Erin Storhoff: Teacher of the Visually Impaired

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Hello, my name is Erin Storhoff and I started this wonderful position at North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind in August 2019. My title at the school is Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) and I also help during our programming weeks. I graduated from UND in August 2019 with my Master of Visual Impairment. I also have a minor in Early Education from Rasmussen College.  I chose to get my master’s in Visual Impairment as both my son and I are low vision. I have been a huge advocate for my son throughout his school years and have always wanted to help other families and children. Being low vision myself has helped me understand the field better. One of my key mentors that pushed me to go back to school is Linda Kraft. Linda was a wonderful advocate for my son and our family for many years.  She would continually say that you know the materials to help others and your heart is in this field.

 I knew after graduating I wanted to work in a school system to help students. In the back of my mind, the job I really wanted was at NDVS/SB working full time with students that have a vision impairment. When the position at NDVS/SB opened, I knew this was the time for me. NDVS/SB is a wonderful team to work with and our families are our top priority. I serve birth through graduation and currently infants through elementary age students. I plan to visit each of my students every month either in their homes or school/childcare. I assist my students with what will help them most in their daily lives. I also consult family members and teachers on what they can do to help the child/students.

I love working with children and watching them grow in all areas. It brings me joy when my students achieve their goals.  This is the key motivator for me, seeing the achievement when students and families understand that they can do anything that they put their minds to. I enjoy helping others understand what low vision students can do when they are given the tools they need.

 I am excited to see what the future holds for me at NDVS/SB!

 

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