Region 2 Notable Interpreters and Emerging Practitioners (Part 2 of 2)

Paul Ellis

Paul William Ellis, Speaker, Trainer, Mentor, Coach, Sign Language Interpreter and Minister, with a passion for adding value to people’s lives and helping them to reach their full potential. He is a native of Lexington, Mississippi and a resident of Birmingham, Alabama. Paul is the proud Covenant Father of five and great uncle of three “Angels”.Paul received his B.S. degree from Columbia Bible College, Columbia, SC, and a Master’s in Biblical Studies and a master’s degree in religious education from Birmingham Theological Seminary, Birmingham, Alabama. Over the years, Paul has served in the United States Air Force; served as a missionary in Japan; as Pastor in Okinawa, Japan; as Assistant Pastor in Birmingham, Alabama; as founder of International Institute of Deaf Services; as a Sign Language Interpreter for the Federal Government; as a Video Relay Interpreter in Birmingham, Alabama.Paul is now focused on establishing “Paul William Ellis LLC” as a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker.  Offering workshops, seminars, serving as keynote speaker and coach.

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.

Paris McTizic, NIC

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As a proud Afro-Latino, My roots stem from the vibrant and sunny South Florida. In 2015, I sought to further my education and dive deeper into one of the nation’s largest Deaf communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. While studying to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Interpretation from Gallaudet University (2017), I have been involved in several Deaf and interpreting organizations as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, D.C. chapter (NAOBI-DC) and the Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID) 

When I am not interpreting, I like to take naps or try out different ramen restaurants in D.C. 

I have always been a nerd of spoken languages. It wasn’t until my first ASL class that I knew that I wanted to become an interpreter. There’s something about the challenge and complexity of interpreting from one language to another that fascinates me. Also, being able to serve the Deaf community in ways that empowers them; using my privilege to make space for them as well as know when to take a back seat.  

Diversity is ultimately the fabric of our humanity. We all are diverse in more ways than none; it’s not just about being a Person of Color. I think when looking at the importance of diversity, one must look through the lens with open-mindedness and think about how one’s reality is NOT everyone else’s reality. Novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, once said that if you show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, [then] that is what they become. In other words, if we can grasp that everyone has their own experiences and stories to tell, then we can begin at a place of understanding rather than the opposite.