News from The Maryland School for the Blind
Staff Awards 2016-17
MSB Principal, Dr. Joshua Irzyk, has received the 2017 Claire Loder McGough Professional Achievement Award for outstanding professional achievement in the advancement of knowledge related to the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. Congratulations, Dr. Irzyk!
MSB President, Dr. Michael Bina, has received the American Foundation for the Blind’s (AFB) 2016 Migel Medal Award. The Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field, was established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, AFB’s first chairman, to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements improve the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. Past recipients include Helen Keller. Well deserved, Dr. Bina!
Abigail du Pont, a teacher from The Maryland School for the Blind (MSB), has been named the 2016 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children by the National Federation of the Blind, Maryland Chapter.
An instructor in the Infant & Toddler Early Learning program at MSB, Abi was nominated for the prestigious award by parents of children who are blind or visually impaired, for her effective teaching strategies that enable students to reach their fullest potential, her diligence in promoting braille literacy skills and her dedication to her students. Congratulations Abi!
Student Awards 2016-17
Congratulations to MSB Cheerleader, Breanna Pumphrey, who was named the
Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Outstanding Cheerleader!
Congratulations DOT5UDOGS, Middle School Robotics Team, for winning the Judges Award at the First Lego League Roboquake Tournament on January 21, 2017.
Video News Coverage
Local Publication Coverage
East County Times – October 2016
The Avenue News, February 20, 2014