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Mentor Training Program

The Mentor Training program was designed as a four-month, 10 module online community of learning that focused on reflecting on one's own journey of learning and how to extrapolate those experiences when working and mentoring others. The program utilized current interpreting models and frameworks paired with critical race theory as the lens of the discussion. The modules were designed as a continuation of each participant's path of dialogic engagement, from the Legal Interpreter Training, paired with the tools to pay it forward with colleagues in their local communities.

Program Information

  • Program Results

    This Mentor Training program served to increase the number and quality of mentors in legal settings.

    Pie chart for overall impact of the Mentor Training Program

    Of the 75 participants across 4 cohorts, 62 participants (82.7%) were Project CLIMB's target audience of Deaf, Coda, & POC.

    Pie chart showing break down of hearing, Coda, & Deaf participants in the Mentor Training Program

    Of the 75 participants, 47 participants (62.6%) were Project CLIMB's target audience of Deaf & Coda.

     Pie chart showing break down of White & BIPOC participants in the Mentor Training Program

    Of the 75 participants, 31 participants (41.3%) were Project CLIMB's target audience of BIPOC.

  • Program Map

    The Mentor Training program covered various topics that resulted in a comprehensive training for interpreters mentoring skills development in legal settings

    The curriculum consisted of 10 modules. The Mentor Training program modules are:

    • Module 1: Adult Learning Principles
    • Module 2: Demand Control Schema
    • Module 3: Role Space
    • Module 4: Integrated Model of Interpreting
    • Module 5: Growth Mindset
    • Module 6: Scaffolding and Discussion Techniques
    • Module 7: Facilitating a Community of Learning
    • Module 8: Mentoring Conversations in Practice
    • Module 9: IMI Data Analysis
    • Module 10: Activities, Resources, and Wrapping Up

    The Program Map for the Mentor Training program served as an “at-a-glance” reference guide that participants used to see the overall flow for program's modules.

  • Time Commitment

    The 10 module curriculum totaled 40 hours of training and took participants an average of 4-6 hours per module over the length of the training.

Program Cohorts

Project CLIMB recognizes the hard work and dedication of the participants who have successfully completed* the Mentor Training program. To search for qualified interpreters / mentor, visit the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) website.

*Successful completion does not provide endorsement of the participant's language fluency or skills as an interpreter / mentor.

Cohort Four (Spring 2021)

by first name; NOTE: 1st column is first names starting with A-D, 2nd column is E-K, 3rd column is L-P, and 4th column is R-W.

  • Amie Pease
  • Amy Dawson
  • Antonio Goodwin
  • Chrystal Honorable
  • Churyl Zeviar
  • Danille Strom
  • Donna Walker
  • Eloisa Williams
  • Erin Sanders Sigmon
  • Heather Benjamin
  • Heather Schmerman
  • Jennifer Gates
  • Joanna Hughes
  • Kendra Timko Hochkeppel
  • Letitia Bynoe
  • Mah-rya Proper
  • Marlowe Wilson
  • Maurita Villarreal
  • Melissa Klindtworth
  • Pamela D'Occhio
  • Pamela Taylor
  • Rachel Newbury
  • Robin Babb
  • Rossio Zavala Perez
  • Sarah Brown
  • Sarah Himmelmann
  • Tia Ivanko
  • Veronica "Roni" Lepore
  • Walter Matthews

Cohort Three (Winter 2021)

by first name; NOTE: 1st column is first names starting with A-H, 2nd column is J-K, 3rd column is L-P, and 4th column is S-T.

  • Alicia Mcclurkan
  • Alyssa Kurth
  • Brent Tracy 
  • Carla Shird
  • Catherine (Catie) Eller
  • Earnestine (LaVerne) Lowe
  • Heather Schmerman
  • Janice K. Evans
  • Jenny Buechner
  • Jethro Griffin
  • Joanne Smith-Malinka
  • Joe Toledo 
  • John Izaguirre
  • Katrina Watton
  • Kris Courson
  • LaShawnda Lowe
  • Leticia (Letty) Moran
  • Mona Mehrpour
  • Pamela Duncan
  • Patrick Harris
  • Pauline Ballentine
  • Phyllis (Dora) Rifkin
  • Scottie Allen
  • Shawn Vriezen
  • Susan Elizabeth Rangel
  • Tara Roth
  • Tiffany Green
  • Tracy Cummins

Cohort Two (Fall 2020)

by first name; NOTE: 1st column is first names starting with A-N and 2nd column is R-T.

  • Austin Andrews
  • Carie Barrett
  • John Izaguirre
  • Naomi Sheneman
  • Rachel Kleist
  • Shawn Vriezen
  • Tara Roth
  • Tiffany Green

Cohort One (2018-2019)

by first name; NOTE: 1st column is first names starting with B-F, 2nd column is G-K, 3rd column is M, and 4th column is P-T.

  • Ben Hall
  • Ellen Roth
  • Fatima Silvestre
  • Gloria Vargas
  • Jen Patterson
  • Keri Richardson
  • Margie English
  • Maria Izaguirre
  • Marva Johnson
  • Melanie Deleon
  • Patty Moers-Patterson
  • Russ Ross
  • Sandra Peplinksi
  • Ty Blake-Holden

Grant Recognition

The contents of the Project CLIMB website was developed under a grant (#H160D160001) from the Department of Education. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education. Do not assume endorsement by the Federal government.

As of December 31, 2021, this grant project is no longer active or soliciting applications.
This website will remain available as a resource.

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