M. Ed., NIC
Mentoring Specialty Areas: Interpreting process: ASL to English, English to ASL, Mental Health, Healthcare, VRS, Education, Atypical Language
Cyndi has been a practicing interpreter for over 13 years, receiving her NIC from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in 2014. She earned her Master of Science degree in Secondary Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. For the first 6 years of her career, she focused primarily on education (K-12/post-secondary) and community interpreting. During this time, she also began working in the VRS field and continues to do so nearly a decade later.
After transitioning from educational interpreting, Cyndi began her medical interpreting work, where she has been for the past 7 years. She now primarily works as a staff interpreter for a major health system in Rochester, New York.
Throughout her career, Cyndi has had the privilege to mentor, tutor, and educate students, novice interpreters, and community members. She feels mentoring is the perfect blend of her passions for interpreting and teaching and believes mentoring is essential to improving in any field. Each mentoring session will be tailored to the mentee’s specific needs and goals, with a strong focus on developing self-analysis skills using guided questions, discussions, direct feedback, and custom-made activities. Cyndi adapts sessions in real time as needed to maintain a supportive yet challenging learning environment.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, puzzles, and crafting.
The Education 2 Excellence Program is provided by ASLIS and is supported by grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division.