Julie Armendariz received her degree from the American Sign Language and Interpreter Training Department at San Antonio College. She was hired on as a Staff Interpreter and remained at SAC for two more years. In 2005, she was hired on as a part-time staff interpreter at UTB. The following year, she accepted a position as a full-time Staff Interpreter with Disability Services at the university. She currently holds a Level II certification with DHHS-BEI and resides in Harlingen with her husband and son.
Interpreter for the Deaf, NC
Maria Cabanillas, born and raised in Brownsville, TX, also hard of hearing herself, began interacting with the Deaf community in 2006. As a hard of hearing individual, her ability to grasp the visual language of American Sign Language was almost natural. She progressively learned American Sign Language and began acquiring knowledge in the field of Interpretation by attending a sign language bible study group in which deaf, hard of hearing, and sign language interpreters attend. Her consistent interaction with the Deaf community proved true that the best way to acquire a language is to be fully immersed. After only seven months of signing with the Deaf, she was invited to work as a part-time interpreter for UTB. Beginning as an interpreter positioned in the vocational/technical programs she has now become an important asset to our senior Bachelorette seeking students. After working part-time for two and a half years, half-time for a little under a year, she accepted a full-time position as an Interpreter for the Deaf in 2010.