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Jeanie Lovell Farmer

Education         
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Columbia, SC
Major: Educational Administration
Degree: Master of Education, Summa Cum Laude, May 2003
Certification: Principal

GEORGE PEABODY COLLEGE OF VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, Nashville, TN
Majors: Elementary Education and Special Education with an emphasis in visual impairments
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, May 1996

 

Professional Experience
Fall 07 – Present        SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND, Columbia, SC
Project Magnify Director: Primary function is to oversee a grant that provides low vision medical care, devices and training for students with visual impairments in the state of SC.  Additional responsibilities include supervising the teachers and administrative assistant who provide instruction per the grant’s guidelines.

Fall 99 – 2007            SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND, Columbia, SC
Instructional Leader/Assistant Principal: Responsibilities include supervising teachers for the visually impaired, encouraging best practices, promoting curriculum, developing program procedures and implementing grants.

Teacher for the Visually Impaired: Itinerant teacher for children with visual impairments in grades preK-12. Responsibilities include completing functional vision, literacy media and educational compensatory assessments; teaching academic, communication, social/emotional, sensory/motor, daily living, and career/vocational skills unique to a student with a visual impairment; and consulting with educational staff about modifying the educational environment to accomodate the student.

Consultant for the Visually Impaired: Responsibilities include consulting with districts to maintain compliance with state and federal special education regulations and organizing professional development workshops for professionals across the state in the field of visual impairments.

Spring 00 – 2003       SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND, Columbia, SC

Parent Advisor: Early interventionist for families with infants and toddlers who are visually impaired. Interpreted eye reports and prepared families for eye exams. Trained families how to maximize the natural environment and raise a child with a sensory impairment. Prepared families for the child’s transition to school age.

Fall 98 – Spring 99    LINCOLN COUNTY SCHOOLS,  Lincolnton, NC

Special Education Teacher: Itinerant teacher for children with visual impairments in grades preK-12. Taught academic, communication, sensory/motor, and daily living skills unique to students with visual impairments. Resource teacher for children who are learning disabled, educably mentally disabled, behavioral-emotionally disabled, and preschool developmentally atypical.

Fall 96 - Spring 98     Thornton elementary,  Newton, NC

Professional Teacher: Third grade classroom teacher.

 

COURSES TAUGHT

Spring 2007             
Assessment and Educational Methods for Learners with Visual Impairments, SVIP 730
Masters of Education Program, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg

Spring 2007             
Practicum in Special Education–Visual Impairment, Spartanburg, SVIP 735
Masters of Education Program, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg

Fall 2006                   
Functional Low Vision Assessment and Intervention, SVIP 675,
Masters of Education Program, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg

June 2003                 
Educational Procedures for Teaching Individuals with Visual Impairments, SVIPQ 715,
Masters of Education Program, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, Summer I Session

 

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

After the Doctor, Before the Teacher, South Carolina Vision Summit, Columbia, SC, March 6, 2003

Visual Impairments: An Introduction, Guest Lecturer for Introduction to Special Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, June 2002

Touch Math Presentation, Lincolnton County Schools Inservice Training for Special Educators, Lincolnton, NC, Spring, 1999

Services for Children with Visual Impairments, North Carolina Area Meeting, Newton, NC, April 13, 1999. Co-presented with Lisa Swink.

What I Wish I Had Known, Newton-Conover New Teacher Orientation, Newton, NC, August, 1997

 

PUBLICATIONS

Farmer, J. & Morse, S. E.  (2007). Project Magnify: Increasing reading skills in students

with low vision. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 101, 763-768.          

 

GRANTS      

Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children Award for the implementation of Project Magnify, a program for the benefit of students with low vision.                         

National Education Association (NEA) Foundation Grant Award for the implementation of the Technology Access Center (TAC), a workroom and training center for teachers for the visually impaired, Awarded August 2001/

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS       

Course Director for the Recertification Course, Low Vision and the Infant, Student and Traveler, January 2004

Coordinator of the SC AER Annual Conferences: January 2003, January 2004, February   2005

Course Director for the Recertification Course, Teaching Math to the Visually Impaired Student, January 2003

Mentor, SCSDB Outreach, 2001-present

Lead Teacher, Technology Access Center, Organized Workshops: Creating Tactile Graphics, Braille and Speak for the Beginner, Braille and Speak 201, Creating Tactile Graphics with Word (ongoing)

Organizer of the Lincolnton County Low Vision Clinic, 1999

 

RESEARCH           

As part of a masters degree project, conducted extensive research regarding the mathematical achievement of students with visual impairments in South Carolina. Developed and implemented an action plan to increase the achievement levels.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

South Carolina Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Past-President, (ongoing)

Committee for the Professional Development of Teachers in the Field of Visual Impairments

Personnel Recruitment and Training Committee for the University of South Carolina Spartanburg Vision Program

Optics, Collaboration of Vision Teachers in the South Carolina Midlands

Council for Exceptional Children, member from 1993 to 1999, chapter president from 1993-1995