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Court reporting and motherhood

Margary Rogers, RPR, CRI, hosted a court reporting and motherhood Zoom event during Mother’s Day weekend. She came up with the idea to host this event because, as a single mom and a court reporter, she felt that the topic of court reporting and motherhood is one that needs to be explored and discussed. In addition, she said people frequently ask her, “Margary, how do you do all that you do in the court reporting world and balance your time with your daughter?” She said, “I do not do it all.”

In preparation for this event, Rogers outlined six topics to focus on: support, steno, self-care, sacrifices, supermom syndrome, and setting boundaries. She sought out five diverse court reporter moms to speak at the Zoom event: single moms, engaged moms, married moms, moms of children with health issues, moms with multiple children, grandmothers, and student moms. The speakers were Angela Rojo, a court reporting student in Sacramento, Calif.; Cassandra Ellis, RPR, a freelancer and CART captioner in Silver Spring, Md.; Denee’ Vadell, an official reporter in Edison, N.J.; Kairisa Magee, RPR, a freelance reporter in Tallahassee, Fla.; Kyle Kingsley, a freelancer in Baltimore, Md; and Margary Rogers, RPR, CRI, an official and CART captioner in Washington, D.C. Each speaker chose a topic from the six topics provided.

More than 40 people registered for the event. Attendees included moms, moms-to-be, reporters who desire to be moms, and supporters.

NCRA Director Cindy Isaacsen, RPR, opened the event with words of encouragement and motherhood advice to all attendees. She also spoke about her journey in court reporting, being a mom, a grandmother, and having a blended family.

Music was the segue to each speaker’s message. All the songs that were played during the event were songs about mothers or being a mom. The song that welcomed everyone into the event was the popular Mother’s Day song A Song for Mama by Boyz II Men.

To view the video recording of the Zoom event, email sluwcerts@gmail.com.

Below are the links to each story:

Steno by Cassandra Ellis, RPR

Sacrifices by Kairisa Magee, RPR

Setting boundaries by Kyle Kingsley

Supermom syndrome by Margary Rogers, RPR, CRI

Self-care by Denee Vadell

Support Student Angela Rojo

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