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Lisa Jo Hubacher earns NCRA 2022 CASE Award of Excellence

Lisa Jo Hubacher

The National Court Reporters Association is pleased to announce that Lisa Jo Hubacher, RPR, CRI, from Evansville, Wis., a retired court reporting instructor, was named 2022 Educator of the Year. The announcement was made at NCRA’s 2022 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.

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.

Hubacher earned an associate degree in legal assistance (paralegal) in 1983 and worked in law firms until 1994 when, rather abruptly, she returned to school for court reporting. After a long, arduous tenure in school, she hung out her shingle as a freelance court reporter in September 1997. She came to teach at Madison Area Technical College (MATC), her alma mater, in September 2002, donned the title of program director around 2008, and retired in May 2022 after 20 years of teaching.

“It has been my great fortune in life to have two careers I absolutely loved — freelance court reporter and court reporting instructor,” Hubacher said. “I could have done none of it without my reporting instructor, Rachel Baker, at MATC, NCRA, and my teaching partners Lee Leigh, Pamela Perry, and Sheila Finnegan Martinez. I owe them and many others a tremendous debt of gratitude. Mostly, though, I will be forever grateful to my students for enriching my life and giving meaning to my work. It has been truly an honor to serve them. Thank you very much for this award. It is much appreciated.”