All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp II by Sabrina Smith

  • 02 Mar 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant provided by Marla Pollack present...

“All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp II”

 Presented by Sabrina Smith, PhD


Registration due by March 1st

VIEW FLYER & FORM: 3.2.19 Sabrina docx.docx

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019

           9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

         Non-Members - $75.00

         VRID Students/Grant participants- Free

Send checks/registration form to:

Northern Virginia Community College C/O Paula Debes Reece

ASL Interpreter Education Department, Room CM 308

8333 Little River Turnpike

Annandale, VA. 22003-3796

Location: NVCC

         8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

         Building CN, Room 227

NOTE: Certificates of Attendance will be given at conclusion, Parking is open in Lot B or garage, Coffee and Refreshments will be provided in the morning

Workshop Information: 

Boot Camp II is a continuation of Boot Camp I and is about working hard and eliminating fears. By the time the workshop is over most participants will feel comfortable interpreting in front of others and challenged to go out and seek further practice to hone their skills. This workshop will analyze the importance of expressive skills using techniques such as acting out the message in order to show the meaning rather than focusing on the word. Participants will recognize patterns in ASL to English skills by completing activities in this area. The workshop starts from basic spelling activities and continues with interactive activities including showing rather than signing, voicing when there are no signs, chunking, simultaneous, and finally cold voicing work.

Presenter Biography: Sabrina T. Smith, PhD

Sabrina Smith has been involved in the interpreting field for over 20 years. She is Nationally certified through RID: CI and CT, as well as NIC Master and Ed:K-12. She works as an educational interpreter and has been interpreting in the school system for over 17 years in elementary, middle and high school settings. She also works as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications where she has been employed over 10 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, an instructor at local community colleges, and as a performing arts interpreter for theatre’s and concert venues in her area. She served as the Region II delegate for IEIS (Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings) from 2015-17. She has presented various workshops across the country, and also presented abroad in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at

ADA Accommodations must be requested by March 1, 2019 contact Marla Pollack ( or Paula Debes (


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