Release Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Announces 
Second Teacher of Tomorrow Class

Program Offers Teachers of Blind Students Opportunity 
to Learn about Blindness from Blind People

Baltimore, Maryland (October 13, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people, today announced the 2011 class for its NFB Teacher of Tomorrow program.  This program provides participants an opportunity to enhance their educational experience by learning about blindness from successful blind adults, parents of blind children, and blind students.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are pleased to welcome the 2011 class of this critically important program.  Blind children today are facing many obstacles, a good many of them due to the misinformation and stereotypes about blindness that abound in today’s society.  The Teacher of Tomorrow program connects teachers of blind students with blind people, offering teachers an invaluable opportunity to learn about the true nature of blindness.  Together we can ensure that blind children are given the best education possible.”

The class of 2011 is as follows:

1. Deborah Adams, Marshall University
2. Elizabeth Asher, Portland State University
3. Santosh Bommera, University of South Carolina
4. Channing Bond, Florida State University
5. Emily Coleman, Portland State University
6. Connie Craft, Louisiana Tech University
7. Susan Cranker, State University of New York–Potsdam
8. Michael Dickneite, Portland State University
9. Jodi Dowell, Marshall University 
10. Tina Foster, Marshall University
11. Katie Godby, University of Louisville
12. Stacey Hildenbrand, University of Louisville
13. Jeannette Isaacson, Portland State University
14. Stacy Jena, Northern Illinois University
15. Christopher Kliks, Portland State University
16. Nancy Lentz, Salus University
17. Lisa Long, Portland State University
18. Sheena Manuel, Louisiana Tech University
19. Sheila Martin, Portland State University
20. Shelley McCoy, Ohio State University
21. Bryan Moles, Northern Illinois University
22. Karlestrina Pettigrew, Salus University
23. Grace Quinones, Salus University
24. LaToya Shumate, North Carolina Central University
25. Theresa Smith, Salus University
26. Matthew Stewart, Marshall University

One of the leading objectives of the Teacher of Tomorrow program is to share methods on how to discuss blindness with students and how to best encourage them to develop positive attitudes about blindness.  This program also exposes participants to the latest in instructional strategies, access technology, and countless blindness resources.

For more information about the Teacher of Tomorrow program, please contact Rosy Carranza by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2283, or by e-mail at, or visit