NCRA member Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI, from Dayton, Minn., a broadcast captioner and program director of the Judicial Reporting/Broadcast Captioning Program at Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn., was named 2023 Educator of the Year. The announcement was made at the 2023 NCRA Conference & Expo held July 27-30 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Downtown in Houston, Texas.
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.
Sati has worked professionally in the freelance, broadcast/CART captioning, and official fields for the past 30 years. She is credited with creating the Anoka Technical College’s court reporting and broadcast captioning program from the bottom up and has served on the Higher Learning Commission committee for the college’s accreditation. She is also credited with helping to develop the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners (MAVRC) mentorship program.
At the national level, Sati has served on the NCRA Board of Directors, as well as the Association’s NCRA A to Z®, Test Advisory, and Contests Committees. She has also served on NCRA’s Certified Reporting Instructor Task Force, and as Chair of the Council on Approved Student Education.
At the state level, Sati holds membership in the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters & Captioners, and actively promotes the stenographic court reporting and broadcast captioning fields by working to organize state conventions serving on various committees, including the organization’s Veteran History Project and Court Reporting and Captioning Awareness committees.
According to NCRA member Deborah Longley, CRI, from Anoka, Minn., a school administrator at Anoka Technical College who was one of several of Sati’s colleagues who nominated her for the award, “Jennifer is always thinking forward about how to engage our students in our state association and our national association. She ensures that students have every opportunity to attend conventions by searching for scholarships and/or financial help.”
NCRA member Jennifer Ogaard, RPR, CRR, from Plymouth, Minn., a freelance court reporter and captioner and an adjunct instructor at Anoka Technical College, also nominated Sati for the award, citing that Sati stays on top of the latest for the profession. “During COVID-19, she devised an online program basically on the fly, and the students/instructors were able to navigate the remote waters almost without a glitch so that the program could continue without students falling behind. This had never been done before and it worked perfectly.”