My name is La Taya Johnson “Rena” I have recently graduated from Texas Tech University with a Degree in Early childhood and Human Development and Family Science. I graduated with my Associate interpreting for the deaf and one in deaf studies at Southwest College for the Deaf in Big Spring. I have 20 years of experience working Education and I have worked in all grade levels as interpreter for the deaf and working with the Life skills population. I have also worked ad as a substitute Interpreter and Techer. The middle school age was one of my favorite populations to work with because of how authentic they were about their feelings and how life has impacted them along the way. You can see every type of emotion all in one day working with youth. I really enjoy being able to make an impact on the youth. 

 I did an internship with CASA of the south plains and that deepened my passion to strive to help youth to achieve their goals in life. I also did a summer internship in Dallas with (BSA) Boy Scouts of America there I was able to work with a wide range of children, youth, and their guardians to accomplish a common goal while they were at camp. I know that our youth are the future and want to ensure that they are equipped with tools to make a difference.  

 

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou 

 “I have learned over the years when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; know what must be done does away with fear.” Rosa Parks