Yolanda Secos, Assistant Administrator

It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as assistant administrator of the Spanish Language Division (SPD) of the American Translators Association (ATA).

I was born in Madrid (Spain). After obtaining my degree in English Philology & Education
from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, I worked as a foreign language teacher in
Spain and England, where I was awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In 1999, I
arrived in the US as part of the Visiting Teachers from Spain Program. During the seven years that I worked as a bilingual teacher in Texas, I was asked to interpret at IEP meetings and translate all kinds of documents to facilitate home-school yolanda-secos-2016communication. Upon moving to San Diego, I got a Professional Certificate in English & Spanish Translation and Interpreting from UCSD Extension while working as a Spanish language teacher. I have been a freelance English-to-Spanish translator specializing in education since 2006.  I joined ATA in 2007 and that same year I attended my very first ATA Annual Conference in San Francisco. I am a member of the ATA Spanish Language Division Leadership Council. I served as the ATA SPD Social Media Committee Chair (2012-2016) and as a Website Committee member (2014-2016). I also served as editor of newsletter, Intercambios (2015-2016). In addition to my involvement with the ATA and the SPD, in December 2015, I became the president of the Association of Translators & Interpreters in the San Diego Area (ATISDA), an ATA affiliated group. I am also the ATA’s 2016 Harvie Jordan Scholarship

I am ready to assist the new administrator of the SPD and strive to serve our members. Associations circulate information, and in this day and age that is done through social media. I would like to assist in expanding the division’s social media presence. I will continue to encourage collaboration with other ATA divisions, chapters, and affiliated groups.

Thank you for the opportunity to keep on working with the SPD!

Yolanda Secos

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