About Summer

Creative media extraordinaire, focusing on projects that both educate and entertain.

Having an affinity for language and cultures, I obtained my Master’s degree in Deaf Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University and am currently pursuing my second Master’s degree in Digital Literacy and a certificate in Educational Technology from the University of Texas, Rio Grande. 

I periodically teaches ASL to deaf adults at Austin Community College and Deaf Studies courses through Gallaudet University’s online degree program. I specialize in educational technology, development of online curricula, language translation, & accessibility technologies.

With more than twenty years of filmmaking experience and more than eight years as an instructor within academia, I established The Giving Cypress, LLC, an educational media company, in 2014, to provide videography and educational consulting services.​ I also have a video production company, SummaLove Films, which is nested under The Giving Cypress, LLC.

As a creative,

  • I thrive in working on innovative creative projects that offer new perspectives
  • I am passionate about developing media that capture the beauty of culture and human communication  making these accessible to signing and non-signing communities
  • I  am eager to work in spaces where language and technology intersect and help make communication happen as natural as possible

While my educational background is in the Arts and Humanities as well as in Digital Media Literacy, I have developed a strong capability to translate dense academic language to a more colloquial and accessible form of visual media. I am adept in creativity, organization, production coordination as well as instructional design. Through my media company, I have provided contractual services for a wide range of educational media products to federally funded projects: National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, pepnet2, Communication Services for the Deaf, Gallaudet University, University of Texas Systems, SafePlace and Disability Rights of Texas.

Aside from teaching and consulting, I engage in projects that focus on environmental and social justice issues. You can find me volunteering at community events, providing media and accessibility services. When not working with technology, I engage in activities like trail running, dancing, traveling, and simply being outdoors.

“Summer has an uncanny talent for transitioning an idea from mere conjecture and transforming it into a full-fledged, well-structured plan of attack…she will go out and construct living and breathing projects that with special attention given to detail.”

Robyn Girard

Motion Designer, www.robyngirard.com

“Summer is a creative thinker and doer who makes those she works with feel very good about their developing skills. She is exactly the kind of teacher we all want to be.”

Linda Lytle

Co-Author, Turning The Tide: Making Lives Better for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Summer not just competent, but eloquent in ASL and English; she is a creative and critical thinker who is passionate about the future vitality of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.” 

Dr. H-Dirksen Bauman

Director of ASL Connect, Professor of ASL and Deaf StudiesDepartment, Gallaudet University

She is very respectful of others, she knows how to talk with people and answer their questions.

Martina Bienvenu

Professor and Chairperson, Gallaudet's 150th Anniversary

“I love working with Summer, she is full of energy, always willing to listen, and not afraid to try something new. Those are the qualities that make a successful team of filmmakers.”

Andres Otalora

Senior Filmmaker, National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes

During my graduate studies program, Summer’s encouragement, support, and thoughtful advice was very inspiring and helpful. She gave us a lot of insight into her world as a teacher as well as getting us to think about what we really wanted to achieve in our own work in the educational field. I wish I took more courses under her.”

Felicia Williams

M.A. Adjunct Instructor, Gallaudet University

“Summer is reliable and trustworthy. I cannot think of a slight reason to NOT continue using her services and knowledge. You will have no regret hiring this amazing artist!

Jasmine Garcia-Freeland

Teacher / Blogger / Artist

“Always searching for various types of digital media to use as a teaching tool-  I don’t think I’ve ever met a teacher who heavily immerses her students in the target language through contemporary media!” 

Dr. Raychelle Harris

Professor and Co-Founder, TrueWay ASL