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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers a collaborative work environment where we serve students from across the state.

Featured Positions

Part-time Travel Chaperones and Drivers to escort our students—

  • two days a week (10 hour shifts and 5 hour shifts), primarily Fridays and Sundays (some Thursdays and Mondays) 
  • students travel by bus and plane to various cities around Texas, escorted by our Chaperones and Drivers
  • a great job for students and retirees— you're free to study or read for the return half of the shift when students are not present!

Residential Instructor

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At TSBVI, we believe our employees are our strength. Join us as we deliver compassionate teaching to our students who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

While experience working with students who are blind or visually impaired is helpful, very few people have this opportunity prior to working at TSBVI. Our training program will give you the skills you need to be a successful and confident employee whose work makes a meaningful difference for students who are blind and visually impaired in Texas.

In addition to the chance to have a positive, life changing impact on our students, eligible employees benefit from the following:

  • medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • disability and life insurance benefits
  • vacation, holiday, and sick time
  • defined benefit retirement plan through Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)
  • retirement savings programs
  • commuter spending account
  • education and training through various programs 

Opportunities at TSBVI

Contact Human Resources

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Human Resources Department
1100 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78756
HR Office: (512) 206-9129
HR Fax: (512) 206-9403
HR E-mail:

TSBVI is an equal opportunity employer.

Parent and Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct

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Manual para padres y estudiantes y Código de conducta estudiantil

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All Texas students who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind, including those with additional disabilities, will have high quality educational opportunities at the TSBVI campus and in their home district; empowering them to lead productive and fulfilling lives.


We serve as a leading center of expertise and resources, working in partnership with schools, families, communities, and organizations to transform educational outcomes for students, ages birth to 22, who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind, including those with additional disabilities.


We believe in the strength, competence, and potential for independence of students who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind, including those with additional disabilities. All staff at TSBVI demonstrate commitment as a team to foster and celebrate these attributes every day.

We believe that our important mission, established by the people of Texas through our legislature, is to serve all students in the state through collaboration and partnership with families and local educational teams. By doing so, TSBVI ensures that Texas as a whole receives the greatest value for its investment in the promising future of these students.

We believe that the extraordinary expertise related to visual impairment and blindness developed at TSBVI since its founding in 1856 continues to grow in its leadership for the entire state. We are committed to using this expertise for innovations that will eliminate barriers to learning through instruction in all areas of the Core and the Expanded Core Curriculum.

We believe that the State of Texas has established a statewide educational system for these students that is widely recognized as among the very best in the nation. TSBVI is honored to play a key role in the achievement of this recognition.

Long-Range Strategic Goals

TSBVI will be a leader in providing statewide expertise and resources:

  1. Students with visual impairments will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and agency to lead vocationally, personally, and socially satisfying lives.
  2. Students with visual impairments will have access to quality education based on appropriate assessment, curriculum, and instruction.
  3. Students with visual impairments will receive a quality education from qualified professionals and trained staff.
  4. Parents of students who are blind, visually impaired, and DeafBlind will have a thorough understanding of their child’s visual impairment and instruction in specialized skills needed to maximize learning.
  5. Partnerships will be developed so that students with visual impairments have quality resources available at the TSBVI campus and in their home district.
  6. TSBVI administrative and support staff will contribute to the accomplishment of the school’s mission by providing high quality products and services.
  7. Students and staff will learn and work in a quality state-of-the-art campus.

Strategic Planning

Operating Budgets and Legislative Appropriation Requests

Comprehensive Programs Community and Student Engagement Report

Customer Service Report

Annual Improvement Plan

Annual Report

Annual Financial Report

SB 20 Monthly Reporting

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TSBVI students walking along the covered path and laughing while it rains. General School Contact Information

  • Address:
    Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    1100 W. 45th St.
    Austin, TX 78756
    MapQuest View of TSBVI - location within Austin
    Campus Map
  • Switchboard: (512) 454-8631
  • Toll Free Number: 1-800-872-5273
  • FAX Number: (512) 206-9453
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

 Board of Trustees

Staff Directory


Emily Coleman, (512) 206-9133

Open Records Coordinator & Customer Service

All open record requests should be submitted in writing to TSBVI’s Open Records Coordinator:

Susan Houghtling, Open Records Coordinator, Customer Service Representative
1100 W. 45th Street
Austin, Texas   78756
Fax: 512-206-9453

