Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired Outreach
Kathi Garza lives in Austin, Texas with her preschool aged son, Keegan. She began working in her new role as Family Engagement Coordinator for the Outreach Department at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired this August. In 2004, Kathi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained a Generalist teaching certificate for Early Childhood through 4th grade from Southwest Texas State University. An interaction with a parent of a child with who also has albinism led Kathi to pursue her Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration on visual impairments through the distance learning program at Texas Tech University.
Kathi has worked at TSBVI since 2009. She spent five years working in classrooms for students with visual and multiple impairments as a teaching assistant and as a classroom teacher. In 2014, Kathi was hired as a teacher in Short-Term Programs and enjoyed creating and teaching classes for students across the state. Some of her favorite classes to teach included Low Vision Tools, Super Science, and Prom.
In addition to her work at TSBVI, Kathi has served as a Member at Large on the TAER board and volunteers extensively with the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH). Kathi has written articles for their quarterly publication, hosted fundraising events, worked on the NOAH SchoolKit resource for families, and has participated in conference planning for children and adults.