NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

February 2018

Each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Visual Impairments

NC Department of Public Instruction

Office of Early Learning


Amazing Kids Submitted by Staff Members

Fabulous February Student of the Month Submitted by Hitty Chiott

The Stuff of Valentine's Day Submitted by Lori Persinger

Strategy to See Workshop Submitted by Paula Roten

Giving a Big Hand for Pam Bye Submitted by Hitty Chiott

Professional Development Submitted by Lin Causey

Staff Birthdays for February

Photo/Video Credits

Fabulous February Student of the Month...Laken

Laken never fails to amaze me and she always does something fun and unexpected. In the first picture, she is examining her two song choices: Wheels on the Bus, or the ABC song. In the next picture, she chooses BOTH - at the same time! She outsmarted me again!

The Stuff of Valentine's Day May Be Good for the Heart, in More Ways Than One

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches the heart.”

~Author unknown~

This quote came to mind as I think of our profession and Valentine’s Day this month. The shape of a heart is synonymous with love, which made me think about all the reasons I love what I do in this profession and I hope it shows. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to touch and be touched by so many lives throughout the years. Teaching is my love language.

With the beginning of a new year, it's the perfect time for us to recognize (and remind ourselves) why we absolutely love what we do. Here are my top 10 reasons I love teaching:

1. To share my passion for learning

2. I feel like my work has a purpose

3. I learn new things every day

4. To see the world from the children’s perspective

5. I love all the cool teaching tools and technology

6. My singing and acting career never took off (just kidding).

7. It is a fun and I can be creative

8. I get to work with an amazing team of gifted and talented practitioners

9. ELSSP-VI is a place where we share ideas purely for the sake of bettering ourselves.

10. It’s exciting to watch students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills. I admire their personal strength and determination to live and make the most of each day.

Lori Persinger, TVI

Paula Roten, Diane Sheline and Heather Bradford

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Heather Bradford, Paula Roten and Angel Wallace attended Diane Sheline's "Strategy to See: Strategies for Students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment" workshop January 26th and 27th in Durham. Diane is from Texas and has the Perkins Roman CVI Endorsement. Participants received a copy of Diane's Book Strategy to See. There were also numerous materials displayed including Diane's adapted books for students with CVI. In the photo Diane is holding an adapted slinky (she glued a puck light to the top of the slinky). For more information, vist Diane's website.

Diane's website is

Giving a Big Hand for Pam Bye...In Appreciation for Helping Hands

As a new TVI with ELSSP, I am incredibly grateful to have to have joined such a special team of helpful colleagues and mentors. Recently I had the opportunity to join one of my peer mentors, Pam Bye, on a visit with one of her students. In this short visit I got to see in action so many wonderful teaching strategies that are important in helping our students with visual impairments. For example, because her student benefits from a predictable routine, she starts and ends her lessons with a sweet greeting song and an ending song. After the greeting song she provides opportunities to practice looking at two options and making a choice for which song she would like next as shown in this picture featuring a choice between Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or The Itsy Bitsy Spider songs.

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As this picture shows, the choices are presented against a solid black felt board to reduce visual complexity and give her student simple visual targets. It was a joy to watch Pam Bye, her student, and the student’s mother in action - all enjoying the process of sharing these simple activities in support of developing visual skills. I love this picture of Pam’s hand guiding her student’s hand to explore the textures on a favorite wintertime book, That’s Not My Snowman. For me, this picture is the perfect symbol for my experience in working with Pam Bye and many wonderful and helpful TVIs with our ELSSP team: it shows an invitation to explore and learn with reassurance of a guiding and helpful hand!!
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Professional Development Opportunities

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Save the Date

The NC Conference on Visual Impairment and Blindness is scheduled for

April 19 and 20, 2018 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill.

There will be 5 tracks: Pre-School, K-12, Vocational Rehabilitation, Orientation and Mobility

and Pre-Employment Transition Services.

Monthly Webinars: Partnering with YOU through Visual Impairment information sharing

From the North Carolina Department of Publlc Instruction

Monthly Webinars 3:30-4:30 PM

February 15th

Secondary Transition for Students with Visual Impairment

Webinar Registration Link

April 12th

Practical Strategies for Preparing Students with VI for State Testing

Webinar Registration Link

May 3rd

Transitioning Students From One Level to the Next:

Preschool through High School

Webinar Registration Link

February Staff Birthdays

February 8th Debra Graham

February 12th Maryam Griffin

February 17th Lori Persinger

February 27th Malikata Blakey

February 27th Angel Wallace

Photo/Video Credits