American Sign Language & Interpreting

ASL/Interpreting Program Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Duane Kinner Duane Kinner photo

Rank/Title: Instructor
Campus: Taylorsville Redwood
Office: AAB 237 AV
Video Phone:

Education: B.S. Gallaudet University, 1999

Interpreter Certification:

Duane Kinner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems in 1999 from Gallaudet University. He has been teaching American Sign Language since 2001 at SLCC and is a tenured instructor. He is a native user of ASL and has experience working as a language mentor and trainer for interpreters. He is a Nationally Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI). Duane has the rare distinction of having Deaf parents and Deaf children.

Connie Spanton-JexConnie Spanton-Jex photo

Rank/Title: Assistant Professor
Campus: Taylorsville Redwood
Office: AAB 237 AU
Video Phone: 801-590-6236

M.S. Deaf Education, Western Maryland College, 2002
B.S. Journalism, Utah State University, 1988
A.S. Theater Arts, College of Eastern Utah, 1984

Interpreter Certification: RID CI/CT

Connie joined SLCC's full-time faculty in August 2002 and is now a tenured assistant professor. She has been a nationally certified interpreter since 1991 through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and holds both Certifications of Interpreting (CI) and Transliterating (CT). She currently serves as the Local Testing Administrator/Coordinator for RID’s certification testing Supersite located in Salt Lake City in a collaborative effort with the Utah Interpreter Program (UIP) and SLCC.

Prior to coming to Salt Lake Community College, Connie worked for 10+ years in Washington D.C. as an interpreter, working in a variety of situations and settings. Her favorite setting/situation was theatrical interpreting and she interpreted over 50+ plays while in Washington D.C. metro area.

Connie is a member of RID, Utah RID, Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT), ASLTA and is the mother of 4 children, including a Deaf son.

David Davenport

Rank/Title: Instructor
Campus: Taylorsville Redwood
Office: AAB 237 AT
Video Phone: 801-590-6554

M.A. Galluadet University, 2013
B.S. Brigham Young University, 2011

David is a native ASL user who was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. His passion for teaching began when he was a junior in high school when he and his Deaf sister taught ASL classes as a service to the community. Since that time, he has spent over fourteen years teaching ASL. He has been an adjunct instructor with SLCC ASL and ASL/English Interpreting programs since 2002. During that time he has also been an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and Brigham Young University. David has also worked as an ASL language mentor, coordinator, supervisor, director, and trainer for programs serving the needs of the Deaf and interpreters. He has developed ASL curriculum and assessment tools incorporating a new modern style of teaching for his classes to enrich the learning experience for students.

On a personal level, David lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, Chrystee and their five "children" (two dogs and three cats). He enjoys socializing, working out, biking, remodeling, and watching sports.

Adjunct Faculty

Emily Beech photoEmily Beech

Rank/Title: Instructor
Campus: Taylorsville Redwood
Phone: (801) 957-4642

M.Ed Utah State University, 2008
B.S. Utah State University, 1999
A.A. Salt Lake Community College, 2005

Interpreter Certification: Utah Professional & RID NIC

Emily earned an Associate of Arts degree in ASL/Interpreting (SLCC), and additionally, possesses a B.S. degree in Education with minor in Deaf Education and a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Utah State University. Her teaching experience includes four year classroom teaching in the Jordan School District, 1999 to 2003, and as an ITP lab tutor & instructor, 2004 to present, at Salt Lake Community College. Emily interprets at SLCC and in the community.

Daniel Edwards

B.A. Brigham Young University, 2005

Daniel Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Brigham Young University in 2005. He worked three years for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind before becoming an ASL teacher. Currently he has a Level Two Secondary Teaching License with ASL Endorsement. He has been teaching ASL at Stansbury High School since 2009. He enjoys time with his wife and sons.

Katie Maxwell

M.A. Utah Valley University, 2013
B.A. California State University, Fresno, 2005

Interpreter Certification: Utah Professional & RID NIC

Katie has been with the ASL/Interpreting department since 2009. She joined the department as a lab instructor and later became an adjunct faculty member, teaching core interpreting courses. She earned a Bachelor's degree from CSU Fresno in both Deaf Education and ASL-English Interpreting, in addition to a minor in Music. She earned her Masters of Education degree at Utah Valley University. Along with teaching at SLCC, Katie also works as a full-time VRS interpreter and a part time interpreter for the University of Utah and SLCC.