Stephanie completed the teacher prep program at Florida State University, graduating with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Visual Disabilities. She began her career in the Gwinnett County Public Schools system as a TVI and O&M, providing direct and consultative services to students PreK through high school graduation. During her 5 years in Gwinnett, she also obtained her Educational Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership through Thomas University.
In June of 2017, she began her current role as Director of Children & Youth Services with Center for the Visually Impaired. She oversees the year-round programming for the early intervention program, BEGIN (infants – 5 years old), and our STARS program (Kindergarten – high school graduation). She serves as a member of our leadership team as well as Ex-Officio Trustee for the American Printing House for the Blind. Since she started with Center for the Visually Impaired, they have made much progress in developing consistencies across Children’s Programs, and most notably establishing a public-private partnership to start the first ever Toddler Class for young children who are blind or visually impaired. Due to the success of last year’s pilot class, they are not only continuing the partnership, but expanding to offer a Preschool Class for students ages 3-5 with a primary disability of BVI in addition to the Toddler Class.
She is extremely passionate about the work she does each day, but also the work of all of us in the field of BVI.