Sheena McFeely was born in Hong Kong to an Irish father and Asian-European mother. Shortly after her parents’ discovery of Sheena being Deaf, America called their names. Upon their arrival in America, Sheena attended an oral school learning how to speak and hear sounds. At the age of 10, her parents realized that the method was not working effectively. Again, Sheena was transferred to a Deaf program called TRIPOD where she was free to learn sign language.
Being exposed to American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf role models, and having a strong support system from her family, Sheena has grown into a wife, mom, businesswoman, children’s book author, and speaker.
Sheena, the first in her family to attend college, graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications. A marriage and two children came next.
Thanks to her girls and drive, a few of Sheena’s proudest accomplishments are:
- founding The Pearls, awards program applauding Deaf women across America in 2011.
- creating ASL Nook in 2013, an online hub of ASL teaching webisodes, that has received acclaims from families and schools everywhere.
- writing a children’s book called Shay & Ivy Beyond the Kingdom in 2014.
- receiving a Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University in 2015.
- working closely with well-known companies such as Disney, Penguin Random House (Living Language), and Kickstarter.
- Speaking all over America at Deaf schools, colleges/universities, and conferences.
Her work has been featured in UpWorthy, KVUE ABC news, Kickstarter, Austin Woman Magazine, The Huffington Post, Mental_Floss, Deaf People, Ability Magazine, and The Nate Berkus Show.
Her heart is set on shaping media to accurately reflect Deaf people, Deaf culture, and ASL.
For inquiries, interviews, or consultations, please get in touch with Sheena.