When Brenda Torrez started working at Children’s Village four years ago, she had no idea it would change the course of her life.
Gifted in administration, Torrez quickly took on extra responsibilities working at the front desk, figuring out details of the complicated scheduling database and training others to use the system efficiently.
“I am all about efficiency and accuracy,” Brenda said. “I love to be productive and any tool I can use to help me; I am all about it.”
But, it was being asked to translate for Spanish-speaking families who were bringing a child to Children’s Village for services or evaluations, which sparked something in Brenda. What started as an opportunity to help families with translation evolved into a passion for speech and language pathology and a dedication to serving children and families with special needs.
“To work with a child in their native language, is invaluable,” Brenda said. “And there is a huge need for speech and language providers. For me, it feels like the perfect fit.”
Halfway through a speech and language pathology assistant degree from Northern Arizona University, Brenda can often be found studying during her lunch break. Juggling a full-time job, two young children and schooling; Brenda knows her dedication and perseverance will eventually pay off.
“I love working with the families. There is just this special bond here, almost like a family,” she said. “They know and trust they are going to get what they need and all of us, who work here, have a common goal…take care of our families.”