Jonathan Hooper, TVI, NYCDOE Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired
Jonathan Hooper is a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) who works in the New York City Department of Education Educational Vision Services (NYCDOE EVS). Prior to his eight years with the NYCDOE EVS team, he taught at the Tennessee School for the Blind. Jonathan holds a Master degree in working with students with visual impairments from Vanderbilt University and has published his graduate research in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
Jonathan currently teaches the Braille course in the graduate program for TVIs at Hunter College in New York City. He routinely leads professional development in a variety of areas, including curriculum adaptations for students with visual impairments, making distance learning accessible, creating materials for students with cortical visual impairment, and braille literacy programs for students with visual impairments.
Additionally, he serves as a DeafBlind Advisor for the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative and is a board member for the New York State Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
He is the NYS lead coordinator for the Braille Challenge, a national competition for students who are Braille users and, most recently, he was named 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Braille Institute!
For more information about Jonathan and how to contact him, his website is www.jonathantvi.com