Principals/Assistant Principals/Coordinators

  • Comprehensive Programs
    • Miles Fain - Principal
      (512) 206-9251
    • Tad Doezema  - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9457
    • Eden Hagelman - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9451
    • G'Nell Price - Assistant Principal
      (512) 206-9396
  • Post Secondary Program
    • Tyler Thompson - Coordinator
      (512) 206-9497 
  • Special Education Director
    • Valerie Perwein
      (512) 206-9281
  • Short-Term Programs
    • Sara Merritt - Principal
      (512) 206-9176

Accessibility Coordinator

  • Jim Allan
    (512) 206-9315


  • Cathy Olsen, Coordinator
    (512) 206-9182

Business and Operations

  • Pamela Darden, CFO 
    (512) 206-9422

Center for School Resources

  • Susan Hauser, Director
    (512) 206-9273

Health & Medical Issues

  • Sally Freeman, Director
    (512) 206-9137

Human Resources

  • Cheryl Williams, Director
    (512) 206-9129
  • Applicant Questions
    (512) 206-9340

Information/Instructional Technology

  • Dan Hampton, Director of Information Resources
    (512) 206-9210 

Operations Department

  • Brian McDonald 
    (512) 206-9126

Outreach Program

  • Kate Borg, Director
    (512) 206-9242
  • Miriam Miramontes, Outreach Administrative Coordinator
    (512) 206-9268
  • Randall McAlister, APH Quota Materials
    (512) 206-9344
  • Chrissy Cowan, Mentor Coordinator and Personnel Prep
    (512) 206-9367


  • Valerie Perwein, Supervising Psychologist
    (512) 206-9281

Publications / Curriculum

Book Orders & Order Status

  • Bob Mellon
    (512) 206-9272 Voice or (512) 206-9282 FAX

Questions About Publication Content

  • Debra Sewell
    (512) 206-9183
  • Jeanne Williamson
    (512) 206-9383

Residential Program

  • Shelly Allen, Director
    (512) 206-9179
  • Cheryl Austin, Assistant Director
    (512) 206-9203
  • Matt Schultz, Assistant Director
    (512) 206-9348

Short-Term Programs

  • Sara Merritt, Principal
    (512) 206-9176

Student Counselors and Social Workers

Student Trust Fund

  • Pamela Darden
    (512) 206-9422


  • Gloria Bennett , Coordinator
    (512) 206-9234

Weekends Home:

  • Gian Calaci, Coordinator
    (512) 206-9231 - Office
    (512) 844-9362 - Cell

Contact Information

General Contact Information

  • Address:
    Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    1100 W. 45th St.
    Austin, TX 78756
  • Switchboard: (512) 454-8631
  • Toll Free Recording Number: 1-800-872-5273
  • TDD (512) 206-9451
  • FAX Number: (512) 206-9450
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm


Principals/Assistant Principals/Coordinators: 

  • Comprehensive Programs
    • Miles Fain, Principal (512) 206-9251
    • Tad Doezema, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9457
    • Eden Hagelman, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9451
    • G'Nell Price, Assistant Principal (512) 206-9396
  • Post Secondary Program
    • Tyler Thompson, Coordinator (512) 374-1664

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  • Cathy Olsen, Coordinator (512) 206-9182 

Business and Operations

  • Pamela Darden, Administrator (512) 206-9422
    • Operations Department
      • Brian McDonald, Director of Operations (512) 206-9126

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Center for School Resources

  • Susan Hauser, Director (512) 206-9273

Health & Medical Issues

  • Sally Freeman, Supervisor (512) 206-9137 

Human Resources

  • Cheryl Williams, Director (512) 206-9132

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Information Resources

  • Dan Hampton, Director of Information Resources (512) 206-9210

Outreach Program


  • Valerie Perwein, Supervising Psychologist (512) 206-9281

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Residential Program Directors 

  • Shelly Allen, Residential Director,  (512) 206-9179
  • Cheryl Austin, Assistant Residential Director, (512) 206-9203
  • Matt Schultz, Assistant Residential Director, (512) 206-9348

Short-Term Programs

  • Sara Merritt, Principal (512) 206-9176

Social Workers

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Special Education Director

  • Valerie Perwein, (512) 206-9281

Student Trust Funds 

  • Director of Accounting (512) 206-9208 (contact Pam Darden until further notice at )

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Volunteers, Community Resources and Donations: 

  • Gloria Bennett, Coordinator (512) 206-9234

Weekends Home

  • Gian Calaci, (512) 206-9231

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This page and the entire TSBVI World Wide Web site strives to be accessible to all people.


