Professional Development

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) employs teachers who have a unique combination of qualification and expertise. Besides the requisite grade level or subject area certifications, they possess certification in education of deaf/hard of hearing students or education of blind/visually impaired students. FSDB teachers have taken and passed Florida state exams in both of these areas. Many teachers have additional certifications, such as Specific Learning Disabilities, Reading Endorsement or ESOL Endorsement. They are at the top of their respective fields.

Maintaining this level of education and expertise requires ongoing professional development. Federal grant funds received through Title I and Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act make it possible for FSDB teachers to take part in conferences, workshops, classes, and workday professional development opportunities.

Top-notch consultants are brought to the FSDB campus to share wisdom and best practices with FSDB staff members in the fields of general education, technology integration, assistive technology, deafness, blindness, parent engagement, assessment, and positive behavior support. These opportunities enable our teachers to stay up to speed on the latest developments in education, including the exceptional education field and all the specialized technologies required.  FSDB is also fortunate to have math and reading specialists, who plan and present professional development activities, share strategies, mentor new teachers, and provide model lessons in the classroom.  They are able to provide activities that enhance best practices and strategies to reflect the latest research-based methods for improving teaching and learning.

FSDB is committed to the provision of professional development opportunities for teachers and staff members that are standards-based, relevant, and innovative, which will in turn improve administrative leadership, teacher effectiveness, and student achievement. Professional development is a high priority on this campus; the results of such development are evident in the success of our students.

For more information, contact:

Tracie C. Snow, Administrator of Instructional Services
Elisha Zuaro, Reading Specialist, Blind Department
Judy Williams, Reading Specialist, Deaf Elementary School
Kathy Pyle, Reading Specialist, Deaf Middle School
Brent Bechtold, Reading Specialist, Deaf High School
Sue Clark, Math Specialist, Deaf Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Mark Largent, Math Specialist, Blind Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Byron Bridges, ASL-English Specialist, Deaf Department