Pamela Bortz


Courses: Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition and Transitioning to Unified English Braille.

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, 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 and Taxes for Small Business.

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, 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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Donna Fridgant


Courses: Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet, Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Elements of Poetry, Literature: Drama, Practical Math 1, Practical Math 2 and Spelling: Word Study.

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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Deborah Good-Krochock


Courses: Conversational Spanish 1, Conversational Spanish 2, Earth and Space Science, Health, Life Science and Physical Science.

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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Edwin Haines


Courses: Container Gardening and Personal Safety: Self-Defense Strategies.

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: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, Human Eye 1, Human Eye 2, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition, Staying Safe: Emergencies and Disasters 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 and golf and directing the children's choir at my church.

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Ginger Irwin


Courses: Early Independence.

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 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Placement Assessment 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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Nafisa Keels


Courses: 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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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: Business Fundamentals, Finding Employment and Self-Employment with a Minimal Investment.

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 Law 1, Business Law 2, Business Writing, Customer Service Basics, Managing Personal Finances, Market Research, The Business Plan, The Financial Plan, The Marketing Plan and Using Excel.

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.

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, Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet, Braille Literacy 3: Uncontracted Braille, UEB Edition, Braille Literacy 4: Contracted Braille, UEB Edition, 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.

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, Contracted Braille Diagnostic Test, Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition, Literature: Nonfiction 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: Basic English Skills 1, Basic English Skills 2, Braille Music Reading and Typing and Keyboarding.

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 2, Braille Literacy 1: Tactile Readiness for Braille, Braille Literacy 2: Learning the Braille Alphabet, English Composition, How to Make Money as a Writer, 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 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: Internet Essentials.

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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Pam Winters


Courses: 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 2, Effective Listening, Personality Psychology and Punctuation.

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 and Self-Employment with a Minimal Investment.

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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