Texas Tech University - BVI
Rebecca Sheffield, CTVI, is a National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities 2011 Fellow, entering Doctor of Education in Special Education studies at Texas Tech University’s College of Education. Her specialization is in the education and support of students with visual impairments, with a particular emphasis on helping students with visual impairments access appropriate, effective, functional and educational technologies. She seeks to connect students with innovative and previously inaccessible resources through advocacy, teacher education, and technology development.
Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rice University in 2003 and earned professional certification as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment (CTVI) from Texas Tech University in 2010. She participated in the Reach Across Texas program and was awarded the Helen DeVitt Jones Part-time Graduate Scholarship. She anticipates receiving a Masters degree in Special Education with a focus in visual impairments from Texas Tech in December of 2011.
Rebecca has worked in public schools for six years, serving as a school technology coordinator, as a teacher of students with severe and profound disabilities, and as an itinerant teacher of students with visual impairments. In her most recent position with Comal Independent School District, she provided direct and consultant support for infants and students with visual impairments in home and school settings, while also initiating district-wide technology projects and organizing events to improve disability awareness and parent involvement. She previously provided technology support and instruction in government and commercial operations.