Confessions… and a Little about Me

Confessions…and a Little about Me

Okay, so I should confess that this whole blogging thing is new to me, and I’m not exactly the most technically savvy person either, but I’m learning.  So, I realized that my profile is not showing up on this yet and I’m trying to figure out how to change that.  IN the meantime, I thought there may be some of you who would like to know a little about this person whose blog you have been so kind to check out.  So, here’s a little bit of the scoop “About the Author.”

My name is Mary Jo Hartle.  First and foremost, I am a wife and mom—two roles which I absolutely love! By profession, I am a certified Teacher of Blind Students (TBS) and Orientation and Mobility instructor (NOMC) having received both my MEd and NOMC from Louisiana Tech University.  I also have a bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development with emphasis in child development from Utah State University.

I am the former Director of Education for the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute where I worked for several years serving families and educators in the blindness field from across the country.  I also currently serve as a board member for the Professionals in Blindness Education organization.

I am blind myself and have been since the age of twelve due to some unexpected circumstances and a condition called Pseudo Tumor Cerebri.  A native of Woods Cross, UT, I now reside with my family in Baltimore, MD where my husband works as a Government Program Specialist on blindness legislation.  WE have one adorable little girl and a charming tabby Cat.  Life as two blind parents certainly has its interesting moments too, so I hope to share some of those with you along the way.

My husband and I love to travel, eat pints of Ben and Jerry’s from the local 7-11 like it’s going out of style, and to be “anxiously engaged” in too many good causes.  I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading, shopping, working out, and being outdoors.

So there you have it.  I hope you’ll stay tuned for more to come.

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