Seven Questions: Teresa Pace Walker
Our Seven Questions series continues, in which we interview transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community.
This month we sit down with Teresa Pace Walker, who lives in Springville, Utah. Teresa is a TypeWell transcriber who works at Utah Valley University. She also works remotely for CaptionAccess and Strada Communication. She learned to type on a manual typewriter, loved the time races, and held the typing speed record in her high school for years at 105 wpm!
"You type everything the professor says?"
If you had to describe your job to someone with no knowledge of TW — in 30 seconds or less — what would you say?
I seem to describe my job all the time to people. My 30 seconds-or-less speech is: I attend class in person or remotely with deaf or hard-of-hearing students and provide a transcript of the lecture so they have real-time access and the full ability to participate. I usually hear back: "You type everything the professor says?" Yes, I do.
What did you study in college, or what were your favorite subjects in school?
I went back to school when I was 50 and finished my degree in Sociology. My favorite subjects subjects were criminology and social reform.
How many languages do you speak and what are they?
I'd love to give Spanish a go. My husband lived in Mexico for two years, one son lived in Chile for two years, another son lived in Guatemala and speaks fluent Spanish, my daughter-in-law is from Venezuela, and my son-in-law's last name is Gonzales (although he doesn't speak a word of Spanish) so I have lots of people to practice on.
What do you believe are the most important skills or traits for a TypeWell transcriber to have?
Fast fingers, good ears, broad knowledge, and a responsible personality.
What is one misconception people have about you?
That I'm serious — I'm SO not! I love to laugh and meet new people.
What's the weirdest thing we might find on your desk or in your roller bag?
Looking at my desk right now I see: two giant wiggle-eyes (and I mean giant), a totem pole, and spray adhesive.
Who inspires you, and why?
I am inspired by people who deal positively with hard things. These kind of people usually hide their challenges, but if I take time to talk to them and hear their story, I am inspired by their courage and faith and willingness to carry on with a positive attitude anyway.