Meet the STP Team

The Short-Term Programs team is highly qualified and specifically trained to serve visually impaired and blind students in Texas. We work together to cover all aspects of the learning experience. We are dedicated to our mission to empower all of our students while on campus and back in their home districts.

School Year Short-Term Programs Staff

Administrative Staff

Short-Term Programs administrative staff is led by a talented principal, supported by two administrative assistants. Our office is responsible for handling the entire admission process from the initial referral through the final reports and everything in between. We support families and Certified Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments throughout the state of Texas with all questions and concerns related to attending a short-term program during the school year or the summer months.

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Sara Merritt, M.Ed.

Principal of Short-Term Programs
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Phoebe Williams

Office Manager
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Nichelle White

Administrative Assistant

School Day Instructional Staff

Short-Term Programs instructional staff is comprised of a team of highly praised and qualified Certified Teachers of Students with Visual with Impairments and an amazing Teaching Assistant. STP teachers go above and beyond to meet the needs of our students across the state, whether the class is held on-campus or online. They teach students one-on-one or in group settings. This dedicated team also Coordinates all of our summer programs.

Helen Benton

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Annie Biondi

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Kat Heitman, M.A.T.

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John Rose, M.A.

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Joanne Rodgers, CTSVI (Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments)

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Nina Wibbenmeyer, M.Ed.

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Neely Kulhanek

Teaching Assistant

Residential Instructional Staff

Short-Term Programs has a dedicated staff of outstanding residential instructors who provide instruction in areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum such as independent living, recreation and leisure, social-emotional well-being, and self-determination. Students reside in a lovely duplex setting with 24-hour supervision (including an overnight residential instructor who is awake throughout the night).

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Bethany Johnson

Dorm Manager
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Derrick Fore

Residential Instructor
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Rebecca Hill

Residential Instructor
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Karen Poston

Residential Instructor
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Etta Shelby

Overnight Residential Instructor