The National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) Teacher of Tomorrow Program provides opportunities to enhance students’ educational experience by learning from successful blind adults, parents of blind children, and blind children and youth.
In this, the second year of the award program, seven out of a total of 25 candidates were from PSU and are members of the unique online program to prepare teachers of students with visual impairments. The students are:
- Christopher Klicks (Oregon)
- Shiela Martin (Oregon)
- Elizabeth Asher (Oregon)
- Lisa Long (Montana)
- Emily Coleman (Montana)
- Kasey Holt (California)
- Jeanette Isaacson (Oregon)
“This is a thrilling experience for these students,” says Professor Jim Bickford, director of the PSU Program in Visual Impairments. “These are passionate and dedicated individuals who bring a lot to the field. I know they will do well.”
The NFB Teacher of Tomorrow Program supplements the educational program at PSU to prepare teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired. Students will get a chance to meet with colleagues throughout the country at various conferences, seminars, and events, and will be paired with mentors who work closely with families of blind students, as well as with blind professionals. They will study the philosophy of blind culture, become familiar with the newest assistive technology available, and review the latest curricula. The PSU students will attend a National Leadership Academy where they will spend a week working closely with blind high school students, and will be afforded opportunities to become involved in legislative advocacy for the blind and vision-impaired at the national level.
Students were chosen for demonstrating enthusiasm, passion, and readiness for working with the blind community and will receive full fellowships to participate in this unique program.