Hero of Education Story – Pat Homberg

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB) Pat Homberg said her career in special education has been both challenging and rewarding, and she would encourage anyone entering education to consider the field of special education. “Special educators and general educators work together for all students. Special educators want to ...

Hero of Education Story – Erin Bashaw

Marion County As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI), Erin Bashaw said this was not a career she had planned to pursue, but it’s the one she loves. “It wasn’t a field I planned to go into, but I was given an opportunity and it was the best decision of my ...

Hero of Education Story – Angela Williams

Raleigh County In her own words, Angela Williams was drawn to the deaf. Many years ago, she worked with a rehabilitation program for adults with disabilities, and quickly realized how misunderstood this population can be. “The more time I spent with this population, the more I longed to be a part of ...

Hero of Education Story – Tiffany Barnett

Monongalia County After 10 years serving as Director of Exceptional Student Education with Monongalia County Schools and 20 years as an educator, Tiffany Barnett said her entire educational career has been dedicated to special education. “A career in education was a natural step in my life.  I have always enjoyed working with ...

Hero of Education Story – Natalie Armbruster

Marshall University Natalie Armbruster, a 21-year-old student from Barboursville, West Virginia, said she’s always known she wanted to be a teacher. “The women in my family have all been in the education system, and it was something that I was always around growing up. My grandmother was a kindergarten teacher, my mother ...

Hero of Education Story – Maria Harrah

Jackson County When Maria Harrah decided to become a certified educational interpreter, it was because she knew how important it is for our young deaf or hard of hearing children to have the same opportunities as others. One of those children happened to be her daughter, Franki, who was born profoundly deaf. ...

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