Welcome to

    American Sign Language!
    I am blessed to have been teaching American Sign Language at Andover High School since we opened in 2002.  I teach ASL1 and ASL2 and the best part of my job is our students here at Andover!  I encourage all students to complete a minimum of 2 years of a language to prepare for college.  BONUS:  Taking a language uses the creative side of your brain and has been proven to make you smarter!
    Before coming to the Anoka District, I worked for the District 916 EARS Program teaching mainstreamed hard of hearing students.  I graduated from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD) in 1984 with teaching degrees in both Deaf Education and Elementary Education.  
    My husband and I have 3 grown daughters and we are empty nesters in Maple Grove.  We enjoy home projects, vacationing, and entertaining.  I also enjoy walking and reading in my spare time. 
    Thank you for supporting World Language learning and exposing your student to Deaf Culture.  I am excited to work with your student and watch them grow in their ASL skills.  Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have.
     Mrs.Debra Backer
    Mrs. Debra Backer
    Grades 9th-12th / ASL 1, ASL 2
    Andover High School
    2115 Andover Blvd, Andover, MN 55304
    Best way to contact:  debra.backer@ahschools.us
    1st Term Substitute
    Rene Martinez
  • Teaching Schedule:
       Tri 1
     Tri 2
     Tri 3
     Period 1

    ASL 1A

    ASL 2A ASL 2B
     Period 2
    ASL 1A
    ASL 1B
    ASL 1B 
     Period 3
    ASL 1A ASL 1B
     Period 4

     Period 5