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Valarie Alvarez, Blindness Training Coordinator, Cris Cole Vocational Rehabilitation Center for the Blind

After receiving her degree from UTEP Valerie started her career at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She worked in many different capacities such as teacher’s assistant, technology support TA, track coach and vocational rehabilitation instructor. Valerie has experience working with a variety of students whose ages range from 8 to 22 years old as well as working with students whose academic abilities ranged from on-grade level to practical academics for students with cognitive impairments. Valerie began working at TWC/CCRC in 2013 as a Career Guidance instructor however in 2016 she obtained the Blindness Training Coordinator position. She has written curriculum for the CG department,has taught the College Prep program and presented at several conferences around the state. In 2015 Valerie obtained her Supportive Employment and Job Placement Specialist certification from UNT. 

Valerie was nominated and selected to record a TED Talk at Texas State University. Her talk is called Learning to say the B word. You can find her talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYXmkeIQAE8&t=33s

Valerie also leads a busy personal life. She is married and has four beautiful children. Valerie enjoys dancing, reading and lately has discovered the fun in traveling. 

Anne L. Corn, Ed.D. 

Research Professor (Volunteer), University of Cincinnati, Department of Ophthalmology

Professor Emerita, Vanderbilt University,

  • Primary Appointment:  Dept. of Special Education
  • Secondary Appointment: Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Other appointments:

  • Investigator, Kennedy Center for Research and Education on Human Development
  • Investigator, Vanderbilt Vision Research Center
  • Investigator, Vanderbilt Brain Institute

Education:

1980 Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, Special Education: Visual Handicaps

1978 M.Ed. Teachers College, Columbia University, Special Education: Visual Handicaps

1973 M.A, California State University at San Francisco (currently San Francisco State University), Special Education: Visual Handicaps

1972 B.S. Syracuse University Special Education: Mental Retardation (cognitive disabilities), Elementary Education, Nursery Education (early childhood education)

Kate Borg, TSBVI Outreach Director

Kate Borg is the director of Outreach here at TSBVI. Kate joins us in 2019 after working at the Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) for many years. Kate has been an administrator, instructional coach, classroom teacher, and itinerant TVI. In addition to leading TSBVI's Outreach mission, Kate has leadership roles within the Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB) and the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI).

Kassandra Maloney, Yoga Instructor and author of Yoga for Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments, Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Kassandra is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Yoga Teacher at Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired where she has worked for the past 10 years. She  became a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and then a Radiant Child Yoga Teacher in 2010 and never looked back! Since then, she has been teaching yoga and movement to students at TSBVI where she combines her passions for orientation and mobility and yoga as she works with students with visual impairments! Last year her first book, Yoga for Children with Visual Impairments was published by TSBVI.  Kassandra is also an avid blogger and shares her thoughts and tips on orientation and mobility, yoga, and other topics.