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Vision Support Team


Terena Scott, Teacher of the visually impaired (STSP), orientation and Mobility specialist

Terena is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Special Education/Orientation and Mobility from SFSU. She is currently adding her second credential as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, also from SFSU. Terena began working with children with disabilities in 1998 as an Early Interventionist with Easter Seals. However, she states that her greatest training came from her own daughter, born with multiple disabilities, including deaf-blindness. Terena was also a Parent Advocate for the Lake County Special Needs Family Resource Center as well as the Parent Liaison for Mendocino County CCS. She brings more than 20 years of real life experience to her teaching. Terena joined Avalon in 2018.


alisa stegmaier, orientation and mobility specialist

Alisa is an experienced Orientation and Mobility Specialist dedicated to working with students who are visually impaired. She enjoys being able to connect students with their environment so that they are able to travel as independently as possible and enjoy meaningful interactions with the people and nature they encounter. Alisa holds a M.A. in Special Education (with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility) and a Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential from San Francisco State University. Her B.A. is in International Studies (with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology) from the University of California, San Diego. Alisa’s career in the field of Orientation and Mobility began in 2013. She values positive interpersonal relationships, experiential learning, physical movement… and having fun! Alisa joined Avalon in 2018.


janet macks, teacher of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialist - consultant

Janet holds an M.A. in Special Education as well as a California teaching credential, a VI credential (Teacher for the Visually Impaired) and a rehabilitation credential in Orientation and Mobility.   Janet has been teaching students (pre-K to 22 years old) with visual impairments for 30 years.  For 20 years she was the assistant instructor at San Francisco State University in the Orientation and Mobility Program.  Janet has taught and trained teachers and teaching staffs in both Thailand and Sri Lanka.  Janet joined Avalon in 2010.

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