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Bio

The Full Story

I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to build a career by doing what I love. From a young age, I had a passion for learning American Sign Language. Becoming a certified interpreter was a long time professional goal. As the focused and goal-driven person that I am, I decided to pursue my dream and make it happen.

Throughout the years, I’ve had the great fortune to work on some truly inspiring projects while meeting many influential and creative individuals along the way. I believe that working together creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. For more information about my experience, portfolio or how we can collaborate on an upcoming project, get in touch today.

Who Am I

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Hello, my name is Kerie Ljunghammar (yeah, I know that’s a really long name). My sign name is KL (flick the wrist like shooting a pistol). I live in Oklahoma, and I work as a community interpreter. I first learned sign language at about 12 years old. I was fascinated with signing.

Years later, I took America Sign Language from a community college. I enrolled and passed ASL 1, ASL 2, and ASL 3. When I finished, I still wanted to learn more! My teacher, who was a member of the Deaf community, encouraged me to enroll in an interpreter training program. 4 years later, I graduated. After graduation, I wasn’t a professional interpreter, but volunteered at my church for over 20 years.

I enrolled in a second interpreter training program. I graduated from that program in 2019. Oklahoma has a certification test called the Quality Assurance Screening Test. That test has levels 1-4. Oh, pardon me, my mistake. Its actually 1-5. Currently I hold a 4/4 certification. This is representative of a 4 in interpretation, and a 4 in transliterating.

Texas has a certification called the Board for the Evaluation of Interpreters test. Many states accept that certification as a valid certification. The test has 3 levels. The first is Basic, the second is Advanced, and the third is Master. I hold a basic certification.

My aim is to advance my interpreting skills. My big goal is to attain national certification. To earn the National Interpreter Certification.

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