Gretchen O'Keefe-Ricci

Job Title


Language: American Sign Language

Started at Bethel



  • St. Olaf College - B.A. in Social Work, 2000
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - M.Ed. in Deaf Education, 2004


Gretchen Ricci is an instructor for American Sign Language at Bethel University. She is also a full-time teacher at Chaska High School where she teaches ASL I–ASL III classes to hearing students who are learning ASL as a second language. In addition, she is a graduate student through the Ed.D. program in Educational Administration at Bethel University.

During her non-teaching days, she enjoys spending time with her two beautiful children who are hearing, ages 6 and 4. She also enjoys reading books and watching movies.

Certificates and Licenses

  • MN K-12 Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • MN K-12 American Sign Language

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

  • Minnesota Loon American Sign Language Teacher Association (MinnLoon ASLTA)
  • National American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA)
  • Professional Development Committee, Chaska High School, Chaska, MN
  • Diversity Council, Chaska & Chanhassen High School, Chaska, MN
  • Deaf Advisory Board Committee, American Sign Language Interpreting Services (ASLIS)
  • MN Loon ASLTA Treasurer, Minnesota Loon ASLTA organization
  • Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), District #112, Chaska, MN
  • Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE)


Teaching specialty

Language: American Sign Language