Opinion: Personalizing schools, teaching is a win

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Fourth grade reading teacher Tamela Cooley, left, and special education teacher Heather Modrow talk about the keyboard stickers with braille at East Ridge Elementary School on Friday, September 9, 2022.

A shout out today goes to East Ridge Elementary School teachers -- particularly special education teacher Heather Modrow -- for an extra effort to help a student with a rare vision disorder.

Modrow asked the community for help by posting on DonorsChoose, a fundraising website for teachers. In less than 24 hours, donors gave more than $400 -- enough for Modrow to purchase a Braille keyboard for the student's Chromebook, fluorescent light filters to cover the ceiling lights in all of his classrooms because he is light sensitive, and yellow-tinted gel sheets to reduce the glare of white worksheets.

The student, diagnosed two years ago with cone-rod dystrophy, will now be able to participate more in his classes.

Although the new aids have only been in use for a few days, his teachers said they already see a happy result.