Superintendent's Letter

  • Greetings!

    Welcome to Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD)! My name is John A. Serrano, and I’m the new AASD superintendent. We are a day school serving over 180 deaf/hard of hearing children ages 3 – 21 in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Our mission is to provide a language-rich, student-centered
    learning environment through America Sign Language and English for the purpose of empowering our students to live independent, fulfilling lives and to become productive, contributing members of society. We are committed to providing an optimal English/ASL bilingual environment where our students can develop strong language and literacy foundation so they can thrive and become successful wherever they go in life. We strive to make everything here fully accessible because learning doesn’t only happen in classrooms but incidental learning also happens outside of the classroom on a daily basis. We have a dedicated group of faculty and staff who are committed to academic excellence and ensuring the success of each child at AASD. We continuously provide professional learning opportunities for our faculty and staff to stay on top of best practices in instruction and bilingualism in order to be best language models for our students. To support the whole-child approach, we also provide a wide array of opportunities and wrap-around services such as after-school programs, career exploration, athletics, counseling, spoken-English support, transition services, academic and social clubs and many more.

    We also believe that family involvement is important to ensuring a child’s success so we also provide opportunities for families and community members to get involved. We host a variety of family and community events, volunteering opportunities, American Sign Language classes and many more. We
    welcome and value family and community partnerships.

    I welcome you to explore the school website to learn what we’re all about. Let this be an invitation for you to come and visit us. For prospective students and families, if you are interested in visiting us or learning more about the school, please contact Marrie Tronolone, our Intake Coordinator. For
    community members, please contact Stacey Shapiro-Katz, our Outreach Coordinator.

    Here you’ll see that AASD is more than just a school, it’s a home away from home where each student’s potential is maximized and valued.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at jserrano@doe.k12.ga.us.

    With Panther Pride,

    John A. Serrano

    Superintendent