Profile: KristiI Herrera, RPR, CCP, CBC

Kristi HerreraCART provider and captioner

Currently resides in Dallas

MEMBER SINCE: 2006
GRADUATED FROM: Court Reporting Institute of Dallas
THEORY: StenEd

Being able to provide CART for people who would otherwise struggle to communicate has been incredibly rewarding.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A CART PROVIDER? HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE CAREER?

When I was in my 20s in court reporting school, a teacher mentioned that she used to provide CART. Prior to that, I never even knew that career existed. I became more intrigued the more I looked into it. I have always had an unexplained attraction to people with hearing impairments. Coincidently, I took a year and a half of American Sign Language in high school, which I am able to use today. I certainly didn’t think I would still be a CART provider seven years after fi rst looking into it, but now I can’t imagine missing a semester. I would like to eventually get into a court, but I think I would still have to hang on to one evening class a week to wean myself off CART. The people are just too great!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST WORK EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN YOUR CAREER?

Being able to provide CART for people who would otherwise struggle to communicate has been incredibly rewarding. The people I work with are so grateful, and they are not shy about relaying that fact.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GADGET? IF SO, WHAT IS IT, AND WHY DO YOU LIKE IT?

My LightSpeed! Being able to pack all my equipment into a laptop bag makes it so much easier to get around college campuses on busy days.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

My favorite movie is Silence of the Lambs. I have a tattoo of the moth to prove it!

HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING NOT RELATED TO YOUR CAREER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

Despite becoming a mother at 15 years old, I graduated from high school a semester early and also spoke at my graduation.

FAVORITE BRIEFS

SPHULT simultaneous
KHRAPBT cochlear implant
WRAB We’ll be right back.
AEUFD advisory