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Christine graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Special Education from Florida State University with a focus in visual impairment and blindness. She completed a Master of Arts in Special Education from Florida State University with a focus on deaf/blind education. Christine holds a teaching certificate in the State of Georgia with endorsements in visual impairment and deaf/blind education. She is highly qualified to teach all academic areas from grades K-8.
Christine has been employed in a variety of settings as a teacher of the visually impaired for the past 14 years. The first four years were in an itinerant setting where students had a variety of abilities including students who were deaf/blind, blind, visually impaired, at varying levels of intellectual ability and children with autism who ranged in age from 3 to 21. Following this, she worked in a classroom setting for blind and visually impaired children who ranged in age from 5-8 and were learning to read and write using a variety of assistive technology devices. Another itinerant job, similar to the first, was then enjoyed for 4 more years. She was selected as teacher of the year at the South Carolina School for Deaf-Blind during 2000. Finally, Christine taught in a classroom setting for blind and visually impaired children in middle school including a number of students with significant communication disorders. Throughout her teaching career, Christine has been dedicated to implementing assistive technology solutions, including augmentative/alternative communication, in educational programming for use throughout the school day. Additionally, she has personal experience with a family member who is a communication device user.