I initially entered the field of education as a 4th and 5th grade elementary teacher. I later became certified as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. I have been teaching students who are blind and visually impaired for 23 years. I am a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and my role is to teach independent travel skills in the home, school, and community to the highest and safest degree possible using age-appropriate strategies.
I enjoy teaching travel concepts to encourage my students to initially explore and critically examine their immediate environment for safe travel skills. I then seek to expose my students to higher level skills that address the Expanded Core Curriculum which will enable them to utilize assistive technology and daily living skills, as well as career exploration, as they become confident to branch out to learn more about travel related skills in their communities.
Teacher of the Year - Almeda Elementary - Houston Independent School District 1988 Teacher of the Year - Itinerant Teacher of the Year - Alief Independent School District 1994 Teacher of the Year - Orientation and Mobility Specialist - Gwinnett County Public Schools 2010
Education Specialist – Curriculum and Instruction Lesley University 2010 Masters - Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind and Visually Impaired, University of Little Rock, AR 2001 Orientation and Mobility Endorsement - University of Texas, Austin 1997 Teacher of the Visually Impaired Endorsement Texas Tech, Lubbock 1993 Bachelors – Psychology University of Missouri Kansas City 1980
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