How the ‘Hogwarts of Idaho’ helped a local teenager and hundreds of other deaf and blind students


GOODING — Step into a high school reading class on a weekday afternoon and you’ll likely hear teenagers chatting, laughing and telling stories.

But inside one classroom in a unique central Idaho school, around a dozen students aren’t using their voices to tell ‘The Three Little Pigs’; rather, they’re signing the story.

The teenagers are all deaf or hard of hearing and attend the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind. The first student to volunteer to stand in front of the class and sign part of the assignment is Reagan Sermon – an 18-year-old from Idaho Falls.

“I love this school and I wish I came here my whole life,” Reagan tells “ASL is my native language which I learned first before I was speaking English.”

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