Santa Michael Chapman, Guest Instructor
"Signing Santa" Mike Chapman has been a professional American Sign Language interpreter for 33 years. In high school and college he was involved in Speech Team, Drama Team (including performing in multiple stage performances) and has been in both a mime troop and a clowning troop. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and has completed an Interpreter Training Program to become an ASL Interpreter.
While still in college, he performed as a Santa once for extended family and thoroughly enjoyed it, secretly hoping to do it again in the future. He finally got the chance when, in 2019, he was asked to volunteer as Santa at a Signing Santa event at a local mall. He followed up that experience the same evening by volunteering as a Signing Santa at a local non-profit serving Deaf people for their annual Christmas Party.
That same mall called him back in 2020 and Santa Mike became their full-time Santa. Since then, he has also done virtual visits for families and group events, as well as other Signing Santa visits.
Mike recently shared his experiences working with Deaf people at the Worldwide Santa Claus Summit this past April. He has also taught sign language classes at his church for many years.
In his spare time Santa Mike likes to perform cosplay as Santa-related characters, most recently appearing as "Obi-Claus Kenobi" at Raleigh's GalaxyCon Sci-Fi/Comic Convention.
A native of Oregon, Santa Mike has lived in North Carolina for over 25 years with his wife Beth. Beth is also training to become a Mrs. Claus. Santa Mike and Beth have 2 children in their 20s, and they will mark their 31st wedding anniversary at the Northern Lights Fall 2021 session. We are excited to welcome Santa Mike to our team of instructors!
Based out of the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area, the Northern Lights Santa Academy is the largest Santa school in the Southeastern United States, serving Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses and Santa's Helpers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as throughout the country. For more information about our Santa school, please contact us.
Northern Lights Santa Academy
PO Box 29160
Atlanta, GA 30359