American Translators Association names Sanchez as winner of 2018 School Outreach Program Award
The American Translators Association (ATA) announced that Jessica Sanchez, the interpreting coordinator for Fayette County Public Schools, will receive its 2018 School Outreach Program Award. More than 1,000 of her peers will salute Sanchez during ATA’s annual conference Oct. 24-27 in New Orleans.
“We are thrilled to honor her effort in reaching out to students to educate them about promising careers in translation and interpreting,” said Corinne McKay, ATA president. “Her winning entry is a fitting testament to the lasting success of ATA’s School Outreach Program, which raises awareness of the role that translators and interpreters play in business, government, and society at large.”
To qualify for the national award, applicants must belong to ATA or an ATA-affiliated organization and must deliver a presentation at a school of their choice. Sanchez presented outreach sessions to several classes at Harrison Elementary’s Career Day, teaching students the difference between an interpreter and a translator, and demonstrating how interpreting headset equipment works as they listened to narrated stories simultaneously interpreted.
“Jessica is an outstanding asset to Fayette County Public Schools. Her dedication to serving students and families is inspiring, and her focus on continuous improvement and outreach is unmatched,” said Lori Bowen, director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, who oversees the district’s Interpreting & Translation Services.