Brenda Cartwright is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher and well known presenter. She is a child of deaf parents (her cat's name is Coda). She is an ASL purist. With over 30 years of teaching sign language and interpreting, she knows that in every day conversations all forms of sign language are used but believes passionately that her job is to teach ASL just like it is an English teacher's job to teach students to speak and write pure English.
In addition to serving on the Signing Savvy Sign Language Advisory Board, Brenda was a member of the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH) Advisory Council for the State of Michigan for 25 years. Brenda has received several awards, including Honorary Phi Kappa Zeta from Gallaudet University, Distinguished Service Award from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and Interpreter of the Year from Michigan Association for the Deaf.
Her undergraduate degree is in Deaf Education from Ball State University and her master's degrees are in Deaf Education and Education from Indiana University. She holds several certificates from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, including a Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC), Certificate of Interpretation (CI), and Certificate of Transliteration (CT).
For the last 30 years Brenda has been the Chair of the Sign Language / Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing Michigan.
Brenda is the author of several best selling textbooks from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Press: