Company: California School for the Blind
Location: Fremont, CA
FREMONT, CA, January 9, 2012, Alysa Beth Chadow, Teacher at the California School for the Blind, has been recognized by Elite American Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in specialized education.
With more than 22 years of professional experience, Ms. Chadow specializes in English, language arts and mathematics instruction. In her current capacity, she is responsible for interacting with middle school students, developing curricula and various educational programs including Braille and speeches, and coordinating with her student teacher various homework assignments and additional activities to help students overcome their physical disabilities and move forward with their education. In recognition of her efforts to help visually impaired students to achieve their academic goals, Ms. Chadow was honored with an award from the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.
In addition to her role as a teacher, Ms. Chadow is an author who loves to write. She is working on a book for children, which she intends to publish upon its completion. She received an award for having her synagogue’s prayer book published in Braille. As she is visually impaired, she decided to become a teacher for blind and visually impaired children, and feels that it was the best and most rewarding decision she has ever made. In 2010, her short story, “Portrait of a Traveler,” was published in “Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Relationship between People with Disabilities and their Assistance Dogs.” She also sewed the pictures for My Kite, a children’s book that she wrote and exhibited in an arts show at the National Institute for Art and Disabilities in Richmond, California in December of 2010. In addition, she wrote and read her poetry in the Alameda area, a couple of which are slated for publication in 2011. Ms. Chadow used her love of animals and burgeoning interest in science to write two articles for the California Wolf Center’s upcoming newsletter.
Ms. Chadow holds a number of accreditations which allow her to help visually impaired students to learn and grow. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University, a Master of Science in Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired from Hunter College, and a Master of Education in Anthropology from the Teachers College of Columbia University. She is licensed as a teacher of the blind in the State of New York, certified as a teacher for the blind and the visually impaired in the State of California, and she holds a single subject credential in English in the State of California, as well. She attributes her success as an educator to her determination, sense of humor, innovative thinking, and ability to make the most out of the tools with which she has been provided to offer her students the best education possible.
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