We are proud of our progressive list of credentialed interveners and the work they are doing in the field. The following is a list of interveners who have received the National Intervener Credential.
Mary Ellen Buck
Taylor Parker Briggs
Bobbi Juengel Greer
Mimi Garcia (Cisneros)
Kelly Johnson O’Neill
Christine Jay (2013)
To be a trained Intervener means the world to me, but not only to me, but to my student, as well. He knows things are different now. To be a credentialed Intervener means that I have the knowledge and comfort in knowing that I can make a difference in this child’s life. To know how to bridge the world for him is invaluable. The training was rigorous through Utah State University, but I knew I was going to be well trained and ready to teach my student. To see my student feel so good about himself, makes me feel good too. He knows he has choices in life, and he makes his choices known. This was not happening before I became an Intervener. I am making a difference in his life!
I want to thank my family; colleagues and my student for supporting me during my Intervener training. As Robert Frost said, “I am not a teacher, I am an awakener!” ~ Chris
Mimi Cisneros Garcia (2012)
“Being recognized nationally as a professional who has trained extensively and been shown competent to work with children with deafblindness is a very proud moment in my life. To be one of the first to receive not only the certification, but the credential is an honor!
My experiences working with deafblind children have been eye opening. My life has been changed since realizing what the world is to them as compared to us. I try not to take for granted the world around me, and I strive to share my experiences with my students as well as my children. That is how we learn, through sharing and being exposed to ideas that we never knew existed. Summing it up in an old Chinese proverb, “Learning is a treasure that accompanies its owners everywhere.”
I love being part of this exciting world in teaching, and I hope to keep helping change the lives of deafblind children for the better as they have done for me. ~ Mimi
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Jeanie Schmidt (2012)
Intervening is like gardening. You invest some much time, effort and energy into a child, without immediate results, until one day you can almost see the cogs turning and you watch as the child puts information and knowledge together, and they understand. You watch them bloom like a beautiful flower. Those precious moments make all the hard work worth it. Now I truly know what Anne Sullivan felt at the water pump with Helen.It is a true honor and privilege to be counted among the first group of individuals to receive National Intervener Credentialing here in the United States. The journey on the way to credentialing was a challenging one, but thanks to Linda Alsop’s program at Utah State University and the support of my family, friends, co-workers, and colleagues, I now have the vital tools necessary in order to continue on this path of being an effective intervener. ~ Jeanie
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Jennifer James (2011)
A National Intervener Credential is something that I am honored to be one of the first to have received. I never realized the effects that an experienced and well-prepared Intervener could have on a deafblind child until I witnessed it firsthand. The more training I received in the courses for obtaining the credential, the more my student benefited and improved. It is important that parents, teachers, and administrators realize how important an Intervener is in the life and education of a deafblind child. An Intervener can literally change a child’s life, and this national credential puts us one step closer to bringing more attention to the importance of Interveners. I am incredibly excited to be a part of this new chapter in education!” ~ Jennifer
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Tammi Morgan (2011)
I am honored to be one of the first few students to recieve the national intervener credential. One of my favorite quotes: “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples in a seed,” and this same comparison comes to mind with the newly established National Intervener Credential and standards. This national credential sets the standards for Interveners to become recognized as professionals who are trained and competent to work effectively with children with deafblindness. These Intervener standards are now nationally definable. That’s exciting! But what is even more exciting is the number of lives that can be affected as a result. There are so many children with deafblindness out there, and they all want to be heard and to make sense of the world around them. Unfortunately, many times they are left on the outside looking in by being served by personnel unequipped to “hear” them or to know how to respond to them. This leaves the children (and their families) feeling stressed, confused, and helpless. Giving children the tools and information to become the best they possibly can to not only learn but to also branch out into the world and join others with their unique gifts and talents – this is what I’m most excited about! That ripple effect will be far reaching, and from where we stand now, innumerable!
National credentialing is the steppingstone to access for many children with deafblindness. That is what it’s all about, and to that I cheer: WOOHOO!! ~Tammi
~ Interveners give meaning to life ~ T. L. Morgan
Terri Robinson (2011)
I am grateful to my employer, The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, and especially my supervisor, Kathy Campbell. I am proud to be a part of such a top notch team of Interpreters/Interveners. ~ Terri Robinson
Lacey Skog (2014)
Once I finished my training three years ago, I began working with a student who has Ushers Syndrome, and we are just finishing up second grade. He has bilateral Cochlear implants, we use an FM system in the classroom, plus he and I are fluent in ASL, which is his first language. He and I are also becoming proficient in using the braille code. Luckily for me, his family fought hard for him to receive an intervener in a state that doesn’t recognize us, and I’m fortunate enough to have the option to continue working with him until he graduates from High School.
We have built a great rapport during these last few years, which is important to work in this field successfully. I have been able to assist in facilitating and bridging gaps with him in all different types of scenarios—in the classroom, around the school, and during after school clubs, field trips, and O&M camp.
Socializing, promoting independence, and increasing self-advocacy were our most important goals outside of every day education. In this last year, my team and I have seen huge improvements in active communication among his peers and adults. He is also better at deciding for himself when and if he needs any assistance. I’ve also gotten really good at being able to anticipate times he may or may not need me. I will continue to bridge any communication gaps he may face, however, continuing to promote independence and self-advocacy over the next 10 years that we have together, will be vital in getting him where he wants and can be in the future.
Seeing him progress has made everything I did (four years of college, one year of intervening training, finding a job, and moving across country for said job), worth all the work I put in during those five years. On top of that, I am extremely lucky that my first intervening job has provided me a wonderful team that collaborates and works hard together. Having a strong team makes all the difference. I couldn’t have wished for a better school, team, or student to kick-start my career in intervening.
Vicki Spencer (2011)
Vicki Spencer’s Thoughts: This national certification opens the door for Interveners to attain full recognition for the part we play in the lives of deafblind individuals. I am proud to be one in this first group to achieve this honor under Linda Alsop’s tutelage. ~ Vicki