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Iowa Educational Services for the

Blind and Visually Impaired


3501 Harry Langdon Blvd. ● Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
Telephone 712.309.0678 ● Fax 712.309.0601
www.iowa-braille.k12.ia.us

June 16, 2020

To Whom It May Concern:

I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation for Katy Ring as a recent graduate of Drake
University’s Educational Leadership Program. I have worked with Katy as her immediate supervisor
when she was a teacher of the visually impaired and I have served as one of her mentors for the Drake
program. Currently, I am working with Katy in her Deafblind Consultant capacity for Iowa Educational
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Katy works to develop a shared vision of high-quality education, academic success and advocates for
the well-being of students. She demonstrates the ability to work with building principals, special
education consultants, and literacy specialists to develop child-centered programs that provide a level
of support to achieve school and state requirements for learning. This includes helping building level
staff understand the opportunities for learning and the changing needs and situations of students.

Katy strives for equity of educational opportunity for special education students to promote each
student’s academic success and well-being. She works with school district and Area Education Agency
staff to ensure each student with a visual impairment has equitable access to effective teachers and
interventions. Katy also provides resources necessary for academic success.

Katy develops and supports rigorous and coherent systems of assessment, curriculum, and instruction
to promote each student’s academic success and well-being. Examples of this include developing
assessment and instruction to support the needs of students who are deafblind and the teachers that
support them. Katy has demonstrated evidence of establishing a multi-disciplinary system of
assessment, instruction and curriculum that promotes the mission of the school, embodies high
expectations for student learning, and aligns with academic standards including alternate achievement
standards. She creates professional development that is challenging, authentic to teacher and student
experiences, recognizes teachers’ strengths and supports differentiated instruction.

Katy cultivates an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes acceptance,
respect and values students with differing abilities. She interacts and supports local area education
staff so they feel accepted, respected and encouraged to be active in promoting a supportive school
community for students with multiple disabilities. Katy helps school districts and Iowa Educational
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired examine current systems of services and supports to meet
the wide range of learning needs.

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Katy fosters a professional community of teachers and other professional staff to promote student
academic success and well-being. She networks with individuals, professional groups, lead teams,
administration and the Iowa Department of Education to establish a professional culture of
engagement; commitment to shared goals, high expectations, collaboration, and continuous individual
and organizational learning and improvement.

Sincerely,

Gwen Woodward
Gwen Woodward
Regional Director-Western Iowa
Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Gwen.woodward@iaedb.org

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