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.