About me

My name is Leah Geer (Zarchy). My English pronouns are she/her/hers, my Spanish pronoun is ella, and in ASL, pronouns are ungendered, so for personal pronouns use this 👉handshape, and for possessive pronouns, use this handshape. I am an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at California State University, Sacramento. I received a PhD in linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I attended New Mexico State University where I majored in Kinesiology. After becoming increasingly interested in motor learning and development, I attended Gallaudet University for a Master's degree in Linguistics, allowing for a fusion of interests in motor skill acquisition combined with signed language acquisition. In July 2020, I co-authored a routine-based ASL curriculum designed for families with young deaf children called ASL at Home along with supplemental curriculum materials available at our webstore or our Teachers Pay Teachers store. We're working on our 2nd edition with the help of a successful Kickstarter. Learn more about that here!

In case you're wondering, "What's with the two last names?" Here's a brief explanation.

For publications and presentations I go by "Geer" because that's the name I'd already published under before I got married. At Sacramento State, I go by, "Zarchy." So, if you want to find my presentations or publications, search under "Geer," but if you want to sign up for my classes, look under "Zarchy." In addition, there's a new tab on my website called, "Dr Z Tips" which is dedicated to my Instagram tip series in blog format.


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leah [dot] geer [at] csus [dot] edu

Office hours: Fall 2022

  • Monday: 2:00-3:30pm

  • Wednesday: 1:00-2:30pm

Office hours are in person by default but if you need a virtual option, please email me in advance and I'll arrange a Zoom link. If you're not able to come during my scheduled office hours, please click here to make an appointment with me on Calendly. Be sure to indicate on the appointment if you need an interpreter; all meetings are conducted in ASL.