Michelle Moyer

April 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words, and for Michelle Moyer, it’s all in a days work. Find out how this interpreter also came to be a photographer, blogger, and amateur cook. You may need a nap with her schedule!

A picture is worth a thousand words, and for Michelle Moyer, it’s all in a days work. Find out how this interpreter also came to be a photographer, blogger, and amateur cook. You may need a nap with her schedule!

Michelle came from a hearing family with no Deaf family members. She was not even sure if interpreting was her calling, but after her father suggested she attend a class, she found her career. Michelle was introduced to ASL at church, where weekly services were interpreted for Deaf members. She started teaching herself the alphabet and some signs. It was not long before she fell in love with the beauty of ASL. Watching the interpreters became a habit, and before she knew what was happening she was hooked.

She attended Waubonsee college at her father’s urging. He had found out about the program to support his daughter. She agreed to take one semester then re evaluate her options, as she was still not 100% “sure” if she wanted to pursue an interpreting degree. By the time that semester was finished, she was hooked. Once she had started this learning sign language, she could not stop. She has not looked back since!

In 2009 Michelle completed the ITP at Waubonsee and began her interpreting career. Her first interpreting assignment was at a high school, which she enjoyed but found to be too routine. She decided that college interpreting was more her style. The college setting appeals to her keen intellect and outgoing personality. “I love the discussions and battle of ideas (found in many college classes)” says Moyer.

One area of interpreting that intrigues Michelle is theatrical interpreting. Although her experience in this arena is limited, she knows from recent exposure at the 2013 IRID conference that this is an area she feels a connection to. She even dreams of attending the Gate Communications Theatrical Interpreting workshop known as Bringing the Stage to Life (BSL).

Currently, Michelle holds a valid yellow Illinois license. She plans to re test in the future. As for right now, her licensure level happens to be perfect for one of her favorite assignments: college classes. Other than interpreting, you will find Michelle blogging on her lifestyle blog http://www.homespungrace.com , taking photos, or cooking. An entrepreneur at heart, Michelle loves to learn new things and start new projects.

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