Kelsey Holton - Deafness/Hard of Hearing - University of Tennessee

Kelsey Holton has been an art, English, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing teacher in a variety of settings since 2008. Originally from the Chicago area, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a minor in Communicative Disorders from Northern Illinois University. For four years, she was an art educator in K-12 public schools. During this time, she taught at Blackwell Elementary - a full-inclusion school which incorporated an American Sign Language curriculum for Deaf and hearing children.

In 2012, Kelsey’s love of travel took her to central Vietnam for one year where she taught English and volunteered for Bread of Life – a program to support the acquisition of language and vocational skills for Deaf Vietnamese young adults.  

Upon returning to the U.S. and settling in Tennessee, Kelsey earned a Master of Science in Deaf Education from the University of Tennessee.  With K-8 students at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, Kelsey has been focusing on language development through the medium of visual art resources.  Kelsey will begin her doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee in Deaf Education with a focus on literacy.

In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys reading, hiking, ceramics, and playing her banjo.