Assistive Technology Specialist
Amy graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2003 with a bachelors degree and certification in Education of the Visually Impaired. She began working at WCBVI the following autumn and in has served in various capacities including teaching in a self-contained elementary education classroom, Short Course Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Daily Living Skills Teacher, and Assistive Technology Instructor. In 2017, Amy became a Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS), the first TVI in Wisconsin to do so. Shortly thereafter, she was hired in her current capacity.
Amy is a frequent presenter at various conferences on the topic of assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired. She enjoys creating content to assist TVIs out in the field with operating various pieces of technology and teaching it to their students. Amy believes that, though technology is a wonderful convenience, students should also be proficient in the use of low-tech and even no-tech tools to be prepared for when technology doesn’t work (which is almost always at the most inconvenient time).
When not at work, Amy is a volunteer for the Humane Society Of Southern Wisconsin and enjoys fostering cats and kittens (many of which have special needs). She is also a pet parent to Ellie, and Inky, the crazy and lazy felines that find endless ways to amuse and frustrate their “human staff”. They make up for their idiosyncrasies by being lap warmers while Amy reads, knits, or works on various projects.
Phone: (608) 758-6157