A bittersweet finale for deaf student, interpreter

ALLIANCE — Every day. Every class. Every sport, club and extracurricular activity for 16 years with your “mom” right beside you. It has to become a love or hate relationship.

With fingers flying and embarrassed grins along the way, 18-year-old Tyler Wilson calls his veteran sign language interpreter Debe Miller his “evil stepmother,” but the affection is evident. The paraprofessional said she can pick up easily on Wilson’s moods and facial expressions. She pushes him, maybe a little more than the average classroom teacher, because she knows how much he is capable of doing.

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