M.A., CI, CT
Mentoring Specialty Areas: Interpreting English-to-ASL, ASL-to-English
General, Post-Secondary, Business, Engineer/Mechanics
Anne Braun has been practicing interpreting in the DC/ Maryland area since 1997. She currently works in government, community, VRS and mental health settings.
Anne earned her Bachelor’s Degree in special education from Southern Connecticut State University and Master’s Degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. She taught Deaf children for nine years before transitioning to interpreting. Anne was an adjunct professor in the Interpreter Training Program at Community College of Baltimore County for nine years teaching introduction to interpreting, interpreting in specialized settings and interpreting process/skills classes.
Anne has extensive training and experience with the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI). Anne has been involved with the Etna Project for ten years. The Etna Project is a community of American Sign Language practitioners who meet several times a year to reflect on their work and further develop their skills set. These experiences have helped her gain a better sense of the interpreting process, her work and how to effectively work with mentees. She has mentored colleagues, both seasoned interpreters and those just entering the field, for the past twelve years.
Anne provides mentoring in ASL to English and English to ASL interpreting. Anne uses a Vygotskian framework in her mentorship relationships. She believes in meeting the mentee where they are. She believes that the mentee is able to discover and grow when engaged in reflective discussions with guiding questions and scaffolding. Her areas of strength as a mentor include:
● looking closely at the interpreting process
● finding meaning in the source message and ways to convey that meaning in the spirit it
● Dropping form and producing meaning based interpretations
● ethical decision making
No two mentorship relationships look the same because no two people are the same. Anne seeks to understand the mentee and how to help them achieve their goals. Mentoring sessions may involve discussions of the mentee’s pre-taped interpretations, engaging in activities designed to build skills in an area defined by the mentee or discussing ethical situations. In her free time Anne enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, especially watching her daughter ride horses. On weekends she is often found with a good book or her knitting.