Briones, ASL 1
"I feel quite amazing because in the beginning of this class it was hard. But now that I signed a song, I'm like, "WOW!" ~ Leslie Lino, ASL 1

Stephanie Castro, Ileana Aguilar, "Love Yourself," by Justin Beiber

Signing Idol Sign Presentation Final, May 27, 2016.