Rita Albright, BVSD Special Education Teacher
Received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Visual Impairment from CAER, the Colorado Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Presenter: Paula Conroy, BVSD Special Education Teacher

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.