[nobe-l] intro of me

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Thu May 8 21:12:01 UTC 2014

thanks. While my experience in that last education class did get me down, I 
certainly still love kids and will work with them in some capacity; maybe 
not in a classroom; maybe more in small groups or one to one, but somehow. I 
think its cool to help them grow and just be there for them.

So how long have you taught? Are you in a regular classroom; meaning a 
public school?
How many kids in your class?
That is great you teach kindergarten. I wonder if they raised concerns about 
you watching the kids and their safety as they did with me. if so, how was 
that overcome?

Take care, and I'll definitely see your blog. And I'll let my parents know 
too, because they cannot believe a  blind person, or almost blind person, 
can handle a room of kids. They think it’s a safety issue if something 
happens to the kids.

I'll get experience with kids or teens this summer somehow. I'm hoping to 
work at the day camp, but if that does not work, I can volunteer and there 
is always the two week bell program in august.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Sharon Dudley
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2014 4:50 PM
To: National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nobe-l] intro of me

Ashley, I'm so sorry for your bad experience in the classroom.  I teach
kindergarten now, and I'm totally blind.  If you'd like to ask me more
questions or talk, my email address is:

sharon.a.dudley at gmail.com

I also have a blog, if you'd care to look at it:


Hang in there!

Sharon Dudley, NBCT

On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM, Ashley Bramlett
<bookwormahb at earthlink.net>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I’m back after a while absence. I’ll introduce myself and then ask my
> questions.
> I’m Ashley, a young adult in the Virginia area. I joined the list again
> because I am thinking of either working with kids and youth as an 
> assistant
> or tutor to begin with. I’m thinking of working at either a camp now or
> after school program. Then, I’m thinking about going back to school for a
> masters in teaching; if I did so, it would likely be in special ed with
> emphasis on teaching visually impaired students. I’ve also contemplated
> learning disabilities or just getting an emphasis on teaching reading and
> writing, if programs are out there doing this.
> I have a BA in liberal studies from  marymount university. I actually
> tried elementary education but felt very discouraged back then. I was
> hoping to get that background and then study special ed at the  masters
> level; since I could not handle it back then, I figure I could still study
> it, but I’d take more courses since I have no background in teaching 
> except
> for a few classes. What happened was many things like I had trouble doing
> my observation hours since my last cooperating teacher was not thrilled
> about me walking around to interact with kids and talk. But being vision
> impaired, I needed to, otherwise how would I know what they did? they were
> doing a lot of seat work like drawing and tracing. it was kindergarten. 
> The
> kids were so friendly and perceptive. They remembered me even though I 
> came
> in only once or twice a week. The kids were quite charming and their
> imaginations intrigued me. so the issues came from the teacher not the 
> kids.
> Also, I did not pass praxis. my math skills were weak.
> Anyway, I studied psychology and communication for my degree. If I end up
> volunteering or working with kids, I’ll have questions. I’m wondering how 
> I
> would supervise kids at a camp? The recreation centers have camps, but its
> mostly active stuff like sports. I’m not sure if I could supervise them
> since their running around playing games like tennis and maybe basketball.
> They also do activities in the rooms which I think I could help out more;
> the activities are arts and crafts.
> In rooms its more structured and their in one position! So I might be able
> to handle that.
> Anyway, that’s where I’m contemplating getting a position, either paid or
> volunteer.
> Thanks.
> Ashley
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