The TSBVI mentor program matches experienced and inexperienced practitioners across Texas. This is a separate process from university supervision, internship and/or practicum. Since 1998, this program has supported personnel preparation so that each new VI professional attending any training option in Texas will be provided a mentor during training and through the first year of employment as a VI professional or for one entire school year beyond when all training and certification requirements are completed.
Teaching students who have visual impairments is a challenging job. It requires extensive knowledge of a unique set of adaptive techniques, specialized resources, equipment and curricula, and an ability to work effectively with other education professionals as the local expert on a wide range of VI issues. Mentors develop their own skills while contributing to the growth and development of new professionals through sharing information to expand their protégé’s resources, providing encouragement and informal guidance.