That’s why it’s important for AIDB’s campuses in Talladega to offer extra help in making that transition, and one of those teachers is this year’s recipient of the Talladega Pilot Club’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Valerie Burrage has been on the job at the Alabama School for the Blind for 21 years, and works with high school juniors and seniors to help get them ready for the “real world” that lies beyond their high school years.
Real life advice for choosing a career, getting and keeping a job and household management and critically important to success in life, and Burrage works to help them get ready for the day her students are on their own.
She also goes beyond those duties to help students develop habits to live healthier lives. A runner in her spare time, she encourages students to keep fitness in mind, and she’s one of the founders of a running club at the school. They’ve established the Redskin Run as an annual event, and last year carried four students to Birmingham to participate relay-style in the Mercedes Marathon. Getting visually impaired students involved in those activities helps them increase their confidence and develop a can-do attitude that will carry them far in life.
We appreciate the extra miles Burrage invests in the lives of her students, and congratulate her on this recognition.