Dorey Houle is a champion of Deaf culture and teacher of American Sign Language (ASL) and 3rd and 4th grade. She studied early childhood education and ASL at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island (CUNY/CSI) and Seymour Joseph Institute of American Sign Language, both in Staten Island, NY. She has taught kindergarten through 5th grade in both public and private schools as well as adults in college courses at CUNY/CSI.
Prior to her move from Staten Island to Monroe, NY in 2014, she was a full-time lecturer and director of the ASL program in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at CUNY/CSI. As director of the ASL program she researched, authored, and attained approval for the academic minor in American Sign Language. Additionally, Mrs. Houle applied the same skills to the Academic Self-Study of the program that would later be reviewed by a professor from Columbia University. Her responsibilities also included chairing the Outcomes Assessment Committee for the Department of World Languages and Literatures. This Committee was integral in the review and re-accreditation of the College by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Upon arrival in Monroe, wanting to utilize her skills as an early childhood educator and teacher of American Sign Language, Mrs Houle developed the Mommy and Me Sign Language program for infants through 4 years old at the Monroe Free Library. The success of the program led to the Grade School Sign Language program for kindergarten through 3rd grade. Both programs are still running at the library.
Dorey Houle is the wife of a New York City police officer and retired combat veteran who served in both the United States Air Force Reserves and in Afghanistan with the United States Army 101 Cavalry in 2008. She and her husband are the proud parents of five children, the oldest of whom is a field artillery specialist in the US Army stationed at Joint Base Lewis McCord in Lakewood, WA. Her second son is pursuing an AA in Film Production at the State University of New York at Rockland. Her three younger children are students in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. They are parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe, NY.