[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind Educator

Edward Bell ebell at pdrib.com
Wed Apr 10 02:11:21 UTC 2019

             A number of years ago the Blind 
Educator of the Year Award was established by the 
National Organization of Blind Educators (the 
educators division of the National Federation of 
the Blind) to pay tribute to a blind teacher 
whose exceptional classroom performance, notable 
community service, and uncommon commitment to the 
NFB merit national recognition. Beginning with 
the 1991 presentation, this award became an honor 
bestowed by our entire movement. The change 
reflects our recognition of the importance of 
good teaching and the affect an outstanding blind 
teacher has on students, faculty, community, and all blind Americans.
             This award is presented in the 
spirit of the outstanding educators who founded 
and have continued to nurture the National 
Federation of the Blind and who, by example, have 
imparted knowledge of our strengths to us and 
raised our expectations. We have learned from Dr. 
Jacobus tenBroek, Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, Dr. Marc 
Maurer, and our current president Mark 
Riccobono  that a teacher not only provides a 
student with information but also provides 
guidance, advocacy, and love. The recipient of 
the Blind Educator of the Year Award must exhibit 
all of these traits and must advance the cause of 
blind people in the spirit and philosophy of the 
National Federation of the Blind.
The Blind Educator of the Year Award is presented 
at the annual convention of the National 
Federation of the Blind. Honorees must be present 
to receive an appropriately inscribed plaque and a check for $1,000.
             Nominations should be sent to Dr. 
Edward Bell, director, PDRIB, by email at 
ebell at latech.edu, or by mail to PDRIB, Louisiana 
Tech University, PO Box 3158, Ruston, LA 71272. 
Letters of nomination must be accompanied by a 
copy of the nominee’s current résumé and 
supporting documentation of community and 
Federation activity. All nomination materials 
must be in the hands of the committee chairman by 
May 1, 2019, to be considered for this year’s 
award. For further information contact Edward 
Bell at (318) 257-4554, or ebell at latech.edu.

Edward C. Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC, Director,
Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness
Louisiana Tech University
600 Mayfield Ave / 210 Woodard Hall
PO Box 3158
Ruston LA 71272
Office: 318.257.4554                      Fax: 318.257.2259
<mailto:ebell at latech.edu>ebell at latech.edu  www.pdrib.com
"I am somehow less interested in the weight and 
convolutions of  Einstein's brain than in the 
near certainty that people of equal  talent have 
lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."
-- Stephen Jay Gould

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