About Rachel Naiman
Rachel grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, along with her Deaf brother and sister, until at age 13, her family moved to NYC. Before moving to Colorado, she lived in Washington, DC to attend Gallaudet University. She went to Arizona for her graduate work then moved to California where she worked as a rehab counselor for a year While in California, she also worked at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She then moved to Colorado where she has taken up permanent residence although now, when she is able to, she heads to Arizona to avoid the winters here! Rachel was fulltime faculty in the Interpreter Preparation Program at FRCC for 25 years, teaching both interpreting and ASL classes. While there, she was awarded the Master Teacher of the Year, Colorado Outstanding Teacher, and the Channel 4 A+ For Teachers. Rachel was instrumental in founding the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) with co-founders Patty Clark and the late Tom Riggs. She has presented at the local, state and national levels. Rachel has worked as a Deaf Interpreter for many years and was among the first Certified Deaf Interpreters in Colorado, having been part of the very first group to be certified in 2001. She currently works part-time, mainly interpreting in legal settings. Of course, PSLI uses her services in a variety of other settings as well! In her downtime, Rachel loves to read, travel, walk, and she hopes to have more time for hiking again soon. We here at PSLI, Inc. are exceptionally grateful to Rachel for her commitment to the Deaf and interpreting communities and the talented and skilled interpreting she offers to us.