My instructors went above and beyond the call of duty to make me comfortable. They're always a phone call or email away.
— Sherry, IN, 2011


Pamela Bortz

Courses: Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet and Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition.

My hobbies include: reading; playing the piano, organ, guitar and English handbells; and singing in my church choir. I'm also a licensed amateur radio operator.

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W. Scott Cass

Courses: Business Ethics, Customer Service Basics, Finding Employment, Forms of Ownership, Managing Personal Finances, Market Research, Marketing: Conveying a Message, Marketing: Finding Customers and Clients, Marketing: Promotional Materials, Module 1: Introduction to the Business Enterprise Program, Module 10: Final Examination, Module 2: Vending Management, Module 3: Cafe Operations, Module 4: Dev. Systems to Structure and Manage Your Business, Module 5: Sales, Module 6: Employee Hiring and Development, Module 7: Labor and Cost of Goods Management, Module 8: Customer Service for BEP, Module 9: Business Processes, Networking Skills, Obtaining Financing, Self-Employment with a Minimal Investment, ServSafe: An Introduction, Taxes for Small Business, The Business Plan and The Marketing Plan.

I have been with Hadley since 2014. I have worked as a Management and Business Consultant since 2008. My engagements focused on profitability and client leadership development. Before this, I worked in restaurant management for over 20 years. I ran several stores as a General Manager, and I have opened two restaurants from the ground up before being promoted to a District Manager. I enjoy teaching entrepreneurs how to run a business, skiing, playing tennis, and spending time with my family, especially traveling together.

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Susan Fisher

Courses: Abacus 1, Abacus 2, Contracted Braille, Contracted Braille, UEB Edition and Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition.

I joined the Hadley team in 1981 and teach both braille and abacus. I've been in the field since 1973 and have taught visually impaired students at all levels, both resource and itinerant. In addition, for eight years, I taught literary braille at Northern Illinois University to future teachers of the blind. I enjoy exercising, reading, attending movies and plays and spending time with my growing family. My two latest adventures have been learning to play tennis and delivering Meals on Wheels.

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Deborah Good-Krochock

Courses: Conversational Spanish 1, Conversational Spanish 2 and Health.

A Hadley instructor since 1993, I have taught foreign languages at the high school and college levels for more than 30 years. My cross-cultural experiences include living and studying in France and Mexico. I love singing in foreign languages and playing piano.

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Judy Greene

Courses: Business Writing, Earth and Space Science and Typing and Keyboarding.

Before coming to Hadley, I taught visually impaired children and young adults in the Chicago School system for thirty-five years. My focus was reading and language arts in a resource setting. When I am not working, I love gardening, cooking, exercising at the gym, and socializing with my friends.

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Edwin Haines

Courses: Container Gardening, Independent Living: Clothing Care & Dressing Confidently, Independent Living: Socializing and Dining, Independent Living: The Beginnings, Introduction to Low Vision and Adults, Low Vision Focus at Hadley, Personal Safety: Self-Defense Strategies, Staying Safe: Emergencies and Disasters and Stress Relief and Meditative Gardening.

I have worked for a state agency providing rehabilitation services to visually impaired people for many years. I'm very excited to be part of Hadley's educational program. It's wonderful to be part of an organization that reaches out to so many people. When I have spare time, I love to spend it hiking in the woods with my family. I'm a student of martial arts and an avid listener of jazz.

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Donna Hernandez

Courses: Human Eye 1, Human Eye 2 and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

I also teach The Human Eye and Visual System course offered through the Hadley-USU partnership program.

For more than 32 years, I taught visually impaired students in a resource program for the Illinois public school system. In 2003, I became a Hadley instructor. My personal interests include my family (husband, son, several cats and dogs), cross-stitching, needlepointing, knitting, golf and directing the children's choir at my church.

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Sharon Howerton

Courses: Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet, Guide Dogs, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Infancy and Parenting: Preparation.

Prior to joining Hadley in 2002, I worked for 25 years as a rehabilitation counselor for the blind and visually impaired with the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services. When an early retirement program was offered in combination with the position at Hadley, I could not resist the opportunity for such a dramatic career change. Aside from family (two adult sons) and friends, my primary interests are music (I sing with our parish choir and study voice privately) and do anything I can for Guiding Eyes for the Blind where my guide dog and I trained in August, 2003.

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Ginger Irwin

Courses: Early Independence, Finding Your Way, Going Places, Independent Living: Orientation and Mobility Basics and Parenting Children with Multiple Disabilities.

I started in the field as a Physical Education Instructor in the Multi-Handicapped/Deaf-Blind Dept. at the Missouri School for the Blind. Later I was the Residential Director. I have been involved in coaching blind sports for over 25 years, having been one of the United State Coaches at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, Korea and in 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona, Spain. Currently, I work full time as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist for a Special Education Co-op in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I have been a part-time instructor for Hadley since 1995, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my students.

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Danette Johnson

Courses: Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Placement Assessment UEB (A/H) and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

I have been an itinerant teacher of the visually impaired and a certified orientation and mobility specialist for 23 years at public schools in Illinois. When I am not teaching, I enjoy attending my children's activities, especially baseball and musical performances. I also enjoy gardening and hiking.

