Nominations being accepted for the 2016 CASE Award of Excellence and student scholarships

Bonnie R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, an instructor at College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., was named 2015 Educator of the Year

Bonnie R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, an instructor at College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., was named 2015 Educator of the Year

The Council on Approved Student Education has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the Award of Excellence to an Outstanding Educator, which recognizes an instructor’s dedication to students and extraordinary contributions to reporter education. Recipients are nominated by students, fellow faculty members, administrators, or NCRA members. The deadline for nominations is April 16.

CASE is also accepting applications for three student scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Applicants must meet a number of requirements to be eligible, including attending a NCRA-certified court reporting program and writing between 140 and 180 wpm. Applicants must submit three recommendation forms and a two-page essay on a pre-selected topic. Nominations and applications are being accepted through April 16.

Read more about the CASE Award of Excellence.

Read more about the CASE student scholarships.

CASE Award of Excellence honors Mary Beth Johnson

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.