MSB Highlights

News from The Maryland School for the Blind

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!!

Class of 2017 Graduates

Class of 2017 Graduates

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!

Photo of Dr. Joshua Irzyk

Dr. Joshua 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

Photo of Breanna Pumphrey

Breanna Pumphrey, EAAB Outstanding Cheerleader



Congratulations to MSB Cheerleader, Breanna Pumphrey, who was named the
Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Outstanding Cheerleader!



DOT5UDOGS Robotics Team

DOT5UDOGS Robotics Team



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


WBAL-TV digital coverage of MSB Athletic Complex Dedication with Cal Ripken, Jr.– April 2016

ABC 2 News coverage of MSB Athletic Program – September 2015

MSB Savage Bees compete in Savage Race – July 2015

WBFF- Fox 45 News coverage of MSB Camp Abilities – July 2015

WBAL-TV 11 News coverage of MSB & USABA Goalball Camp for Wounded Warriors, April 2015

WBAL-TV 11 President and GM Dan Joerres’ editorial on the 50th Anniversary of White Cane Day
 – October 2014

WBAL-TV 11 coverage of Camp Abilities Maryland at MSB – August 2014

Video of Mary Beth Marsden’s Real Look Autism segment filmed at MSB – May 2014 

Local Publication Coverage

East County Times – October 2016

Northeast Booster Reporter June 2016 – MSB Graduation

The Baltimore Sun Darkroom, July 2, 2015

The Huffington Post, April 2015

The Baltimore Sun, February 2015

The East County Times, March 20, 2014 

The Northeast Booster Reporter, February 27, 2014

The Avenue News, February 20, 2014

The Baltimore Sun, November 30, 2013