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Julie Kay

Courses: American Government, Business Communications, Foundations of American Government, Get Ready, Get Set, Study!, High School Entrance Assignment, Literature: Drama, U. S. History: Discovery to the Jacksonian Era, U. S. History: Post-World War Years, U. S. History: The Nineteenth Century, U. S. History: World Wars and World History.

I taught for six years at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I also worked for 10 years at the Texas Commission for the Blind, where I started the Transition Program. At Hadley, I've served as director of the Family Education Department, associate dean and dean of educational operations. I was a contributing author of Skills for Success, published by the American Foundation for the Blind, which focuses on career awareness for middle school blind children. I like to spend time with my family, and I enjoy traveling.

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Nafisa Keels

Courses: Braille Teaching Methods for Adolescents and Adults, Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

I have taught in state school settings and as an itinerant for private and public agencies. I've had the pleasure of living and teaching in four states. My personal hobbies include skiing, ice skating, horseback riding and, when I can get away to the Florida Keys, SCUBA diving and dolphin research and training.

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Judy Matsuoka

Courses: Braille Teaching Methods for Children, Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition, Low Vision and School-Age Children and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

Before coming to Hadley, I was an itinerant special education teacher, a rehabilitation teacher, a university instructor, and then the executive director of a non-profit organization. I enjoy teaching Hadley students and helping to develop new courses. In my spare time, I volunteer as a grant writer for a local non-profit organization, read mysteries, and cook.

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Sue Melrose

Courses: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

I have been a preschool teacher at the Stanford lab school, a rehabilitation counselor for the blind through the Cooperative Schools Program at the Comission for the Blind in Texas, and an evaluator of accessible technologies for the Veterans Administration. I have been taking Hadley courses since I was a teenagers. I initially began working in the Computer Department at Hadley, but have truly enjoyed returning to instruction, allowing me to work directly with Hadley students.

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Randy Morgan

Courses: Blindness Basics, Business Fundamentals, Self-Help Groups: Advanced Topics and Self-Help Groups: An Introduction.

Prior to working for Hadley, I spent over 30 years working for the State of Florida's Division of Blind Services Program. I was employed in a variety of positions, including Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Supervisor, and District Administrator. Regardless of the position I occupied, my primary focus has always been the successful independence and employment of individuals who have visual impairments.

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Larry Muffett

Courses: Accounting for Small Business, Marketing: Creating an Image, Marketing: Matching Products to Customers and The Financial Plan.

As a trainer and staff development consultant, I helped numerous non-profit organizations nationwide learn to use software effectively, document standard operating procedures, and solve performance issues. My experience includes 12 years as Senior Consultant for Training & Development for a consulting firm. Before that I worked in economic development and served as a SCORE Counselor. I have also been an adjunct professor in business at Herzing University Online and at ITT Technical Institute for over four years. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught evening college courses in marketing, management, entrepreneurship, and finance.

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Jennifer Ottowitz

Courses: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Diabetes: Toward Self-Management, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition, Reinforcing Independence: The Role of the Family, Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

I have worked as a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist in Illinois and Wisconsin for over 20 years. I taught braille and other communication skills as well as activities of daily living to adults who are blind or visually impaired. I am actively involved with the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) as well as the Mid-America Conference of Rehabilitation Teachers (MACRT)

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Cathy Pasinski

Courses: Life Science and Physical Science.

Before joining Hadley, I worked as a vision itinerant teacher and an Orientation and Mobility Specialist in Illinois for eight years. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching movies with my family.

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Vicky Prahin

Courses: Basic English Skills 1, Basic English Skills 2, Business Law 1, Business Law 2, Elements of Poetry, English Diagnostic Assessment and Spelling: Word Study.

I enjoy reading, travel, working outdoors and learning about people and places. Hadley students give me an opportunity to meet many people from all over the world!

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Leeanne Pulvermacher

Courses: Algebra, Part 1, Algebra, Part 2, Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment, Practical Math 1, Practical Math 2, Pre-Algebra 1 and Pre-Algebra 2.

I have taught at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and as a vision itinerant teacher in the Chicago suburbs. Outside of the vision field, I have run a home daycare for eleven years, caring for infants through school-age children. In my free time, I enjoy reading, knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, and spending time with my family.

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Michael Rydel

Courses: Business Insurance, How to Make Money as a Writer, Leadership and Management 1 and Leadership and Management 2.

As a management consultant, I have helped numerous small businesses develop business plans, establish work flows, document standard operating procedures, and solve various automation and human resource issues. My experience includes 10 years as an automation trainer and manager with two IBM dealers, and 12 years as a corporate trainer and manager with Kemper Insurance. Currently, I am Dean of Curricular Affairs at Hadley. Throughout my career, I have also taught evening and weekend courses as an adjunct English professor at Loyola University Chicago.

