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Attn: Theresa Hovick-Thomas
411 W. Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61614
I grew up in Onarga, Illinois which is the "Nursery Capital of the Midwest!" and a town of 1300 people. I graduated from the high school in 1980 and began working for an associate judge at the county courthouse, which is where I fell in love with court reporting.
I attended Southern Illinois University enrolled in the court and conference reporting program. Being a struggler in that program, I also enrolled in the business education program specializing in computers, accounting, and court reporting.
I met my husband in an education class at SIU-C in 1984. He took a teaching position close to Belleville, Illinois, and we got married in June of 1988. My husband and I each have very strong beliefs about getting an education, so in August of 1989, we quit our full-time jobs to return to SIU-C to complete or further our education. Although I completed my degree in ’93, he didn’t graduate with his Master’s Degree until the following year. He accepted a position with a junior college in the Peoria area, and we moved into a trailer in Morton in August of 1994.
Kevin and I became interested in log homes while living in Belleville. We helped a couple of our friends, and his colleagues, build theirs. So once we got accustomed to our routine in Morton, we began the search for the perfect piece of wooded property to build OUR log home. We purchased a two-acre parcel in Spring Bay in May of 1996. We spent many weekends clearing the trees, having the water well dug, septic system put in, electricity hooked up, and preparing the site for the basement to be dug. We took delivery of our logs on July 10, 1997, and spent many, many more hours constructing our home. We moved into our log construction zone in August of 1999. A small and wonderful surprise stalled our building plans when we had our daughter, Valerie Eileen, in November of 1999. The three of us have been living in our log home since that time, and we are still a work-in-progress. Kevin and I joke that we’ll be finished for Valerie’s 25th birthday. I truly hope that it is just a joke!!
Since we spend most of our time either working at our respective jobs, building our log home, or toting our daughter around to all of her activities, that doesn’t leave much time for our old hobbies of camping, canoeing, backpacking, or hiking.
BS Advanced Technical Studies, 1993Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale
Upon graduating from high school, I had the extraordinary opportunity to work for an Associate Judge in Iroquois County as a minute clerk for a year. This allowed me to go into the courtroom and take dictated minutes for first-appearance traffic, small claims, misdemeanor, and felony cases. I was using my Gregg shorthand skills, which is referred to as being a “pen writer” in the Judicial Reporting Industry. The Associate Judge’s court reporter was also a pen writer. Although I worked for the Associate Judge, I shared an office with the court reporter for the District Judge, who used machine shorthand. This is what sparked my interest in the Judicial Reporting field.
I went to college at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU-C) enrolled in the Court and Conference Reporting program. I completed my theory class that fall semester, and I was hooked on Court Reporting! Although I didn’t pass my first speed building class, and SIU-C offers each speed building class only once a year; I decided to pursue a Business Education degree in order to teach Court Reporting and Accounting. After a four and a half year personal sabbatical, I returned to SIU-C and enrolled in, you guessed it, the Court Reporting program once again. I was also working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Advanced Technical Studies, which I received in 1993, with my technical areas being Court Reporting and Business Education which includes Accounting. After graduation, I continued to speed build and attained the 225-level speed while writing at 94 percent accuracy, allowing me the opportunity to take the state (Certified Shorthand Reporter, CSR) and the national (Registered Professional Reporter, RPR) examinations.
Upon moving to the Peoria area in 1994, I sat in on some speed building classes at Midstate College to augment completion of my Court Reporting degree. I became a full-time instructor at Midstate College in August of 1998. I have my dream job! I am teaching, as I love to help people; and I am in the field that I love, Court Reporting!! I have seen a lot of exciting changes within the industry during my tenure, one of which is the name. The industry now prefers the term “Judicial Reporting” because we (court reporters) are not just in the courts any more!!!
Midstate College (1998–present)Certified Reporting Instructor
Awards and Certifications
Montclair Who's Who in Collegiate Faculty, 2010
Strathmore's Who's Who, 2010
Acceptance is limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.
ILCRA's Outstanding Educator Award, 2005
Who's Who Among America's Teachers 7th Edition, 2002
Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI), 2001