Updated: Oct 20, 2018
Congratulations to Evin Paredes! Tennessee's newest State Registered Interpreter. In addition to speaking Spanish Elvin is a self taught Akateco speaker. He's seen here teaching Akateco to a group of students interested in working with the Akateco community.
Akateco is a beautiful, soft spoken language from Northern Guatamala and Southern Mexico. The thousands of Akatecos made up of small communties in Knoxville, Tennessee as well as countless other towns all through the United States form a culture within the latino community. Their language has a melodic nature that is a pleasure to listen to.
According to the Tennessee Judiciary, "Court interpretation is a specialized and highly demanding form of interpreting. It requires skills that few bilingual individuals, including language instructors, posses".
It's good to know that Tennessee has one more interpreter working to complete the certification process who can do so much to help the Latino community; even those parts of the community that do not speak Spanish.
We can safely say that Elvin Paredes is a Tennessee Logro.