Leilani Johnson Leadership Award

Leilani Johnson Leadership in Educational Interpreting Award

This prestigious award is designated to an interpreter who works in education, recognized as a visionary, has demonstrated leadership qualities, and has proven to be an interpreter who has had an impact on the profession as well as educational arenas.

Nominations for 2018 Now Closed


Past Recipients:
2017 –

Marilyn Sterner

Marilyn has been an educational interpreter for over twenty years and has made a significant difference in the field by becoming a mentor to both emerging interpreters entering the field as well as working colleagues. She dedicates time during the school day, and even after school hours, supporting interpreters to reach their full potential so they can provide quality services to the deaf and hard of hearing students. Marilyn is professional, ethical, and goes to bat for the needs of interpreters. She provides in-services to the educational team so that they have a better understanding of the work of an educational interpreter and she is an advocate for deaf students. 

2016 –

Leilani Johnson 

In June 2016, at the NAIE inaugural national conference, the Board of Directors announced the installation of the Leilani Johnson Leadership Award by presenting Leilani with the award.  Leilani has been a visionary, champion and leader in the field of educational interpreting for over 25 years.   This award, named in Leilani Johnson’s honor, will be presented annually to an interpreter working in education that exemplifies the leadership qualities that Johnson has demonstrated during her career.