Lori Johnson -  University of Louisville

Photo: Loris Johnson, NCLVI Fellow

Hi, I’m Lori Johnson from Louisville, KY.  I am very excited to be part of NCLVI’s fellowship venture!  I have been teaching at KY School for the Blind (KSB) for the past five years in both the center-based, instructional and residential programs.  I  began as KSB’s Recreation Director and later transitioned into teaching fifth grade and visual arts (K-12.)  I have loved every minute of my multi-facetted job and have gained many valuable experiences while at KSB!  

Over the years, I have been lucky to collaborate with other State Schools for the Blind, American Printing House for the Blind (APH), University of Louisville, Lions Clubs, and K-AER.  I have hosted our annualJr Olympics, track and field day for regional Schools for the Blind.  I also have worked closely with our area Lions who contribute so much of their time to our students.  I feel that remaining active in our community helps build important relationships necessary for the advocacy of the visually impaired and blind.

I like to be creative in my work and bring new, meaningful experiences to my students.  My art classes enter APH’s Insights Art Exhibition yearly.   In addition, I received a grant from KY Center for the Arts, Art Access program this past school year and was able to head a special project with my middle and high school, visual arts students.  Our classes researched “service dogs” and completed individual sculptures for display.  Over a period of six weeks, I was able to watch my students gain insight, self-confidence and build diverse relationships.  Finally, they were able to showcase their talents and share our experience with our community.   This is why I believe our field of work is so satisfying!  

I want to continue to learn and grow and the NCLVI fellowship is making it all  possible.  I will be attending the University of Louisville this fall and will join our national campaign for expansion of our field.  I am looking forward to being part of the 2005 NCLVI cohort and can’t wait to meet everyone at the APH conference in October!  Until then, cheers to all and to new beginnings!