Claire Ballard Champagne is a Texas native. She has one younger brother, who was born deaf that introduced her to the Deaf Community at a young age.
Claire attended Texas State University-San Marcos, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology; cultures and languages are a passion of hers. She attended Austin Community College to take American Sign Language classes, which led to taking Interpreter Training courses. She accepted a job at Texas School for the Deaf in 2005 and aspired to become an interpreter. Claire joined the TSD interpreting team in 2011. She holds BEI Advanced certification.
Austin is a perfect home for this outdoorsy gal. She enjoys bike rides, hanging out at Zilker Park, and anything weird.