Program Director and Professor of Sign Language Interpreting
I grew up with a great uncle who was deaf. His father didn’t allow him to learn to sign (“he’d look like a freak”), he wasn’t allow to get a job, get married, or drive a car. My uncle communicated through basic notes and some home signs/gestures. In spite of this, Uncle Harry tried to be independent. He’d ride his bike all over and he tried to teach us kids about the animals on the family farm.
His isolation and dependency on the family had a tremendous impact on me. Because of his life, I learned to sign, became an interpreter, and taught Deaf children. No Deaf person should be denied the opportunity to accomplish whatever they dream! The work we do here at Goshen College provides well trained interpreters who go out and bridge the communication gap between Deaf and hearing people.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
Indiana Chapter of RID (ICRID)
World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI)
Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT)
Doctoral Study – December 2016:
An Evaluation of an American Sign Language Interpreting Internship Program
In the fall of 2020, to combat the frustration of COVID and working from home, I decided to take a class at Goshen College. I took Christian Theologies and enjoyed it so much that I applied to be a matriculated student at Goshen College with a major in Bible and Religion.
As part of my studies at Goshen College, I took a course at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart. I am now a student at AMBS for a graduate certificate in Theological Studies.
I totally believe in the quote often attributed to Michelangelo:
“Ancora Imparo (Yet I am learning)”