When Tami Grant headed into the offices of Sorenson Communications on March 6, she was expecting a routine staff meeting.
But that day was anything but routine.
Grant, who works as an American Sign Language interpreter, found out she had been named Sorenson Communications 2013 Interpreter of the Year for the Western Region.
Grant is also a full-time American Sign Language teacher at Washougal High School.
“I walked into the room, and they announced that someone in our center had won, and that it was me,” she said. “There was a lot of emotion. I was totally in shock because I work with some really fantastic interpreters. Being nominated by my peers was awesome.”
Sorenson Communications is the largest employer of ASL interpreters. Grant has worked there for five years, in addition to her teaching duties. Her office is a part of the Western Region, which includes 32 offices in locations from Portland to Chicago.
She is the first interpreter from the Northwest to win the honor.
Chris Wakeland, vice president of interpreting, announced Grant as the winner, saying she was chosen in part for her commitment to the deaf community in and outside of her work at Sorenson.