Through PDX Loves Signing, Carissa Martos is able to offer affordable interpreting services for your community events
Carissa has been working mostly in educational interpreting, and so took Boystown Hospital's EIPA (Educational Interpreters' Performance Assessment) and earned a 3.8 score. Combined with passing the written portion of this exam, this means she is able to work in both Oregon and Washington as an educational interpreter, even with the passage of Washington's new law pertaining to K-12 educational interpreters. She's preparing to take the EIPA performance in order to better reflect her current skills. Currently, she mainly substitutes in Washington and does part-time post-secondary work, as her graduate studies preclude a full-time job in a school district.
Carissa also passed the knowledge portion of the National Interpreter's Certification test created by RID and the NAD (the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the National Association of the Deaf). In light of RID's decision to initiate a moratorium on certification exams beginning in 2016 (which impacts the NIC written timeline), Carissa has begun to look for places and opportunities to take the BEI.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of California in Berkeley and is working towards a MS in Education with a focus on Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing education at Western Oregon University. While she completed one year of a formal interpreter training program, she found it did not match her learning style, and when she discovered the dearth of post-bac programs, began studying independently with mentors (both Deaf and hearing) and taking workshops in order to learn the craft. Carissa is familiar with many different signing styles, having lived with and learned from Deaf individuals throughout most of her tenure in Portland.
She has also done HIPPA and Blood-Borne pathogen training, Medical Terminology training, and can provide her ACET transcripts.
Some of Carissa's fun (and public) work, to date is below
Carissa has now been interpreting professionally for nearly five years, and is still looking for new experiences interpreting meetings, performances, events, for families and at doctors' appointments. She currently works in post-secondary education, as a substitute educational interpreter in a local school districts, and does various freelance work as she studies.
What is she studying? Well, aside from maintaining a full-time graduate class-load, 75-100% of which is taught in ASL by Deaf professors (depending on the term) at a school 90 minutes from home, she is preparing for her performance exams. She has passed all the tests required by her graduate program, but is looking at the BEI and researching where to take that exam...still, she is able to take some weekday, overnight and weekend work.
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PDX Loves Signing, LLC
Carissa Martos, Interpreter
408 SE 28th Ave, Portland Oregon 97214