LaToya Childs, MSML, BSIT, CI, CoreCHI
LaToya Childs is a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter. After acquiring her Associates degree from Georgia Perimeter College, she went on to take her Quality Assurance Screening to become credentialed at the state level. Wanting to continue her education, she pursued her bachelor’s degree from Troy University. Valuing education she decided to return to school and work towards her master’s degree in management and leadership.
Interpreting is not only LaToya’s career, but it is also her passion. She has held many leadership roles at both the state and national level. She has served as the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Region II Interpreters in Education Setting representative. In addition, she has volunteered as a member at large on the national level for the Interpreters and Transliterators of Color group. LaToya has served on the state level as the member at large for Georgia Registry of Interpreters for Deaf. She wanted to serve the organization National Alliance of Black Interpreters more, so she volunteered as Vice-President and is currently serving as Secretary.
LaToya believes professional development for interpreters is imperative for growth. She has developed multiple workshops for various organizations with captivating titles such as “Conquering the Testing Room,” “Self-Analysis and Deliberate Practice Tools for Success,” and “Best Practices for Educational Interpreting.” She is in the process of creating an intensive mentoring program for NAOBI-Atlanta as well as serving as mentor committee chair and voicing immersion coordinator. LaToya takes pride in a job well done, and watching new interpreters grow in the profession.
Diversity shapes our identity especially in the field of interpreting. Understanding and respecting different cultures is imperative to the success of an interpreter. We work daily between two cultures and two languages so respecting diversity is the start of establishing a successful interpreting career. Embracing the differences we see in each other and bridging the gap by appreciating diversity builds relationships that cannot easily be broken.