Concord teacher receives national award for work with blind students

  • Concord School District educator Adrienne Shoemaker (center) stands with Concord High sophomore Abby Duffy (right) and Cassandra McKinney, president of the National Federation of the Blind affiliate in New Hampshire. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 7/13/2019 8:26:36 PM

A Concord educator has been awarded a national honor for her work with blind and visually impaired students.

Adrienne Shoemaker received the National Federation of the Blind annual Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award in Las Vegas during a conference from July 7 to 12.

“Ms. Shoemaker has high expectations for her students and is dedicated to helping them transform their dreams into reality,” said Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind.

Shoemaker has been working with blind students for 10 years and is the only teacher of blind and low-vision students in the Concord public school system. In addition to her teaching of blind students, Shoemaker helped to develop a training course for teachers of blind and low-vision students at Granite State College and has taught the Braille courses that are part of the curriculum.

Shoemaker received her master’s in special education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2010 and her orientation and mobility certification in 2018.

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