Mary Katherine Northup (Katie) was born and raised as a southern girl in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas. Katie grew up in the deaf community due to several deaf and deaf-blind family members. Nonetheless, she never expected to be an interpreter. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from University of Arkansas in Little Rock (UALR). During her time in college, Katie obtained her Arkansas state certification for interpreting (QA 5/5) and decided to work as a certified interpreter until she accomplished her goal of becoming a counselor for the deaf. She moved off to Colorado to obtain a Master’s in Counseling, but returned home to Arkansas when her mom found out she was battling cancer.
From a job to a career, Katie has worked in the field of interpreting more than 15 years. She has worked free-lance in various settings for most of her career. Katie obtained her national certification and served as mentor for up-and-coming interpreters for the past 10 years. She also served on the Arkansas Association of the Deaf (AAD) board as secretary. During her time on the AAD board, Katie presented technology workshops at the 2013 AAD Convention and 2013 OKAD (Oklahoma Association of the Deaf) Conference. She has had the privilege of working on several media productions, public relations for deaf community and interpreter events, and specialized interpreting assignments. In August 2013, she accepted a position at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) as a staff interpreter.
Katie is thoroughly enjoying her time at TSD and the opportunities it presents for her to grow in the profession and as a person. She also enjoys reading, sports, technology and organizing. Her goals include continuing to grow in the field of interpreting, mentoring more of the up and coming interpreting professionals, and living life to its fullest.