[nobe-l] More questions for Kathy was: RE: Quietly I introducemyself

Marianne mdenning at cinci.rr.com
Tue Feb 16 00:26:20 UTC 2010

Hope, the fewer accomodations you need the more likely a school district is 
to consider you for a position.  Have you thought about working with 
students who are ESL learners?

I am in my first year of teaching and I do not have any accomodations.  I 
have all of my own equipment.  You could probably get the Spanish book in a 
text format and download it onto your Braillenote or other notetaker.  You 
would need help grading papers unless you had the students use the computer 
and either email them to you or print them out.

There are ways to work many things out but you need to have a lot of the 
answers because the school system will not have them.  I think OSEP which 
stands for Office of Special Education Programs is pushing school districts 
to hire more people with disabilities.  I wouldn't use this as a weapon 
against a school district but it is good information to have.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Hope Paulos" <hope.paulos at maine.edu>
To: "National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List" 
<nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2010 6:20 PM
Subject: [nobe-l] More questions for Kathy was: RE: Quietly I 

> Hi Kathy. I have obtained my secondary education Bachelor's degree with a 
> focus on Spanish. I read in your message  that it is highly unlikely that 
> a totally blind person would be hired at a public school. I agree with 
> that statement-- have spoken to many principals when taking education 
> classes. My question, though, is what accommodations did you require from 
> the school when they hired you? Did you do anything different that made 
> you stand out so they *would* hire you, rather than look at other 
> qualified  applicants? The reason I ask, is because I'm looking for a 
> teaching job. At the moment, I don't have a masters in teaching of the 
> blind/visually impaired. I'd like to get a teaching job while I work on 
> obtaining my masters.
> Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kathy Nimmer" <goldendolphin17 at hotmail.com>
> To: "blind teachers" <nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:40 PM
> Subject: Re: [nobe-l] Quietly I introduce myself
>> Hello everyone,
>>  Well, I've sure enjoyed seeing the discussions from so many to-be 
>> teachers.  It is hopeful to me that people are entering the training 
>> process with an eye on this field, even though the odds are against them 
>> for hiring in a normal public school classroom.  I am someone who was 
>> fortunate to go against those odds. I am in my eighteenth year of 
>> teaching English and creative writing in a normal high school classroom 
>> in a large public school in Indiana.  Never would I claim to have all the 
>> answers to what must be many questions, but I am willing to give some of 
>> them a shot. I know I might be in a position to help those of you in 
>> college and looking toward a teaching job, so I invite you to ask away. 
>> I even had one list member come out to my neck of the woods to observe 
>> for three days this past August, a wonderful experience for both of us. 
>> She is student teaching right now. Again, nothing I do is the ideal or 
>> perfect answer for everyone else, but I do do it and have for seve!
>> ral years, not with success early on but with success far more often than 
>> not now.  Should we change the subject line if we're going to do an open 
>> back and forth q/a?  In between scanning and grading fifty historical 
>> short stories his weekend, I'll gladly offer my limited wisdom and will 
>> probably end up learning more from you than you do from me!  Hear from 
>> you soon.
>> Kathy Nimmer: Teacher, Author, Motivational Speaker
>> http://www.servicedogstories.com
>> http://guidedogjourney.livejournal.com
>> Even if the shadows of the valley hide your view,
>> You still must believe in the mountains.
>>> From: iamantonio at cox.net
>>> To: nobe-l at nfbnet.org
>>> Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:07:49 -0500
>>> Subject: [nobe-l] Quietly I introduce myself
>>> Hi all,
>>> I hope we are all busy at teaching, or learning how to teach, since I 
>>> have gotten no mail from this list in the past couple of weeks since 
>>> subscribing.
>>> I am a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island, 
>>> and subscribed here because I am at school to become a social studies 
>>> teacher.
>>> Some of you may know me from the NABS list, or the NFB of Florida, or 
>>> the NFB of Massachusetts, and some of you will come to know me as a 
>>> student at Western Governors University.
>>> This online university is where I currently attend, and it is where I 
>>> will obtain a bachelors in social studies teaching 5/12.
>>> I am optimistic about getting a job after graduation, and I expect my 
>>> hopes of employment to become realized. In other words, I want to, and 
>>> expect to land a job.
>>> Right now all I can do is to work hard at school, and hope for a bright, 
>>> if hectic teaching career.
>>> I have no specific questions at the moment, but hope to see some list 
>>> traffic.
>>> Are there blind teachers here? what do you teach, and are you listed in 
>>> Where the Blind Work?
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Antonio Guimaraes
>>> If an infinite number of rednecks riding in an infinite number of pickup 
>>> trucks fire an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number 
>>> of highway signs, they will eventually produce all the world's great 
>>> literary works in Braille.
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