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Vileen Shah

Courses: ACE Entrance Assignment, ACE Entrance Assignment: UEB Edition, Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Everyday Reading in UEB, Experience Braille Reading, High School Entrance Assignment UEB and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

I joined Hadley in 2001. Teaching at Hadley opened up a whole new world for me. I have also continued to teach at Harold Washington College, Chicago since 1997 and have taught there numerous disciplines including American History, World History, American Government, political theory, and social sciences. I enjoy reading science fiction, articles of general interest and listening to radio. Traveling is also my love.

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Debbie Siegel

Courses: Abacus 1, Abacus 2, Braille and Your Baby or Toddler, Contracted Braille Diagnostic Test, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition, Literature: Nonfiction, Macular Degeneration and Uncontracted Braille Assessment.

I have been an instructor at Hadley since 1987. I'm pleased to instruct students in all four program areas as well as at USU-Hadley. I also enjoy coordinating the Spring into Braille Reading program. In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking and knitting.

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Linn Sorge

Courses: Braille Music Basics, Braille Music Basics Diagnostic, Braille Music Reading, Braille Music Reading: Keyboard Music, Braille Music Reading: Vocal Music, Independent Living: Basic Home Maintenance, Independent Living: Cooking, Independent Living: Housekeeping and Independent Living: Personal Care.

I worked for 20 years at Northern Illinois University and now have returned to teaching one-on-one at a distance education school. I hope to help students learn and to grow.

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Angie Sveum

Courses: Basic English Skills 1, Basic English Skills 2, English Composition, Enjoying Birdsongs, Get Ready, Get Set, Study!, Literature: Fiction, Punctuation and Spelling: Word Study.

Before coming to Hadley, I was an itinerant teacher for a few years in northern Illinois. I taught students who are visually impaired in the public schools. That experience gave me an appreciation for variety in life. At Hadley, I am able to enjoy teaching a variety of courses. In my free time, I love to run, especially in marathons, and watch old movies.

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James Thoune

Courses: Chess for Beginners and Chess: Principles and Strategies.

I realized one of my life goals when I won the National Chess Championship for the Blind in 2014. I would love the opportunity just to represent the United States in the International Blind Chess Association World Championship. I am an avid baseball nut, and, yes, I'm a devout Cubs fan. I spent almost twenty years working for Uncle Sam. Now I divide my time between reading, chess, travel, a little writing, and working in my yard. Combining teaching with my love of chess seems almost too good to be true.

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Vikki Vaughan

Courses: Developing Your Technology Tool Kit, Internet Basics, Internet Skills Assessment, Screen Readers: Formatting Word Documents, Screen Readers: Listening Skills, Strategies to Connect with Social Media, Using Excel and Web Browsing Basics.

I have been a teacher of individuals with visual impairment (both adults and children) for over 33 years. I have taught in the vocational rehabilitation setting, and since 1984, I served as an itinerant vision teacher and as an assistive technology teacher for students with blindness in the Nashville Public Schools. I am also an adjunct instructor at Vanderbilt University. I love to read, listen to music, scuba dive, and hike.

I have taught Expanded Core Curriculum subjects, including braille, in public school classrooms for over three decades. I look forward to teaching Hadley students from all over the world!

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Kim Walker

Courses: Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Eccentric Viewing, Glaucoma, Practical Math 1, Practical Math 2, Teaching Children with Blindness and Additional Disabilities and Transitioning from School Years to Adult Services.

I have taught students with visual impairments and blindness for more than 20 years. I have taught in the classroom, worked as an itinerant vision teacher, and served as an educational consultant in the public school setting. For the last eight years I have been the principal and special education coordinator at The Tennessee School for the Blind. I have also taught courses in psychology, special education, and visual impairment at Trevecca Nazarene University. I love spending time with my family and reading novels.

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Pam Winters

Courses: Basic Nemeth Code, Braille Assessment for Nemeth Code and The Essentials of the Nemeth Code.

I have worked in the field of blindness and visual impairment since 1983. In addition to my position with Hadley, I teach full-time in an elementary resource room students with visual impairments. In my free time, I enjoy making scrapbooks, crocheting, and collecting Disney memorabilia. I also have two sons in their 20s who keep me very busy whenever they are home.

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Debbie Worman

Courses: Basic English Skills 1, Basic English Skills 2, Beginning the Special Education Journey, Effective Listening, Get Ready, Get Set, Study!, How to Be Your Child's Advocate, Learning Through Play, Personality Psychology, Punctuation and You, Your Child and Your Community.

I have been a Hadley faculty member since 1988. I enjoy teaching in all four Hadley program areas as well as providing information and referral services. Outside of my Hadley job I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have worked with senior citizens, foster care families and teen mothers in the past. During my spare time you might find me shopping at resale and thrift stores, reading, or writing my mystery novel.

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Colleen Wunderlich

Courses: Finding Employment, Self-Employment with a Minimal Investment and The Basics of Sales.

I have worked in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, including at the Wilmer Eye Institute; the Chicago Lighthouse; the City of Chicago, Department of Children and Youth Services; and Freedom Scientific. Blind from birth, I am a strong braille reader and travel with my third guide dog. My interests are music of all types (especially country and classical music), cooking and baking, fashion, and spending time with friends and family.

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