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Directory of Translators/Interpreters

This directory has been created to help New Hampshire school administrators find translators and interpreters who speak in the native language of English Language Learners and their parents.

Please keep in mind that education is the expertise of most of the individuals who are listed in the directory. If you are seeking a translator or interpreter for medical or legal purposes, please contact Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center or the Minority Health Coalition.

Although a person's ability to speak a particular language is often the only criterion a district uses in the hiring process, the following guidelines should be considered to achieve best results. These guidelines can also be used to develop a series of interviewing questions when hiring translators and interpreters.

Linguistic Com

  • ability to comprehend and converse effectively in English and the targeted language
  • proficiency in both reading and writing in English and the targeted language
  • ability to paraphrase effectively
  • ability to adjust to different levels of language complexity
  • working knowledge of educational terminology

Professional Competencies

  • ability to function as a member of a team
  • ability to maintain confidentiality
  • respect for the feelings of students and their parents
  • impartiality
  • respect for the roles of other professionals involved
  • knowledge of child development and cross-cultural variables
  • understanding of educational procedures and the assessment process

Translation of School Documents

Under federal law, school districts are required to provide translations of key school documents and assessment information to the extent practicable. Such documents may include: Home Language Survey, parental notification letters for ESOL program placement and reclassification of students, assessment score reports, grade reports, basic school notices (permission for field trips, school closings, etc.), application for free and reduced lunch, and parent handbook. Translations should be documented with the name, current address, e-mail, and telephone number of the person who was hired to do the work. If a translation of an essential school document cannot be done for a particular language, an effort must be made to find a qualified adult who can provide an oral interpretation of the document for the student and/or the student's parents or guardian.

Interpretation Services

School districts may need to provide oral interpretation services for school enrollment (including completion of the Home Language Survey) and conferences between parents and teachers or guidance counselors. An interpreter may also be needed when discussing possible referrals for special education services. Note: Interpretation should be provided by a qualified adult; in educational settings, it is inappropriate to ask a child or student under 18 years of age to interpret for teachers, parents, counselors, or administrators.

Contracts with Translators and Interpreters

The local school district, not the New Hampshire Department of Education, is responsible for hiring translators, interpreters, and professionals to conduct assessments. The responsibility for contracting and paying for such services remains with the individual school district.

The New Hampshire Department of Education has made every effort to compile a directory that is accurate and useful; however, inclusion in this directory does not constitute an endorsement by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Alphabetical Listing of Translators/Interpreters by Name

Alphabetical Listing of Translators/Interpreters by Language

Arabic

  • Hayat Wali 603-470-7022 hayat2009a@gmail.com

Chinese

  • Childers, Jui-Fei ("Fay") (Chinese - Mandarin) (603) 848-3430 (cell), faychilders@gmail.com
  • Daisy Miu Yin Mak (Mandarin and Cantonese) (603) 233-0616, mymak@comcast.net
  • Li, Rong (Chinese-Mandarin) (603) 275-2496
  • Long, Ammie (Chinese - Mandarin) (603) 289-1624

ESOL Translation and Evaluation

  • Rosa M. Yuri-Luna, Ed. D. yrosa@nova.edu
  • Alma Velasquez Ermatinger Contact@innovativespeechtherapyinstitute.com
  • Greg Orr gregworr@gmail.com

French

  • Tousignant, John P. (603) 204-7680

Hindi

  • Vaidya, Elma (603) 882-7341

Italian

  • Bergquist, Sandra (603) 788-4009

Japanese

  • Barrett, Hatsue (603) 286-2845
  • Chen, Enchi (217) 384-8232
  • Mathieu, Michael Please e-mail mikem.mathieu90@gmail.com

Korean

  • Stickney, Soo Jin (603) 929-7996
  • Clifford, Sigita (603) 672-8217, (603) 424-6215

Nepali

  • Gnawali, Basu (603) 892-9529
  • Koirala, Rajesh (603) 591-0274

Portuguese

  • Bergquist, Sandra (603) 788-4009
  • Howarth, Andrea (603)770-4295, andreahowarth@icloud.com

Romanian

  • Bola-Ferriero, Maria C. (603) 860-0028

Russian

  • Clifford, Sigita (603) 672-8217, (603) 424-6215
  • Forbes, Marina (603) 332-2255
  • Rogova, Natalia nrogova@mrsd.org
  • Vozlinski Lehman, Inna (603) 817-6521

Spanish

  • Abril Sánchez, Jorge (773) 241-1841
  • Bergquist, Sandra (603) 788-4009
  • Bola-Ferriero, Maria C. (603) 860-0028
  • Hirsch, Sarah (603)-738-8633
  • Oldford, Deborah (603) 889-1141
  • Valladares, Rachel (603) 724-9921
  • Urdu Vaidya, Elma (603) 882-7341