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 35 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.
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 35 years Brenda was the Chair of the Sign Language / Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing Michigan. In 2019 she retired from that position and now she will be able to devote even more time to Signing Savvy.
Brenda is the author of several best selling textbooks from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Press: Sign Language Interpreting: Exploring Its Art and Sciences, Encounters With Reality:1001 Interpreting Scenarios, Fingerspelling in American Sign Language, Numbering in American Sign Language, Multiple Meanings in American Sign Language, Lessons and Activities in American Sign Language, Principles of Interpreting in American Sign Language.