Bettie T. Petersen, M.Ed., has worked in early intervention at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe, NM for the past 12 years. She obtained her M.Ed. from Utah State University in Deaf Education Early Intervention in 2006. She is currently working on a PhD in Educational Linguistics at the University of New Mexico. Her area of focus is sign language acquisition for deaf/hard of hearing children with hearing parents. She loves teaching and learning with families and spending time with her husband and two daughters.