Work History

Prior to setting out on my own, I worked in several school districts in the Cincinnati area. Prior to gaining teacher certification, I worked with adults who were losing their vision to continue to live the life they wanted. I also worked as a counselor helping people find employment and worked with students as they moved from education to adult life. I have always volunteered to work with children and teens with various disabilities, including running summer camps and being involved in mentoring programs.

Certification

I am a certified teacher of the visually impaired (CTVI) in Ohio and Kansas and can easily obtain certification in most other states.

Education

Most recently, I obtained teacher certification at the Master's level from Salus University (Pennsylvania). I also hold a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in History from Fort Hays State University (Kansas).

Personal

I graduated high school in rural Kansas after spending some time at the Kansas School for the Blind in Kansas City, KS. Receiving regular instruction from TVIs was difficult. I did, however, learn Braille in middle school. Excellent reading and writing skills, facilitated by knowledge of Braille, have been one of the biggest enablers of my success in education and work. The use of adaptive technologies like screen-reading software and note-takers has opened many more opportunities.