About Us / Teachers Bio

Welcome to the Sign Language Center (SLC) .

We are proud to introduce to you a company with a number of incredible instructors teaching American Sign Language. Our goal is to provide YOU the student, an enriching experience learning the beauty of ASL and Deaf culture; we welcome all levels from beginners to advanced students. We also offer one on one tutoring sessions, on site classes for corporations, and variety of workshops. 

Sign Language Center was established to bridge the communication gap between the hearing and the Deaf communities. We do this creating a comfortable and interactive environment. All of our instructors are "Native" Deaf individuals coming from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Our instructors strive to teach our students to have a better understanding about ASL and Deaf culture in a non-competitive, conversational setting. We hope you will join us in for a fun-filled learning experience!

Sign Language Center is located in the heart of New York City. We offer day, evening and weekend classes to fit your busy schedule. We at the Sign Language Center welcome you to come in and sign up for a class, or browse the "Class Schedule" page. We offer secure on line registration for your convenience. Whether you're a new student or a more experienced signer- we can help you take the next step in developing your ASL skills. 

Alexandria Wailes has been working for SLC for nearly a year and half. Aside from teaching ASL, she's a teaching artist with IDEAS, a docent for the Intrepid, LES Tenement Museum and an educator at the Whitney. Ms. Wailes is an actor and has worked on Broadway and upon stages around the world, in addition to making appearances on television and in independent films.
Alexandria Wailes

Brian Blais has worked in education, teaching within many programs for over 15 years. He has been working at Sign Language Center since its inception 9 years ago. Brian was born and raised in Port Alberni, British Columbia Canada. He attended school at Jericho Hill Deaf Insititute in Vancouver and Gallaudet University. Brian worked at Lexington School for the Deaf,  Fanwood in White Plains, Clerc Group Home working w Deaf individuals with special needs.
Brian Blais

Carmen King is currently an adjunct ASL instructor at SLC. She has more than 5 years of academic experience with prestigious institutions such as New York University , Columbia University, Helen Keller Service for the Blind and LaGuardia Community College. Her devoted advocate for the Deaf community is continually demonstrated by her involvement in many Deaf-oriented civic programs. Future students will benefit greatly by being able to exploit her rich and multi-layered foundation in ASL.
Carmen King

Patricia Ordonez has been tutoring and teaching at the Sign Language Center for two years. Everyone calls her “PattyO .” Patricia has professional degrees in both the fine arts and fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and the Lenior-Rhyne College in North Carolina. She currently works as an art educator at the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York while also designing costumes for several theater productions throughout New York City. Patricia has her own sustainable fashion design business and she gives your old used clothing a facelift, adding personal touches with a whole new vibe.  She'll repurpose nostalgic T-shirts or outdated dresses, transform a pair of jeans into a great new skirt, or dress you up in her sought-after original designs. Her site is on the web at:  www.pattyodesigns.com

Patricia Ordonez

Alan Abrams has been with SLC for a year and has had taught signs for Free University, a branch of the Rochester Institute of Technology.  In addition, he conducts a culinary workshop called "Cooking With a Twist" for SLC. He has a culinary arts degree from Newbury Culinary College and has run his own firm, "ATABLE" catering for the past 20 years. Alan says, "It's great to witness SLC students leaving class after building their sign language knowledge.  It makes me feel that I have done something good".  Just like Martha Stewart would say---"It is a good thing".

Alan Abrams


In addition to the courses he teaches at SLC, Garrett Zuercher works as a freelance ASL instructor in New York City for various organizations and also teaches English to Deaf students at LaGuardia Community College.  For the last several years, he has been part of a groundbreaking project with PepNET Northeast, teaching English long-distance via webcam to Deaf adults in remote areas of Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Massachusetts.  Also a professional Deaf actor, director, and playwright, Zuercher’s work has been seen on stages and screens around the world and he has served as an ASL consultant for many other productions.  He graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with degrees in both English and Theatre.

Garrett Zuercher