August 2, 2016
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AIDB names Dr. Ware, Helen Keller School Principal
Dr. Sandra Ware has been named Principal of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s Helen Keller School, effective September 6. Dr. Ware is a veteran educator and has been part of the AIDB administrative team for three years as Academic Director of Residential Programs at Alabama School for the Blind.
A native of Birmingham, Dr. Ware has a B.S. degree in English Education from The University of Alabama, a M.Ed. in Reading Education from Augusta College, and Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University. She earned a Doctor of Education in Adult Education from Auburn University and is completing a M.Ed. in Special Education with a major in Visual Impairment from The University of North Dakota.
She began her career as a classroom teacher in Language Arts in the Dekalb County, Georgia school district. She has also taught remedial reading at the high school level and was an adjunct instructor in Developmental Reading at Columbus State University, teaching in the adult re-entry program.
Dr. Ware has served as a curriculum resource teacher for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida and as principal of the Life Skills Center, a technology based charter school for at-risk students ages 16 to 21. Before joining AIDB, she worked as a Program Coordinator supervising tutors who provided daytime and after-school intervention in the Birmingham City School District.
She has been actively involved in numerous community organizations and was inducted into the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi.
“I am excited to begin this new journey at the Helen Keller School,” said Dr. Ware. “AIDB feels like family and I enjoy helping students who struggle with learning challenges. My career has been spent working with at-risk students and those who need more attention and individualized help in order to succeed.”
“Our Helen Keller School received outstanding commendations during their re-accreditation process last year,” said AIDB President Dr. John Mascia, “and I believe that Dr. Ware will provide creative leadership to this team that is committed to helping students who are deafblind and multidisabled thrive and achieve their ultimate potential and independence.”
“Dr. Ware is an energetic and compassionate leader with a strong heart for putting student needs first,” said AIDB Vice President for Instructional Programs Vera Hendrix. “I believe that she is an outstanding addition to the Helen Keller School and will continue to build a team that is focused on the individualized needs of our students with multiple disabilities.”
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind and other disabilities from birth through aging. Established in 1858, AIDB operates five campuses in Talladega and eight regional centers serving more than 23,500 children annually throughout all 67 counties of the state. Campus programs include Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School (for deafblind and multidisabled children), the Gentry Facility (a postsecondary rehabilitation program for adults) and Alabama Industries for the Blind (a manufacturing facility and the state’s largest employer of blind adults). Regional Centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.