American Printing House for the Blind National Scholar – Terry Lemaire, M.Ed.

Terry LemaireStrafford Learning Center is pleased to announce that Terry Lemaire, our Program Director for the Vision/Hearing Department, has been named a National Scholar for the American Printing House for the Blind. Terry was nominated and named as a scholar due to her dedication and expertise over 35 years in serving students with visual disabilities.

Terry's career has included teaching positions within the Nashua and Manchester School Districts, a Special Education Administrator position and work as a private consultant. For the past eleven years, Terry has been employed by Strafford Learning Center as a Program Director and a Teacher of the Visually Impaired. In her role, she has worked directly with teams of teachers and related service providers assisting students with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairments. She also provides mentoring and support to the other five members of the department. It was through Strafford Learning Center that Terry participated in a 5 year intensive training opportunity for students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), including multiple disabilities and deaf-blindness, through the New England Center for Deaf Blindness, housed at Perkins School for the Blind.

Here are a few examples her talent and leadership which earned her the nomination:
• Terry has been an integral and influential member of an interagency collaboration that involves Strafford Learning Center , the New Hampshire Department of Education, the Perkins School for the Blind, the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and SERESC. This group not only provides direct training for teachers of the Visually Impaired and teams working with them, but also is actively soliciting teachers to the field of visual disabilities.
• She has been a presenter at multiple conferences and workshops for a large variety of audiences.
• Terry is a developer of an online, blended learning pathway for Strafford Learning Center's new Eduplanet21 website. She will be the instructor for the learning pathway as well.
• She is a strong and compassionate advocate for students with visual disabilities and their families.

We congratulate Terry on her achievement and are very proud to have her as a key member of our organization.