About

Bernice has been involved with the Deaf community since she was 10 years old. By the time Bernice was 15 years old, she was interpreting at church for Deaf members in her youth group. As time passed, Bernice became involved at the Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD).

Bernice began working on a professional level as an educational interpreter in the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System. She worked at the Louisiana School for the Deaf for five years before moving to Utah.

While living in Utah, she worked as the Utah Interpreter Mentor, mentoring numerous persons working towards their certification. She also taught ASL at the flagship charter school, American Leadership Academy, where five students have gone on to become certified interpreters. She received certification from the National Association of the Deaf, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and has been recognized by RID for her high-performance score on the Educational Interpreter Assessment Performance test. Her vast experience is comprised of: elementary/secondary/post-secondary education/vocational/ medical/legal/mental health.

Since moving back home to Louisiana, Bernice has continued to serve and work in the Deaf community & Interpreting Community. In 2015, she began the Baton Rouge Interpreting Community, BRIC, in order to provide workshops and training to interpreters monthly. December 1st, 2017 she became the president of Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (LRID). She continues to provide and attend workshops on various topics related to the interpreting field to enhance her skills.