Staff Spotlight: Lindsey McDonald, Senior Intrepreter

Introduction written by Laurie Jachym

This week’s staff spotlight is on Lindsey McDonald. Lindsey is a Senior Interpreter for Interpreting Services at CPCC. She works with students in all areas of the college to provide Interpreting Services. Most days she is out traveling across the campuses to work with students, but we enjoy the times when Lindsey is in Disability Services. She has a fun-loving personality and adventurous spirit that she brings to the office. Here’s a Q&A with Lindsey to get to know her better!

Lindsey in NYC

Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?
A: I have worked part-time at CPCC since the Fall of 2006, but have been full-time since Fall 2010.

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: I have been an interpreter for the deaf since I graduated college.  The first three years after graduation I worked full time at a middle school and was the staff interpreter for one student.  Before that, I worked several retail jobs.

Q: What is your area/what are your areas of expertise?
A: My area of expertise is English and Reading classes. I am a stickler for grammar so I am often being asked to help make flyers, check emails, etc. I also enjoy working with newer interpreters, including the co-op students in the Interpreter Education program to help build their skills and confidence levels.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?
A: I enjoy the teamwork between the other interpreters and learning a little bit about a lot in the variety of classes we have.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: I enjoy going to the mountains as often as possible, camping with family and friends, and playing ball with my crazy dog.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: I can be quiet at times, but I love getting out, traveling and meeting new people!


Staff Spotlight: Sam McCord, Coordinator for Interpreting Services

Sam McCord

Sam McCord

Written by Laurie Jachym

Sam McCord is the resident “Veteran” in our department. He started working at the college 33 years ago, and he credits this as his first professional job. He continues to maintain a strong work ethic everyday, which is obvious to anyone who has worked with him. He recently won the “Eyes on You” award as a result of his passion and dedication to the college.

Sam is trained in Interpreting and American Sign Language (ASL). Sam not only coordinates Interpreting Services for CPCC, but he also provides Interpreting Services for students. When asked what he enjoys most about his job, he states that interpreting for students in the classroom and working with the Interpreting Team are his favorite aspects of the job.

Sam has many, many stories of all the interesting interpreting assignments that he has done over the years. He has interpreted classes in all the areas of the college (i.e. College and Career Readiness, Curriculum, and Corporate and Continuing Education). His stories range from interpreting basic skills classes in the Education Center to interpreting a kayaking class (yes he interpreted while riding in a kayak)!

Outside of working, some of Sam’s favorite things to do include spending time with his family, going to the theater, traveling, working in his yard, and playing spades. He has a fun-loving personality that is obvious to all who know him.

Sam’s work with deaf and hard of hearing students has been invaluable to the college. He connects very easily with students and strives to help them in any way that he can. He is also a strong advocate for Disability Services and for people with disabilities in general. He possesses a wealth of knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and continues to expand his understanding of the ADA by attending trainings and events in the community frequently.  Disability Services appreciates all that Sam has done over the years and continues to do to assist our students with incredible services.

Staff Spotlight: Rachel Megahan, Disability Counselor

Rachel with her 2 dogs

Written by Laurie Jachym

Rachel Megahan is currently the “Veteran” of the Disability Counselors. She has worked for Central Piedmont Community College for 5 years this July and has worked for the state of North Carolina for 9 years total this August.

Prior to working at CPCC, she previously worked for North Liberty School as a Language Facilitator for a deaf student with multiple disabilities and at Vocational Rehabilitation as a VR Counselor for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Unit. Her background and expertise is in Hearing Loss related disabilities (Deaf and Hard of Hearing). Rachel obtained her masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Auburn University, where she gained knowledge on a wide range of disabilities. Rachel has a unique background of education in the field as well as professional and personal experiences that have well prepared her for this position and make her a great fit for working with CPCC students.

When asked what she likes most about her job, Rachel said,

“I enjoy working with students.  I like making a difference for all of my students I work with.  The schedule is flexible and I do my best to be available for my students at any time during the day.”

Rachel is also very active and takes full advantage of the long breaks that CPCC offers! Her favorite activities to do in her downtime include hanging out with friends, bringing her dogs to the park for a swim, watching TV, walking and running, reading, and traveling.  She likes to travel to her hometown to visit her family farm as well.

She also loves experiencing new and different places. Here’s what she had to say about her big trip last year:

“Last summer, I went with a small group of people on a road trip out west for over 2 weeks.  We stopped so many places.  It was breath taking and amazing to see how in this one country can be so different from east coast to west coast.  It was worth it.”

Last but not least, Rachel wants people to know this about her:

“I love being at the happiest place on earth!  If I could get a trip to Disney like right now, I will do it in heartbeat.  One of my goals is to do a full marathon at Disney one day.  Only at Disney.  I NEVER did a full marathon and told everyone I will NEVER do one but at Disney, I will.  Somehow.”


Staff Spotlight: Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator

Kayla with poster presentation

Introduction written by Laurie Jachym

Kayla Earley is another new addition to the Disability Services team. She joins the Disability Services Testing Center staff at Central campus as an Instructional Lab Facilitator. She works with students who attend classes at Central, Levine, and Harris campuses to provide testing accommodations and assistive technology services.

Here is a little Q & A with Kayla to help you get to know her better.


Q: How long have you worked at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: A very short time, only since March 2015!

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: I worked for 2 years with Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Support Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, 1 year as Bindery Supervisor at Carl A. Rudisill Library, and 1 year interning as an HIV Tester/Counselor with the ALFA.

Q: What is your area/what are your areas of expertise?
A: My Bachelors of Science is in Community Health from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and I am enrolled to begin my Master of Arts in Anthropology at UNCC this year. I have experience in research, program planning, and captioning.

Q: Can you tell us more about your picture?
A: Sure, that poster is from my Senior Honors Thesis. I was presenting an evaluation of the Council on Adolescent’s Lunch Buddy Program, which is a mentoring program for middle school students in Catawba County.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at Central Piedmont Community College?
A: I enjoy meeting new students and observing how they learn and recall test material.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: Outside of work I enjoy reading historical fiction, visiting museums, and going to the zoo with my mom.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: If I wrote an autobiography, the title would be, “I can’t help it; I’m a nerd.”

Please help us welcome Kayla to the college and to Disability Services. She is a wonderful new addition to our team.

Financial Aid and Scholarships Available for Students with Disabilities

A common issue for any studnet is “How do I pay for college?” Students with disabilities are no exception! Fortunately, there are financial resources available specifically for students with disabilities. Affordable Colleges Online has a listing of these resources. Click here to find out what’s out there! Scholarship categories for students with disabilities include Autism/Asperger’s syndrome, blindness, deaf and hard of hearing, learning disability, mental illness, spinal disability, cystic fibrosis, epilepsey, hemophilia/bleeding disorders, and hydrocephalus.

Don’t wait to apply! Most scholarships have deadlines and they are competitive, so act quickly! If you have more questions, please contact the scholarships directly. Your Disability Counselor may also be able to assist you with your questions. Good luck!


Student scholarship available for students who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf, Application due by May 1st!

Click here for details!

Sertoma is offering a $1000 scholarship to students who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf. The scholarship covers tuition, books, and supplies. Qualifications and application requirments are listed here.

Don’t wait to apply! Applications are due by May 1, 2014.

Sertoma’s mission is:

“To improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support.”


To learn more about Sertoma, please visit their website by clicking here.