Mary Beth Johnson, CRI, a professor of court reporting at the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa., was named 2014 Educator of the Year during a special awards luncheon at NCRA’s Convention & Expo on Saturday.
Johnson has taught court reporting for 38 years. She established and funded a $10,000 scholarship for court reporting students at CCAC, and she is currently developing a realtime re-training course. In addition, all of her students are members of both NCRA and the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association, the state association.
She attributes the success of her court reporting program to the fact that she is surrounded by local court reporters who are always willing to mentor, consult, teach, offer internships, and employ CCAC graduates. She said she also believes the support of the faculty and staff at CCAC, as well as the hard work of her students, has fueled the longevity of the program. She is particularly grateful to NCRA for offering a lifetime of encouragement to generations of court reporters.
The Award of Excellence, which is given by NCRA’s Council on Approved Student Education, recognizes the important role student education plays in the court reporting profession, and honors educators for their dedication and outstanding achievement and leadership. Recipients are nominated by an NCRA member.