National Federation of the Blind Names Jordana M. Engebretsen 2021 Distinguished Educator of Blind Students
Baltimore, Maryland (July 9, 2021): The National Federation of the Blind has presented its annual Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award to Jordana M. Engebretsen of Post Falls, Idaho. Mrs. Engebretsen, a native of Ecuador, teaches blind and low-vision students in both English and Spanish. She works with students around the world through online instruction and in-person in northern Idaho where she currently resides. In addition to her regular teaching, she is collaborating with other teachers of blind students to create monthly activities for these students to meet each other, learn about their communities, and explore the state of Idaho through tactile maps and other resources.
“Mrs. Engebretsen’s colleagues and students testify that she goes above and beyond the call of duty, has high expectations, and has helped blind students and their families transform dreams into reality,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “She is an outstanding advocate for Braille literacy, early travel with the long white cane, technology skills, and other skills of blindness. She focuses on the individual needs of her students rather than on their visual acuity. These qualities make her an ideal recipient of our Distinguished Educator of Blind Students award.”
The Distinguished Educator of Blind Students award carries with it a $1,000 cash prize and an opportunity to address hundreds of parents of blind students and network with other blind individuals and teachers of blind students at the 2021 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, which is connecting blind people and their friends and families from anywhere to build opportunities everywhere.