Blind Educator of the Year Award

The Blind Educator of the Year Award was established by the National Organization of Blind Educators, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, in 1991 to recognize outstanding blind teachers.

Every year, the award pays tribute to a blind teacher whose exceptional classroom performance, notable community service, and uncommon commitment to the NFB merit national recognition. A teacher not only provides information but also 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 NFB.


Nominations should be sent to the committee chairperson, Dr. Edward Bell, via email at [email protected] or by mail to the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness Department, Louisiana Tech University, P.O. Box 3158, Ruston, Louisiana 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 to be considered for that year’s award.

The Award

The Blind Educator of the Year Award is presented at the NFB National Convention. Honorees must be present to receive their award which includes an inscribed plaque and a check for $1,000.

More Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward Bell at 318-257-4554 or [email protected]. Dr. Bell was named Blind Educator of the Year in 2008. He is the chairperson the Blind Educator of the Year Award selection committee.