President, Beth Jones • Houston firstname.lastname@example.org
The answer is because my family (father, sister, myself, son, and daughter) has dominant optic nerve atrophy, which has given me first-hand experience with the needs of individuals with visual impairments. Read more
Beth earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in special education, from Louisiana State University. She also holds a Master of Education in Educational Psychology, with specializations in special education and school counseling, and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (graduated Cum Laude), with a concentration in special education, both from Texas A&M University. Beth has a total of seven years of public school teaching experience, five years as the lead special education teacher for her respective campuses, and the experience of teaching both resource reading/language arts and mathematics (grades K-6). Beth is currently an Associate Professor of Special Education and Graduate Program Coordinator at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C)… This is why I’m part of TAPVI.
President Elect and Secretary, Alison Brown • Houston email@example.com
Decades ago, I thought I had it all figured out — I got my education and my dream job, married a man whom I thought would be a great dad, and I started on my family. I had two daughters and everything was just how I planned it. Then life threw me a few curve balls when I discovered my younger daughter was legally blind, and eventually that she had additional disabilities. Read more
Then my son was born deaf-blind with critical medical problems. These issues taught me how important relationships are for support and information. I learned so much from other parents who had “been there”, and I learned how to be strong again by helping others. Early on, I co-founded two disability support groups, and participated in several more. I was involved in TAPVI’s 2004 beginnings. At every point, my participation in these groups has helped me connect with others for giving and receiving support and information. I have benefited from participating in disability groups of all kinds, but the visual impairment component is the aspect that is closest to my heart …. This is why I’m part of TAPVI.
Treasurer, Linda Hulett • Houston firstname.lastname@example.org
I have worked in the world of special education since 1992 as a special education teacher and then as an educational diagnostician. I am married with two children and two dogs. My son, Robert, was born in 2004 and was diagnosed with a Cortical Visual Impairment when he was 3 1/2 months old. Read more
His diagnosis inspired me to move my career toward visual impairments. I became an educational diagnostician who tested only students with visual impairments for five years. Since 2012, I have been working as a Certified Vision Teacher. Over the years, I have gained so much knowledge and experience through my jobs in special education as well as my on the job training as a parent of a child with a visual impairment. I am happy to share those experiences with others in any way that will make their journey a little easier. I absolutely love working with my students and their families! This is why I’m part of TAPVI.
Past President 2017-18, Deb Christoph • Houston
Past President, 2016-17 Karen Whitty • Round Rock
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Aubri Simpson • San Antonio firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Sandoval • Austin email@example.com
Rachel Simpson • Austin firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel works as the Family Engagement Specialist on the Visual Impairment Team of the Outreach Department at Texas school for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She currently serves as an Advisor for TAPVI. Her previous employment includes work as a manager, deafblind specialist and vocational rehabilitation counselor. Rachel lives with her family in Bastrop.