KATY (Covering Katy News) – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Katy Independent School District Instructional Officer, Elaine Robertson, to the Governing School Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) for a term set to expire on January 31, 2025. Robertson was sworn in on September 26, 2019.
Robertson currently holds the role of Katy ISD Instructional Officer for Deaf Education, Vision and Assistive Technology. She leads 53 teachers and staff members in the area of deafness, vision, deaf blindness and assistive technology. Robertson also serves as the Program Administrator and Chairperson for the West 10 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, which consists of Katy (fiscal agent), Bellville, Brazos, Sealy, Royal, and Hempstead ISD's. One of her greatest accomplishments in the District was the establishment of the Katy ISD Audiological Center, which is housed at Memorial Parkway Elementary.
Outside of the District, she serves as a board member for the National Visiting Committee for DeafTec, which operates in Rochester, New York at The Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT) and National Institute for Technology for the Deaf (NTID). Robertson received a Bachelor of Science in Speech from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education of the hearing impaired from Gallaudet University.
“I am very honored and excited to serve on the School Board for Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I have interacted with TSBVI for almost 30 years, and Katy ISD has utilized their expertise for many years, which as a result has improved our services to our students, who are visually impaired and deafblind,” Elaine Robertson said. “I hope to be a value added to the board with my experience in public schools and more specifically with how our state serves the population for many years to come.”
TSBVI serves as a special public school in which students who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them.