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Posted May 9, 2013

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Ilene M. Weiss, Hodgin ES

Ilene M. Weiss has worked for the Albuquerque Public Schools for 29 years and is retiring this year. She has been at Hodgin Elementary School for the last 10 years.

Ilene started working at McKinley Middle School in 1984 in the District Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program as an educational assistant. During the next years she transferred to Mark Twain Elementary School and began attending the University of New Mexico, where she studied interpreting and received her bachelor's degree in signed language interpreting. Ilene earned her Certification of Transliteration (CT) from the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in 1988 and went on to earn her the Certificate of Interpretation (CI).

Over the years, Ilene has worked at all district school sites for the DHH Program as well as in the adult Deaf community. Ilene has mentored many up and coming interpreters. She has taught, lectured and published on the topic of classroom interpreting.

Ilene has a passion for art. Throughout her tenure with APS, she has always included this love of art and brought it with her into the classroom. She is passionate about children having access to their education. She has a made a difference, not only in students' and their families' lives, but also with her co-workers.

Ilene is an excellent team member and she will be greatly missed. We wish her the best of luck in her retirement, knowing that she will be spending lots of time with her family and doing all the things she loves.

There will be an open house from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, at the Hodgin Elementary School Library in her honor.

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