Kelly R. Moranz, CRI, an educator from Parma, Ohio, named CASE Educator of the Year

Kelly R. Moranz, CRI, an instructor at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Parma, Ohio, was named 2016 Educator of the Year and presented with the CASE Award of Excellence by NCRA during a special awards luncheon held Aug. 6, during the Association’s Convention & Expo in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 4-7.

NCRA’s CASE (Council on Approved Student Education) Award of Excellence 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.

Moranz, who holds the nationally recognized professional certification of Certified Reporter Instructor (CRI), has been in the court reporting field since 1985 and is a graduate of Tri-C. She has worked in multiple freelance firms in a variety of roles and became involved in education in 2006 as a part-time faculty member at Tri-C. She currently serves at the school’s court reporting program manager.

Moranz has been instrumental in developing courses, curriculum, recruiting, and expanding the program. She also facilitates a mentorship program that has been recognized by Tri-C for its unique approach in supporting students. She was awarded the Ralph M. Besse Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 by Tri-C and received the inaugural JCR Award for Leadership and Team-Building in 2016.

At the same luncheon, three court reporting students were awarded CASE Scholarships based on their winning entries in an essay writing contest Recipients included:

And Alisson Sandoval from Long Island Business School, Commack, N.Y, $1,500; Keegan Sheppart, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, Alberta, $1,000; and Jessica M. Fizzell, College of Court Reporting, Hobart, Ind., $500.

The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) also awarded two Intern Scholarships of $1,000 each: Aspen Keech from the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Stephen Sudano of the Long Island Business Institute, Commack, N.Y.