Tina joined A Shared Vision in 2017 as an Early Intervention Teacher of the Visually Impaired after spending two years in the Poudre School District as a TVI.
Tina has always loved helping children. In 2006 she started taking volunteers to work in China’s state-run orphanages. On one of her trips she discovered Bethel China, a nonprofit which operates four foster care projects for orphans who are visually impaired. Tina has been supporting children with visual impairments and blindness ever since, first as a volunteer for Bethel China and then as a TVI in Colorado.
As an EI-TVI for A Shared Vision, Tina works with families in Fort Collins and Greeley. “I am in their homes, celebrating progress, achievements and birthdays, occasionally helping them navigate the medical maze, and assisting with their child’s transition to preschool. And, I get to play!” says Tina.
All young children, even those with a visual impairment, learn by playing. “Helping parents understand that learning should be fun and can be incorporated into daily routines is a big part of what I do," explains Tina. "If I can help my tiny students meet developmental milestones and help their parents become more confident raising them, I feel that I have made a difference.”