Lia Bengtson

Project Manager

Language, Education, and Culture

202-651-5206 (alt)


Lia Bengtson, MA, is a Project Manager, focusing on K-12 content and resources, at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The Clerc Center is dedicated to improving the academic achievement of deaf and hard of hearing students.  Ms. Bengtson earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Anthropology from Beloit College and her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. She taught middle school social studies for nine years to deaf and hard of hearing students at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Bengtson believes representation for all students and historical accuracy matter; and education should provide students the tools to become effective communicators and critical thinkers. To that end, she focused her teaching on making content accessible to students in both American Sign Language and English, as well as broadening students' perspectives beyond the traditional narratives of standard history lessons, and by encouraging students to question assumptions and explore a variety of perspectives. In her current role at the Clerc Center, Ms. Bengtson is working to build on this work and broaden the impact of effective bilingual education for deaf and hard of hearing students nationwide.

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