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Seven Questions: Anita Fannin

Our Seven Questions series continues, in which we interview transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community.

This month we visit with Anita Fannin, who lives in Maryville, Tennessee.  Anita works for Knox County Schools of Knoxville, Tennessee, in a high school setting.  Her title is that of TypeWell Transcriber in the Department of Hearing Services.  

"The transcripts I provide are valuable study aids for the students I serve."

If you had to describe your job to someone with no knowledge of TypeWell - in 30 seconds or less - what would you say?

Utilizing the TypeWell program and a laptop linked to students’ iPads, I transcribe, meaning-for-meaning, everything said in the classroom in real time, allowing the students to read what they cannot hear. The transcripts I provide are valuable study aids for my students.

What did you study in college, or what were your favorite subjects in school?

My favorite subjects in school were English and band.

What do you believe are the most important skills or traits for a TypeWell transcriber to have?

"Superior typing, spelling, and organizational skills are essential."

Maturity and good judgment are also vital.

What skill or expertise do you feel like you’re still missing?

Slide Rule

While I can successfully transcribe math classes, I want to gain a better understanding of math as it is being taught today. (Math was reeeeeeeeally different when I was in school ... wanna see my antique slide rule?)

If you could change anything about your work, what would it be?

I like working from home, so I wish it were possible for me to do remote transcription. Because I work in high school, however, I recognize that it is important that I be a physical presence for the students.

"The students inspire me every day."

How and at what age did you learn to type, or what did you enjoy about learning to type?

I took personal typing during my sophomore year of high school, 1968-69, only because my mother forced me to do so. I was in college-prep classes, saw no reason to learn to type (which was regarded as a secretarial skill at that time – boy, has that changed), and didn’t enjoy anything about learning to type.

Who inspires you, and why?

The students for whom I transcribe inspire me every day.

Slide rule photo courtesy of cgiraldez via Morguefile.  
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Edited by Betty Barnes

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