The Emporia Board of Education has approved the hire of Felix Lizarraga as the district’s translator at its July Board of Education meeting Wednesday.

A native of Cuba, Lizarraga brings nearly 20 years of translation and interpretation experience to the position. Lizarraga has spent the past 12 years as a translator and editor for El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish edition of the Miami Herald, doing so the past two years from Emporia on a remote basis. He has also served as a translator and editor at ProTranslating and ABSí Translations, where he translated a variety of academic materials for both businesses, and has owned the translation firm Cycilia Morgado since 2013. He has a theater and dramaturgy degree from Cuba’s Higher Institute of Art.

Lizarraga will assume his new duties Aug. 1. He will be responsible for translating and interpreting district documents as well as training and supervising the district’s cadre of building translators and interpreters.

Lizarraga replaces Elaine Rojas, who leaves the position after over a decade to become a Spanish teacher at Emporia High School.

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