Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind - Creating Partnerships and Supports
Participants will learn about program models and best practices to enhance professional work with young children and families. A panel of consulting teachers and classroom teachers who will share their experience, services, and supports available to families of children who are Deaf or hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired or Deaf/Blind and share how statutory obligations work in Idaho.
Paula Mason, EdS is currently the Director of Outreach for the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind. Paula earned her teacher certification from Idaho State University in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She earned her Education Specialist in Education Leadership from the University of Idaho. She has worked with the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind in a number of roles, including classroom teacher, Post-Secondary Transition Specialist and now the Director of Outreach.
Brian Darcy, MS is currently serving as the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind's Chief Administrator. He has been serving in this capacity since 2010. He graduated from Idaho State University with a Master’s of Science in the Education of the Hearing Impaired in 1995 followed by a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Oregon University in 1996.
Jeanne-Marie Kopecky, MA has been with the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind since 1987, where she has been a classroom teacher, Consulting Teacher, Assistant Director of Outreach, and now serves as the Director of Outreach for Blind/Visually Impaired Services. Jeanne-Marie graduated from the University of Arizona, 1996 with her MA in Special Education: Orientation and Mobility. In 1993, she earned her Special Education, Specialist in Early Childhood from the University of Idaho and in 1987 earned her MA degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Special Education: Visual Impairments/Blindness.