Katy ISD Instructional Officer Appointed to State Board for Blind and Visually Impaired


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

September 28, 2019

By Natalie Cook Clark

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed a Katy ISD Instructional Officer to the Governing School Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Elaine Robertson currently leads a team for 53 teachers and staff members as Instructional Officer for Deaf Education, Vision and Assistive Technology. She was sworn in this week for a term that lasts until 2025.

Robertson was sworn in this week. Photo credit: Katy ISD

Sworn in for Six Year Term

Elaine Wallace Robertson was sworn in to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) Thursday, September 26. Her term goes through January 31, 2025. Robertson currently serves as KISD's Instructional Officer over 53 teachers and staff members and leads them in the area of deafness, vision, deaf blindness and assistive technology.

Robertson Expresses Gratitude

“I am very honored and excited to serve on the School Board for Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I have interacted with TSBVI for almost 30 years, and Katy ISD has utilized their expertise for many years, which as a result has improved our services to our students, who are visually impaired, deaf, and blind,” Elaine Robertson said. “I hope to be a value added to the board with my experience in public schools and more specifically with how our state serves the population for many years to come.”

Robertson also serves as the Program Administrator and Chairperson for the West 10 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, which consists of Katy (fiscal agent), Bellville, Brazos, Sealy, Royal, and Hempstead ISD's.

Established Katy ISD's Audiological Center

One of her greatest accomplishments in the District was the establishment of the Katy ISD Audiological Center, which is housed at Katy's Memorial Parkway Elementary.

Serves Roles Outside of Katy ISD

Outside of Katy ISD, Robertson serves as a board member for the National Visiting Committee for DeafTec, which operates in Rochester, New York at The Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT) and National Institute for Technology for the Deaf (NTID). She received a Bachelor of Science in Speech from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education of the hearing impaired from Gallaudet University.

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves as a special public school in which students who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them. Learn more at their website.

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