[nobe-l] IPhone and news

Denise Millette dlmillette at friendlycity.net
Wed Oct 22 11:48:41 UTC 2014

Congratulations! Truly great news and a wonderful opportunity!!! 

Denise Millette

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 7:07 AM, Kathy Nimmer via nobe-l <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello,
>  Thanks to all who had suggestions on the IPhone. Hours with my blind
> friend have made me not afraid of the phone, and I actually am understanding
> its structure. It must be how our students feel when they meet something
> completely new. With time, I know I will see more and more of the benefits
> of this device.
>  I've been wrestling with how to share some big news without tooting my own
> horn, and I've not figured out a great way. However, the IPhone topic seems
> a good opening since I took that step due to this news, so here goes.
>  On September 30, I learned that I was selected as Indiana Teacher of the
> Year. I had previously been chosen my building winner and then my district
> winner. Through September, I advanced to the top ten in the state and then
> the top three. It is a multi-layered competition that I will not bore you
> with details at this time, but the journey has been stunning and humbling. I
> turn in my application for National Teacher of the Year tomorrow.
>  This honor is also a job. In the next year and a half, I will travel to
> five national meetings, conferences, or celebratory trips, including Space
> Camp in Alabama and a week in DC where I will meet the President. I will
> also have the option to take the 2015/2016 year completely off of teaching
> to complete what they call my "Year of Service." I will attend mandatory
> meetings and seminars that year, and from what I can tell, I can shape the
> rest of the time according to my passions. Mine is public speaking in a
> motivational role, so I will likely travel the state to do that in schools
> and other venues. Many details must be pounded out, including
> accommodations, but it will definitely change my world for the next several,
> several months.
>  Below is a link to the video they made of the afternoon I found out I was
> the winner in a surprise ceremony. It is short but powerful. I cannot
> remember a thing about that afternoon, so I am glad the whole thing was
> captured on video. I hope to use this role in part to open the public's eyes
> to the potential and ability of blind people, the rules and roles of guide
> dogs, and the power we all have to face and overcome obstacles. I am still
> pinching myself and still fighting a sense of anxiety and inadequacy, but
> each day has made me more confident that God has a plan for me in this role,
> and I just need to trust. Here is the link in which you will have to click
> the play button, and thanks for everything this list offers:
> http://www.doe.in.gov/toy
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