Rita was nominated for the CAER award by her colleague
Paula Conroy, also a special education teacher with BVSD, who wrote:
I would like to
nominate Rita Albright for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Rita began in the
field of VI in the 1970’s and has worked tirelessly as an advocate of students
and families. Rita is clearly an
outstanding professional, mentor, teacher and colleague and also a leader in
the field of visual impairments and orientation and mobility.
Rita is known to
push her students hard toward achieving independence in all they do. Her perspective is always clear. She wants
students to become the best they can be. Independence is always at the
forefront of her mind. She works
tirelessly to meet the needs of students and families, even if this means at
night and on weekends, during the summer or on spring break. Rita does all this
but is very clear about the students’ and families’ role and responsibility in
the learning process. She helps
educational teams work together to reach their shared goals.
Rita is a true
professional and is always supportive of teachers in their beginning years. She
is a team player and problem-solver and is a support to all of those around her
both personally and professionally. She
is honest and helps people deal with the truth, even when this truth may be
difficult. Rita is a self- reflective
teacher and leader. She helps all of those around her become better at what
they do and who they are by her honesty and willingness to entertain tough
questions that don’t always have easy answers.
Rita believes in
the goodness of people and spreads this positive attitude to all she is with.
She brings out the best in those who are lucky enough to work with her and
makes them feel worthy and special.
I have personally
valued Rita as a colleague, peer and partner for the past 15 years as have many
TVI’s across the state, especially in the northern region where she is a true
leader, colleague and friend.