Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Two Members of the Field of Visual Impairment and Blindness Will Receive Awards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at the Organization's Annual Conference in April 2008

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Two Members of the Field of Visual Impairment and Blindness Will Receive Awards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at the Organization's Annual Conference in April 2008

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Two members of the field of visual impairment and blindness will receive awards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at the organization's annual conference in April 2008. The 2008 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year is Sheila Amato, who will be honored for her lifetime dedication to children with special needs. This is not the first time she has been so honored. In 2007, Ms. Amato was selected by her peers to receive the Teacher of the Year Award, which is presented by CEC's Division on Visual Impairments (DVI). Dr. Amato's professional responsibilities include working as a special education teacher and teacher of students with visual impairments at East Meadow School District in New York, as well as an adjunct assistant instructor and assistant professor for various colleges and universities, including Dominican College; Hunter College, City University of New York; New Mexico State University; Pennsylvania College of Optometry; Teachers College, Columbia University; University of Nebraska at Lincoln; and West Virginia University. In addition to her fulltime teaching schedule, Dr. Amato works as editor of D.V.I. Quarterly, the publication of DVI. Dr. Amato earned two master's degrees in education and the arts and a doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University. This year marks the second time that a teacher of students with visual impairments has been selected as teacher of the year by CEC. The 2007 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award recipient was Susan Osterhaus of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Also at the April 2008 CEC conference, Donna McNear will receive the organization's Outstanding Leadership Award, which recognizes a CEC member who has made significant contributions in leadership and dedication to students with disabilities at the local, state, national, and international levels over an extended period of time. …

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