- Ph.D., University of Arizona, Language, Reading and Culture, 2000.
- M.Ed., Western Maryland College (presently McDaniel College), Deaf Education, 1987.
- B.S., University of Nebraska, Elementary Education, 1986.
Laurene E. Simms is a Professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. After graduating from the Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis, Indiana, she received a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a M.Ed. in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland. She received a Ph.D. Degree in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Laurene has hands-on experience in the implementation of a bilingual/multicultural educational environment for diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and is an acknowledged expert on the topic of using ASL/English as the languages of instruction.