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Hello, my name is Juan Angel Reynoso. I was born and raised in San Diego, California. A Native American Indian from the San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay Indians, I grew up on my tribes reservation and proudly strive to preserve my culture and heritage. 

I became interested in American Sign Language in 2000 while attending high school. During this time period I took ASL 1-3 to fulfill the California Foreign Language requirement for graduation. After graduation I moved to Santa Barbara and attended the University of California Santa Barbara for a year. Homesick I moved back to San Diego and began attending San Diego Mesa College, taking classes in general education and business administration. I entered into a career in Casino Operations Management and worked at two large gaming enterprises for most of my twenties. 


At age 30, I began to realize that I was no longer happy in my career choice. While financially my career kept me satisfied, I no longer felt driven and motivated in my work. I wanted more from my work and more importantly, I wanted to make a difference.


I had always been interested in American Sign Language. I can recount the endless hours of ASL musical interpretations that I watched on YouTube, thinking to myself, "This is what I want to do!"Just like that, I made the decision to go back to school and pursue a degree in American Sign Language. After completing my fourth year of ASL, I entered into my local community college's American Sign Language/English Interpreting program and graduated in 2016. 


Since graduation, I have done community volunteer interpreting work for organizations like San Diego Pride, San Diego Comic-Con, and Deaf Community Services of San Diego.


Currently I work for the Escondido Union School District as Signing Aide in a Self-contained classroom for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.  I am also concurrently obtaining my teaching credential in Special Education.


This Fall, I will graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Interpretation Studies from William Woods University. I will be applying to the University of California San Diego's Masters of Bilingual Education this spring, continuing a degree in Special Education while still being involved in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. 


Portfolio of Interpreting Work


Oralism vs Speaking

In this Vlog, Ella Lentz discusses the differences between oralism/oralists and speaking/speech skills. She further calls for the need to rid the world of Oralism and Audism.


Commencement Speech
Stanford University

Steve Job's gives his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.


Narrative Story

In this narrative, the ASL storyteller shares a story of a young poor girl who finds herself in the presence of a scary witch.


Interested in learning more about my work and or would like to express interest in collaborating on an upcoming event, contact me at the email below or on my IG handle @jreynoso25 to get the dialogue moving. 

I look forward to hearing from you shortly. 

San Diego, CA, USA

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