The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired World Wide Web site reflects the schools vision of serving as a leading center of educational expertise for students with visual impairments. The TSBVI website strives to be a model for web site design to ensure the information is accessible to individuals with visual impairments. Such information can be easily transformed into Braille, large print, voice output, and regular text. As a technical information resource, the site will focus on four areas:

Training - materials to support training and education, announcements of upcoming training events, and provision of on-line training

Research - provide for the ongoing development and dissemination of research information developed here at TSBVI, within the State of Texas, and elsewhere. It is our hope that such information will coordinate the efforts of professionals working in the classroom, educational center, and academic context

Curricula - provide for the efficient sharing of information concerning education of students with visual impairments.

Technical - provide resources for professionals, parents, and lay persons associated with programs for the visually impaired and deaf/blind throughout the state, country, and world

All resources on the TSBVI Web page are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. You are welcome to use these resources as needed provided that the TSBVI Web page is cited as the source. A basic tenet of TSBVI is to promote the collegial sharing of information. You are invited to submit items for publication on the website. In all cases author contact information will be included. In this manner, we hope to build a valuable resource to promote the development of instructional materials and resources.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

All articles appearing on this website represent the individual positions of their authors and not the position of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The TSBVI website contains a variety of links and references to resources available through government, educational, commercial, nonprofit, and international websites. External links to websites from the TSBVI website and references to non-TSBVI resources are provided solely for informational purposes and the convenience of the user. The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired does not control, review, approve, or endorse these sites or the information, products or services contained therein. These other sites may collect data or personal information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. If you decide to access any site linked to this site, you do so entirely at your own risk. In addition, the external links and resources are in no way intended to represent an exhaustive listing.

State Web Site Link and Privacy Policy

Accessibility Policy

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) is committed to making its Web site accessible to all users. To make the site more accessible, we include several features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. Some of these features are described below.

A descriptive text equivalent is provided for images and other non-text elements, aiding users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader, rather than reading the site.

Major reports and other publications that are on the Web site are generally available in HTML or other accessible format. When publishing a document in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), we will also post an accessible version.

TSBVI is committed to making its Web site accessible according to the standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards. To improve the accessibility of our Web site, we test any major redesign with screen readers and other tools. The results of these reviews are incorporated into the Web site.

TSBVI welcomes comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our Web site interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact the webmaster. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

If you have a visual impairment there are many options which you can control from the selection of an accessible browser to modifying your browser to meet your needs. Visit Large Print and Speech Access to the World Wide Web.

Questons about accessibility?

Privacy Policy

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired maintains this web site as a public service. The following is the privacy policy for this site (all pages starting with

  1. We do not use cookies to collect information. Note: A cookie file contains unique information a web site can use to track such things as passwords, lists of pages you've visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific page or to identify your session at a particular web site. A cookie is often used in commercial sites to identify the items selected for a specific shopping cart application. We do, however, use cookies to store your viewing preferences during your visit to our site so that if you choose to view the site in high contrast mode, your selection will be applied to every page that you view.
  2. If you send us an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, or fill out a form that e-mails us this information, we will only use the personally-identifiable information to respond to your request and analyze trends. We may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question.
  3. For site management functions, information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information, and will not be released to any outside parties unless legally required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings.

We use Log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. The following information is collected for this analysis:

  • User Client hostname - The hostname (or IP address if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access.
  • HTTP header, "user-agent" - The user-agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system it's running on.
  • HTTP header, "referer" - The referer specifies the page from which the client accessed the current page.
  • System date - The date and time of the user/client request.
  • Full request - The exact request the user/client made.
  • Status - The status code the server returned to the user/client.
  • Content length - The content length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client.
  • Method - The request method used.
  • Universal Resource Identifier (URI) - The location of a resource on the server.
  • Query string of the URI - Anything after the question mark in a URI.
  • Protocol - The transport protocol and version used.

Submission Guidelines for Content Publication on

  • Use a FAQ structure (see bns faq as an example)
  • Identify sources of quoted materials (link to source when available)
  • When referencing specific products provide a link to appropriate manufacturer's product page
  • Provide complete author information. Name, Organization, Address, E-mail.
  • Submit publications for consideration to Jim Allan

Open Records Policy