Department Chair and Assistant Professor, American Sign Language
Location: SAC D-422
VideoPhone: (714) 988-2205
Heather Arazi received her BA in Elementary Education from Gallaudet University. She then received her MA in Deaf Education from California State University, Northridge and an MA in Administration and Supervision.
Heather taught Deaf children for ten years before joining Santa Ana College as an Assistant Professor in fall of 2019.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family and learning Jiu Jitsu.
Monica J. Collins
Professor, American Sign Language
Location: SAC D-412
Voice: (714) 564-6544
VideoPhone: (714) 660-3075
Monica Collins began her career at Santa Ana College in 2006 as the Coordinator of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students and the Sign Language Program. In 2014, the ASL department was established in the Humanities and Social Sciences division and she was able to focus one hundred percent of her time and energy on the ASL Department.
After receiving her BS in Deaf Education from Illinois State University, she worked many years as a teacher of the Deaf in Minnesota, Wyoming, and Iowa. In 1993, she received her MS in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling of the Deaf from Western Oregon State College, now known as Western Oregon University. She worked for the California Department of Rehabilitation several years in Lancaster, the Monterey Bay area, and San Diego before coming to Santa Ana College. Monica also has a certificate in Rehabilitation Administration from San Diego State University.
Throughout that time, Monica worked as a professional sign language interpreter in a variety of settings; post-secondary education and live musical performances being two of her favorites!
When she has the time, Monica enjoys kayaking and hiking! She is a passionate LA Clippers and Seattle Seahawks fan and loves her critter family.
Assistant Professor, American Sign Language
Location: SAC D-422
Voice: (714) 564-6892
VideoPhone: (714) 988-2250
Elizabeth Smith, a California native, received her BS in Anthropology from Biola University in 2006 and her MS in Anthropology from Biola University in 2011. She also received her Interpreting Training Certificate from Golden West College and currently holds her National Interpreter Certification (NIC) through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
Before joining Santa Ana College as an Assistant Professor, Elizabeth taught American Sign Language in a variety of post-secondary institutions and was an interpreter at Santa Ana College and in the Deaf community.
In her free time, Elizabeth likes to read and spend time with her husband and three kids.