Pamela Bortz


Courses: Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet, Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition and Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition.

  • Bachelor's degree, English
    Purdue University
  • Braille Proofreading Certificate
    National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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, Market Research, 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, ServSafe: An Introduction, Taxes for Small Business and The Marketing Plan.

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism
    University of Colorado in Boulder
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
    University of Colorado in Boulder

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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Donna Fridgant


Courses: Elements of Poetry, Literature: Drama, Practical Math 1, Practical Math 2 and Spelling: Word Study.

  • Master's degree in Reading
    Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology
    Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Education of the Visually Impaired
    Kutztown State University

I have taught in a residential school setting, teaching all subjects at the elementary school level, math and reading/language arts at the middle school level, and algebra at the high school level. I have also worked as an itinerant teacher for children ages birth to 22 years of age, teaching a wide variety of subjects. In addition, I have taught braille to parents, educational assistants, and students of all ages. Finally, I have taught braille at the collegiate level at Trevecca Nazarene University. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, spending time with friends and family, and playing with my two Bichon Frise pups!

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Leeanne Frydrychowicz


Courses: Algebra, Part 1, Algebra, Part 2, Pre-Algebra 1 and Pre-Algebra 2.

  • Braille Transcriber Certification, National Library Service for the Blind
    Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • Bachelor's Degree, Special Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Northern Illinois University
  • Teaching Endorsements in Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Language Arts; Social Science; Special Education, Visual Impairments

I have also 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, 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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Deborah Good-Krochock


Courses: Conversational Spanish 1, Conversational Spanish 2, Earth and Space Science, Health, Life Science, Personal Safety: Self-Defense Strategies, Physical Science and Staying Safe: Emergencies and Disasters.

  • Bachelor's degree, French
    Lake Forest College
  • Master's degree, Linguistics
    University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Teaching Certification in Spanish and French
    North Park University

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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Danette Johnson


Courses: Braille Placement Assessment and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

  • Bachelor’s degree, Special Education of the Visually Impaired
    Illinois State University
  • Master’s degree, Orientation and Mobility
    Northern Illinois University

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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Randy Morgan


Courses: Business Communications, Business Law 1, Business Law 2, Business Writing, Finding Employment, Managing Personal Finances and Self-Employment with a Minimal Investment.

  • Bachelor's degree, Psychology
    University of Florida
  • Master's degree, Counseling and Guidance
    University of North Florida
  • Certification Program for Orientation and Mobility
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Certified Orientation and Mobility

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, Business Communications, Business Writing, Market Research, The Business Plan, The Financial Plan, The Marketing Plan and Using Excel.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Economics; Purdue University
  • Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA); Anderson University
  • Master's degree in Human Resource Development; Clemson University

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: Diabetes: Toward Self-Management and Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness.

  • Bachelor's degree, Special Education for the Multiply and Orthopedically Impaired
    Kent State University
  • Master's degree, Special Education for the Visually Impaired
    Northern Illinois University

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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Vileen Shah


Courses: Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Everyday Reading in UEB, Foundations of American Government, Transitioning to Unified English Braille, 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.

  • Master of Arts, History & Sociology
    University of Poona, Poona, India
  • Master of Philosophy, Political Science
    University of Mumbai, India
  • High School Teacher Certificate in Social Studies
    California Commission of Teacher Credentials
  • High School Teacher Certificate in Social Studies
    Illinois Board of Education
  • Certified Braille Transcriber, Certified Braille Proofreader
    Library of Congress NLS

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, Literature: Nonfiction and Uncontracted Braille Assessment.

  • Bachelor's degree, Preschool Primary Education/Psychology
    Washington University of St. Louis
  • Master's degree, Special Education Visually Impaired
    Michigan State University
  • Master's degree, Library and Information Science
    Dominican University

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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Jessica Smith


Courses: Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet, Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition and Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition.

  • Master's Degree in Visual Rehabilitation Therapy
    Western Michigan University

I have worked in the field of blindness and low vision for five years after volunteering as a sighted paddling guide in the Florida Keys and the San Juan River in Utah. I earned my Master's Degree in Visual Rehabilitation Therapy from Western Michigan University. When I am not teaching, you can find me at the beach, playing with my daughter and running with friends.

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Angie Sveum


Courses: Basic English Skills 2, English Composition, How to Make Money as a Writer, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition, Literature: Fiction, Punctuation and Spelling: Word Study.

  • Bachelor's degree, Elementary Education
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master's degree, Teacher of the Visually Impaired
    Northern Illinois University

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 and watch old movies.

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Vikki Vaughan


Courses: Internet Essentials.

  • Assistive Technology Applications Certification
    California State University, Northridge
  • Master's Degree in Visual Impairments
    Vanderbilt University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education
    University of Tennessee

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 and in public school classrooms for over three decades. I look forward to teaching Hadley students from all over the world!

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Marta Whittington


Courses: Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition.

  • M.Ed. Literacy
    Austin Peay University
  • M.Ed., Vision Institute
    Trevecca University
  • Ed.D. Professional Practice
    Trevecca University

Hi, I'm Marta Whittington, and I will be your instructor. I have been a literacy teacher for 27 years, and the last 7 as a TVI for literacy with braille and low vision. I attended The University of the Cumberlands, Austin Peay University, and Trevecca University for two masters in literacy and vision, and a doctorate in leadership. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy family, traveling and and working with creative problem-solving tournaments for kids.

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Pam Winters


Courses: The Essentials of the Nemeth Code.

  • Bachelor's degree, Special Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Illinois State University
  • Master's degree, Teaching and Leadership
    Saint Xavier University
  • Master's degree, Orientation and Mobility
    Northern Illinois University

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, Effective Listening, Personality Psychology and Punctuation.

  • Bachelor's degree, Human Services, Concentrations in Early Childhood and Crisis Intervention
    National-Louis University
  • Master's degree, Human Services Counseling
    National-Louis University

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 and or writing my mystery novel.

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Colleen Wunderlich


Courses: Self-Employment with a Minimal Investment.

  • Bachelor's degree, Psychology and Spanish
    Purdue University
  • Master's degree, Business Administration: concentrations in Economics, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
    University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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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