Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Maryanne graduated from the Interpreting Training program at Los Angeles Pierce College back when Hector was a pup. In the ensuing 30+ years, she has obtained a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oklahoma, the Certificate of Transliteration and the Certificate of Interpretation from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID.org) - not necessarily in that order. She also fells blessed to have worked with some premier interpreters who taught her the craft, and trained her as a workshop presenter, diagnostician and mentor at the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge. Since 1999, she has made her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she has worked in private practice and as a staff interpreter and trainer for Tulsa Community College. Now semi-retired, she prefers to work with the next generation of interpreters and share with them all of the wisdom so many had imparted to her.
Mentor: A Counselor and Guide
7th grade was the first year the students went from class to class instead of the teachers coming to us. I thought I would never get used to it. And I thought I would never get used to my literature teacher.
She was tall, thin, wore glasses and had the longest fingernails I had ever seen. She tended to lean on her desk, chin rested on one palm while the other hand tapped out some sort of code. I always thought it was a code, although looking back I expect she was straining to keep her patience with us. We just weren’t getting the importance of Abraham and Isaac, or Gilgamesh.
Then we returned from the Christmas break and something was different. The room was decorated from floor to ceiling with movie posters an, art work. We all walked in, eyes drinking in the vibrant colors, our faces creased with puzzled expressions.
She introduced us to Greek Mythology. We saw Rossanna Podesta as Helen of Troy; Todd Armstrong as Jason led his Argonauts; Steve Reeves completed the labors of Hercules.
I was hooked. My favorite story was the Odyssey by Homer. It is long, and pretty dry in parts, but it is also full of adventure, heroes and fate. When Odysseus departed to fight at Troy, he left a companion in charge of his family, his household, and his son. That man’s name was Mentor.
It is from him we get the word we use to mean a trusted counselor or guide.
All those years ago, I had one in Miss Franco.
I hope to do someone the service she did me.
I hope if you find yourself feeling like you need a breakthrough, like you just cannot figure out what the next step in your growth and development needs to be, you will consider contacting me.
My style includes a little diagnostic, a lot of conversation, and an opportunity to interact with someone who will listen and help you find the way to being able to analyze and improve your own work.
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