Outstanding Teacher of Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired with Additional Disabilities

Julie Lemman

  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Outstanding Teacher of Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired

Gina Fugate

  • The Maryland School for the Blind

Gina Fugate is a Lego Engineering & Technology Teacher at Maryland School for the Blind. She has 15 years of teaching experience, including teaching students who are blind and visually impaired in a public school setting in Appalachia. Gina is a first generation college graduate and began her teaching journey focused on high school English. After learning about her own eye condition, Gina earned her M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis on Visual Disabilities from Vanderbilt University. She is a self-described lifetime learner and has acquired other specialities, which includes finding her way to computer science, accessibility, and assistive technology. Gina co-coaches the DOT5UDOGS and 180 Optimum using Quorum Lego Robotics for First Lego League. She is an active member of the Curriculum Committee for the Quorum Programming Language. She is also co-teaching AP Computer Science Principles for the Virtual Co-op via the Council of Schools for the Blind.

Outstanding Residential Life Staff Member

Daniel Butler

  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Outstanding Related Services Provider

Sara Reuss

  • Nebraska Center for the Education of the Blind

Outstanding Provider of Outreach Services

Jim Olson

  • Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

Outstanding Paraprofessional

James Bristol 

  • Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind