Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett is the 17th president and first female president in the 131-year history of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student to develop independence and lifelong success.
Dr. Prickett has been an educator of blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind students for over 40 years. At Illinois State University, she earned her bachelor’s degree in education with specialization in elementary education and education of students with visual impairments (1973), followed by a master’s degree in education of the deaf (1977) and then a doctorate degree in educational administration (1983).
She began her career at the Illinois State University Laboratory Schools, where she taught in resource programs serving blind/visually impaired students, deaf/hard of hearing students, and deafblind students. At ISU, she also taught university courses and supervised graduate students studying to become special education teachers. Subsequently, Dr. Prickett served as a regional consultant and an administrator in elementary and secondary programs serving students with low incidence disabilities in the Chicago suburbs and in Central Illinois.
In Washington, DC, Dr. Prickett served on several federal projects in vision impairment and deafblindness through the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. At Gallaudet University, she was the project director for the federally funded National Information Center on Deaf-Blindness. During this time, she coordinated and taught courses in the federally funded personnel preparation program in Vision Impairments at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD while also coordinating statewide technical assistance and training in deaf-blindness for elementary and secondary school programs through JHU and the Maryland Deaf-Blind Project.
As coordinator of materials development for a federally funded national initiative through the American Foundation for the Blind, Dr. Prickett served as an editor and wrote multiple modules for Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf-Blind, the recognized resource for teacher preservice and inservice training in deafblindness. The Hand in Hand curriculum continues to be used worldwide in personnel preparation programs.
Dr. Prickett next relocated to Honolulu, where she served as administrator for the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind, with oversight of state instructional, diagnostic and dormitory programs for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired and deafblind students. Subsequently, she became superintendent at the Iowa School for the Deaf, where she administered state instructional and dormitory programs for deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind students; she also served as president of the ISD Foundation.
After an exhaustive search by the FSDB Board of Trustees, Dr. Prickett became the first female president in the school’s history.
Dr. Prickett has written numerous articles and book chapters related to education of children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. She has served as a consultant, as an adjunct faculty member for several college and university programs, and has given numerous presentations and training sessions both nationally and internationally. She has also served on various committees and boards on the local, state and national level. Recently she served as an appointed member of the City of St. Augustine Vision Steering Committee (January 2014-June 2015), which developed the City’s new vision and strategic goals for the City Commission’s adoption.
A native of Bloomington, IL, Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett is married to Dr. Hugh Prickett, a retired professor of deaf education and administrator of schools for the deaf; she has four stepchildren and three step-grandchildren. She is also fluent in both Spanish and American Sign Language, and reads and writes braille.