NAD 2022


Thursday June 30, 2022: Presentation Slides and Resources

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About NAIE:

The National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) empowers educational interpreters to promote best practices and to enhance the education of deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind (DHHDB) students. NAIE believes DHHDB students have the right to access professional interpreting services. NAIE recognizes interpreters working in educational settings must possess specialized academic and professional credentials that include knowledge and skills for the educational environment. Interpreters must also adhere to a high standard of ethical practices and professional integrity, as well as, pursue excellence through professional development opportunities that continually enhance the quality of the services provided. NAIE values and respects the relationship between an interpreter, student, and members of the educational team and encourages collaboration to reach a common goal. (

Presenter Bios & Contact:

Stephanie Zito, MS, NIC is the lead Technical Assistance Specialist with the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC). She is also a certified sign language interpreter and trained C-Print captionist. After studying interpreting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Prior to working at NDC, Stephanie primarily worked as an interpreter and captionist in postsecondary settings as well as in the community. Currently, she serves as President for the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE). Stephanie has also devoted much of her time volunteering and consulting with local, state, and national nonprofit organizations on various initiatives including coordinating professional development, legislative advocacy, and leadership training. (Email: 

Deb CatesDeborah Cates, PhD, oversees the Sign Language Proficiency Interview and Iowa educational interpreter professional development in the Outreach Department at the Iowa School for the Deaf. She is also the vice president for the National Association of Interpreters in Education, the Iowa representative for the TASK-12 project, an instructor for the ITP at LaGuardia Community College, the contracted content expert for the EIPA with Boys Town National Research Hospital, and a nationally recognized presenter. She has a Ph.D. in Linguistics, an EIPA 4.7 in Secondary PSE, a Mid-America QAST Level V in Interpreting, and dual interpreting licensure in Nebraska and Iowa. (Email:



Kristen Guynes, PhD is a faculty instructor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University.  As a certified educational interpreter and DHH teacher, she worked with DHH PK-12 students for eleven years prior to transitioning to her current position.  She is honored to have been an author on the Professional Standards and Guidelines for Interpreters in Educational Settings (NAIE, 2019) and is currently working on several research projects related to DHH and ASL education. (Email: 


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