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Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award

The DVIDB Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award recognizes a student who demonstrates a commitment to the education and/or rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness.  The award was named after Dr. Virginia Sowell whose lifetime contributions to the profession impacted the lives of numerous educators and countless children and adults with visual impairments and deafblindness.

 

2022 Winner

Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award

Becky Morton

Becky Morton

Becky Morton is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and an Orientation & Mobility Specialist, serving families in early intervention and early childhood special education at Columbia Regional Inclusive Services in Portland, Oregon. She is currently finishing up her practica and student teaching as a master's student in the Orientation & Mobility and Visually Impaired Learner Programs at Portland State University. She previously worked as a graduate assistant providing support to both programs and to the annual Mobility Matters conference. A lifelong Oregonian, Becky has a decade of experience working in education: teaching art and bicycle safety, and working with students with disabilities. She is passionate about building positive relationships with her students and encouraging their independence.

Past recipients of the DVIDB Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award include:

2021 - Katherine Ericson
2020 - Ying-Ting Chiu
2019 - Tara Brown-Ogilvie
2018 - Carlie Rhoads
2017 - Karen Koehler
2016 - Jessica Kolvites
2015 - Adam Wilton
2014 - Mackenzie Savaiano
2013 - Tara Mason
2012 - Trenisha Reynolds
2011 - Tara McCarthy
2010 - Frances Mary D'Andrea
2009 - Stacey Kelly
2008 - Susie Thomas
2006 - Carol Evans
2005 - Effie Laman
2004 - Shelley Rhodes
2003 - Derrick Smith

2000 - Sheila Amato
1999 - Amy Edmonds
1998 - Susan Adams
1997 - Chad Simmons  
1996 - L. Penny Rosenblum
1994 - Terry Pastel
1991 - Julia Ashley

Last Updated:  6 March, 2021

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