How I Survived Court Reporting School


Hear the tips and tricks of surviving court reporting school from recent graduates and teachers. The new reporters will share their journey through court reporting school and reveal their favorite strategies that brought them success.  Learn what worked and what didn’t work for our guest panelists as they look back upon their court reporting school experiences.  Join us to acquire knowledge on how you can navigate your path to the successful completion of this amazing career.

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Cathy Penniston, M.A., CSR (Iowa and Arizona), RPR, CRI

Cathy received her B.A. in Business Education from Iowa Wesleyan College and her M.A. in Education from Clarke College. Cathy currently teaches stenographic reporting at Des Moines Area Community College and works as an independent broadcast captioner.

Cathy spent 30 years working as an official court reporter for the state of Iowa before transitioning into her broadcast captioning and teaching career.

At the national level, Cathy has served as a member of the NCRA Board of Directors since 2018. Cathy has served on numerous NCRA committees and has spoken at NCRA conventions as well as student webinars.

Cathy is the recipient of the Roy Voelker Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Court Reporting Profession in Iowa. She is also the recipient of the Indian Hills Community College Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Vision Award. 

Mary Beth Johnson, CRI

Mary Beth received her BA in American Studies from Dickinson College and her M.Ed. from Duquesne University Graduate School of Education.  She has taught court reporting for 47 years, and serves as Program Coordinator for the court reporting department at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Beth is a member of the CCAC Educational Foundation Board of Directors (currently emeritus) and recipient of the CCAC Educational Foundation’s Legends of Leadership Award in 2009. She also volunteers for the Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Court Competition held in the US Courthouse and Post Office for the past 24 years.

Mary Beth was awarded Educator of the Year in 2014 from The National Court Reporters Association and has been the recipient of numerous grants and funding sources to support student memberships in NCRA.  She currently serves as a member of the NCRA Student Teacher Committee.  She has been a speaker at numerous NCRA conventions as well as student webinars. 

Nathan Sibley

Nathan Sibley graduated from The Community College of Allegheny County in 2019.  He is 24 years old and currently an official court reporter in York County,Pennsylvania.  He has experience in freelancing, captioning and CART.  He was also the captionerfor the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2019.

Erin Blair, RPR

Erin Blair is an RPR and Washington CCR residing in Des Moines, Iowa. She has been a freelance reporter for nearly a year, taking depositions in the areas of medical malpractice, arbitrations, workers comp, doctor depositions, insurance depositions, and technical expert depositions. She started court reporting school at the Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Iowa in August 2020 and transferred to and graduated from SimplySteno in March 2022. She got her RSR that same month and began taking remote depositions for the state of Washington.

Emily Riccardi

Emily Riccardi works at the York County Courthouse. Emily is from a small town and moved to Pittsburgh to pursue court reporting. After she graduated college, she started working as a freelancer in the city of Pittsburgh. After a few months she realized she wanted to move closer to home and came to York. She been working in York for about three and a half years and loves learning something new every day. 

Bethany Riley

Bethany Riley recently graduated court reporting school from CCAC in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to York for the opportunity to work at the York County Courthouse as an official reporter. The thing she enjoys most about court reporting is the opportunity to learn something new every day! 

Grecia Ramirez

Grecia Ramirez started her court reporting journey at Brown College of Court Reporting in Atlanta in April 2015.  She had reached 225 when the school closed in 2020 at the beginning of the Pandemic.  After taking an accidental year off, she found SimplySteno and started speedbuilding again at 170.  A year and a half later, she has passed all three of the RPR skill legs and is waiting to take the Written Knowledge test.  Her goals are to achieve her Realtime certification and perform CART services.  Grecia is currently serving on NCRA's Student/Teacher committee.

Catalina Chiang Yuri

Catalina Chiang Yuri resides in Orlando, Florida and is a current member of NCRA's Student/Teacher committee. She is a student in her 120s currently transitioning to Simplysteno. Catalina hopes to work as a CART captioner. 


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