Letters to Parents: A TVI’s Journey of Purpose and Passion 

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In this heartfelt blog, Julene Fitch, a teacher for students with blindness or low vision, shares her journey from a parent navigating the challenges of raising a child with low vision to becoming a passionate educator dedicated to empowering students and their families. Her commitment to collaboration, holistic development, and building a supportive community shines through as she emphasizes the importance of working together to overcome obstacles and create a brighter future for children who are blind or low vision.  

Julene Fitch’s Letter 

Dear Parents, 

As I sit down to write this letter, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to share my journey with you. My path to becoming a blind and low-vision teacher has been a profoundly personal and transformative one. It all started with a little twist of fate – or perhaps destiny. 

You see, I believe that I was God-designed for this very role. My journey began when my own son was born with glaucoma. Suddenly, my life took a completely unexpected turn, and I was thrust into a world I knew very little about. The educational system, especially accommodating and nurturing the unique needs of visually impaired children, seemed like an enigma at first. I felt lost, overwhelmed, and unsure how to navigate this uncharted territory. 

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True Calling 

But adversity has a way of revealing our true callings. The journey that followed was not always easy. Initially, the educational system felt like a labyrinth of confusion, and I often felt lost and uncertain. The challenges we faced as a family and my desire to better understand and support my son led me to make a life-altering decision: to become a teacher. I would learn the ins and outs of the educational system and dedicate myself to making it better for children like my son and families like ours. Little did I know that this decision would lead me to the joy of my life.  

At 29, I embarked on this journey as a single mother of three children, determined to complete my Bachelor’s degree in special education. I graduated, remarried, and started my teaching career. For the next nine years, I dedicated myself to teaching students with intense intervention needs. This experience was profoundly enriching, allowing me to learn and grow alongside my students. 


However, my passion for making a difference in the lives of children who are blind or low vision burned even brighter. Fueled by this unwavering dedication, I pursued further education, completing my Master’s level work to specialize in teaching blind and low-vision students and orientation and mobility. 

As an itinerant teacher for blind and low-vision students, my mission is to bring the gift of education to children, wherever they may be. I embark on this journey of teaching not as a solitary figure but as a collaborator, as a builder of dynamic teams. With unwavering conviction, I believe that we are better when we work together, pooling our knowledge and resources to empower each child. 

Itinerant Teaching 

My role as an itinerant teacher takes me to the heart of each child’s learning environment. I understand that their education isn’t confined to a single classroom but extends into every aspect of their life. While I am responsible for delivering instruction in the nine areas of the expanded core curriculum, my belief in building these essential skills permeates every facet of each child’s experience. 

As I engage with children daily, I am struck by their resilience, strength, and determination. They face unique challenges, and yet they persevere with unwavering courage. In their presence, I find myself constantly inspired. It’s a humbling experience, reminding me that learning is a two-way street. Your children teach me just as much as I teach them; I am endlessly grateful for that. 

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Beyond the Classroom 

My approach to teaching goes beyond the classroom. It is about nurturing growth in all areas of your child’s life. The expanded core curriculum provides a strong foundation, but I believe in the power of holistic development. We work together to ensure that your child’s education extends seamlessly into their daily activities, hobbies, and interactions. 

My goal is to empower each child with the skills and knowledge they need to lead fulfilling lives, and that journey is one that we embark upon together. Your involvement as parents is invaluable, and I am here to support and guide you every step of the way. We are a team dedicated to your child’s success. 

Collaboration and Community 

In my travels to reach each child, I understand that building a collaborative network is essential. Through teamwork and shared experiences, we can break down barriers and create a nurturing environment for each child’s growth. We connect with others who share our mission, pooling our collective wisdom, offering support, and forging lasting connections.  

My passion goes beyond the classroom. It’s about empowering you to be the driving force in your child’s educational journey. You are not just a part of the team but the most vital member. Together, we can achieve remarkable outcomes for your child. Together, we can break down barriers and transcend limitations. 

My mission extends beyond education but dives into the heart of the person. I am deeply committed to building community among the families I work with. No one should ever have to feel alone on this path. I remember the isolation and uncertainty all too well, and it’s an experience I am determined to spare others. 

So, let’s build this community together. Let’s connect with others who understand, have walked this path, and can offer guidance, support, and friendship. Let us create a vibrant, supportive network where you can connect with others who share your challenges and triumphs. We can pool our collective wisdom, encourage each other, and foster lasting friendships. Through unity, we can ensure that no family ever feels isolated or overwhelmed due to visual impairment. 


In conclusion, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for allowing me to be a part of your child’s life, even if indirectly. It is a privilege I cherish daily, and I am committed to guiding and supporting you every step of the way. Together, we will light the path to success for your children, and together, we will celebrate their big and small victories. 

With enduring dedication and boundless hope, 

Julene Fitch 

Blind and Low Vision Teacher