Naima’s passion for education and her students has been a lifelong pursuit -even before she was a teacher. She is the embodiment of perseverance, passion and reinvention and models that for her students – instilling a love of lifelong learning in those who are lucky enough to cross her path. Naima Hall serves 2nd and 3rd graders who are blind and/or visually impaired. She provides onsite braille and advocacy work for students who are integrated into a general population setting, turning print material into braille (by hand or electronically) and making tactile models of concepts using embossing tools and haptic construction materials. She also helps students learn how to advocate for themselves and ensures that schools are compliant in their educational delivery to this specialized population. Three years ago, Naima received a Fund for Teachers Fellowship grant to explore the life of Louis Braille in France and investigate French-inspired multisensory, experiential learning opportunities that promote New York state’s Expanded Core Curriculum for blind and visually impaired students. This experience inspired her to earn a certification as a Library of Congress Certified Braille transcriber––an achievement that is more difficult to accomplish than passing the bar or getting a CPA!
Submitted by: Fund for Teachers