Spring can then choose to continue her training and become a Video Relay Service interpreter, a person who helps deaf clients easily communicate with friends and family using a Skype-esque computer program.
There are many different settings for interpreting in the professional world, Spring said. She is interested in eventually working as a legal interpreter or teaching interpreting at a college level.
Spring said she would love to help develop interpreting preparation programs in the Otsego County area someday, so that more deaf people could have the chance to efficiently communicate with loved ones.
“I don’t know that there’s that much awareness back home in the small towns,” Spring said.
As a girl growing up in Otego, Spring did not have much experience with deaf individuals, interpreting, or American Sign Language, she said. Now, it’s her passion.
“When I would see people signing, I would think, ‘Oh, that’s neat,’ but I never imagined I would be doing this,” Spring said. “The School-to-Work program is an amazing program with so many opportunities, and I am so thankful to God and my family for all the many blessings I have.”