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Stephen Fitzmaurice

Principal Investigator

Stephen Fitzmaurice is a Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center and has worked as a professional ASL-English interpreter for over twenty-five years. Stephen is a doctoral candidate at Gallaudet University and is preparing his dissertation on the Systemic Perspectives Causing Role Conflict for Educational Interpreters. Professor Fitzmaurice holds a Masters of Interpreter Pedagogy degree from Northeastern University and has earned several national interpreter certifications including: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Certificate of Interpretation and Certification of Transliteration; National Interpreter Certificate: Advanced; National Association of the Deaf Master Interpreter Certification; and an Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment rating of 4.5. He is also the recipient of the National Association of the Deaf Golden Hands Award and is the current past-President of the South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Professor Fitzmaurice lectures extensively on developing interpreting skills for in-service ASL-English interpreters and has scholarly interests spanning: second language acquisition; metacognitive processing of interpreters; ASL linguistics; literacy development of Deaf children; and educational access via interpreting services.

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Susie Spainhour

Project Coordinator

Susie Spainhour is the Project Coordinator for the South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center. Susie holds a Masters of Education Divergent Learners degree from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Science Education Interpreting degree from the University of Cincinnati. Susie is a Nationally Certified Interpreter, and currently, she is the President for South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She has been afforded several collegiate, state, and regional awards during her professional career including Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Region II President’s Choice Award, South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Interpreter of the Year Award, and Spartanburg’s Woman of the Year Award. She has enjoyed working as an Educational Interpreter for the past fifteen years. Also, she volunteers countless hours establishing professional development opportunities for South Carolina interpreters and mentoring services for South Carolina’s future interpreters

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Heather Suits

Administrative Assistant

Heather Suits provides administrative assistance for South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center. She is a graduate from Clemson University where she minored in ASL. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2011, Heather returned to Clemson in 2014 to complete the Educational Interpreting Program. Heather has experience working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in South Carolina, Jamaica, Nepal and India. Her experiences and her studies in the Clemson University ASL-English Educational Interpreting Program, have led her to pursue a career dedicated to removing cultural and language barriers in education. She is excited about the opportunity the South Carolina Educational Interpreting Center has to do just that!