“Nancy was very prepared, enthusiastic, and so knowledgeable and experienced.”

Gabrielle Fox-Catton – Edmonds, WA

Who Created Hop to Signaroo?

Biography and Credentials for Nancy Hanauer

Who Created HopToSignaroo?Teaching Credentials

  • Bachelors of Science Degree in Education (K-12) and State Teaching Certificates held in WA, UT and WI
  • Member of the Washington Parenting Education Network
  • Highly creative teacher accommodating the multiple learning styles of adults and children
  • Solid understanding of American Sign Language, typical language acquisition, the developmental stages of babies and the needs of new parents

Professional Experience

  • More than twenty years of professional teaching and American Sign Language experience
  • More than 4,600 Seattle-area parents and educators and 2,200+ babies taught in Hop to Signaroo classes since Fall 2000 and several thousand more have attended Nancy’s presentations through parenting groups, libraries and early education conferences
  • Often imitated but never duplicated – Seattle’s best, most popular and only award-winning baby sign language teacher since Fall 2000
  • Hop to Signaroo classes have been offered through Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Centers, Evergreen Hospital, local community colleges and educational centers, and through the Childbirth Education Association of Seattle
  • After more than a decade of highly successful community partnerships, Nancy has now shifted her main focus to classes in clients’ homes, which most busy parents prefer
  • Conducted American Sign Language staff trainings for Sno-Isle and King County Libraries’ Children’s Librarians
  • A pioneer in the field of American Sign Language for hearing families and one of the first teachers creating and providing classes in North America
  • Hosted instructors from Tokyo who visited Hop to Signaroo classes to gather ideas for developing a similar program for families in Japan
  • In 2009, worked with the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Center for Disability Policy Research to serve as their Study Recruiter for their Quality of Life Study for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Teens
  • Experience teaching hearing babies and adults, deaf and hard of hearing children, regular education students and children with special needs

Speaking Engagements

  • Highly-requested guest speaker conducting hundreds of small and large group presentations for thousand of parents and childcare professionals
  • Featured presenter at several infant and early education conferences and through numerous parenting groups including Seattle Families of Multiples, Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), Swedish New Moms and Babies, and Evergreen New Parents and Babies
  • Popular guest speaker and STARS presenter for programming through King County Libraries and Sno-Isle Libraries

Media Accolades

  • Featured in more than a dozen local and national media outlets including newspapers, magazines, blogs, the Life Magazine insert of the Chicago Tribune and the L.A. Times, Seattle Times, Seattle P.I., Shrink Rap Radio, and in a Learning for Life segment on KING 5 News
  • Named “A Person You Should Know” in recognition of entrepreneurial endeavors by Seattle Magazine – visit our Recent Press page
  • Three-time winner and two-time finalist for Seattle’s Best Parent Education Class, as well as four-time finalist for Seattle’s Best Infant and Toddler Class in Parent Map Magazine’s Golden Teddy Awards
  • One-time winner and three-time finalist for Seattle’s Most Awesome Language Class in Red Tricycle’s Most Awesome Awards

Product Development

  • Creator of Roo-minder Rings American Sign Language Instruction and Reminder Cards ™
  • Creator of the copyrighted Hop to Signaroo curriculum, an original class developed with Nancy’s 20+ years of professional, educational experience and training – not a curriculum purchased as part of a multi-level marketing business approach, as is the case with many baby sign language classes

Currently all Hop to Signaroo classes are taught solely by Nancy, so rest assured you will be learning from a credentialed professional with vast experience and knowledge in this field of study!

“My Hop to Signaroo classes have been an absolute joy and the highlight of my career as a teacher! I’ve been thrilled with the response I’ve received to my classes, presentations and materials. It’s been so gratifying to work with parents and babies and empower them with a skill that will strengthen their bond, initiate early communication and reduce their frustration. I hope to meet you and your little one in a class soon.”

Nancy Hanauer – Hop to Signaroo Founder