Trisha serves as a director of student supports. She is supporting the Consortium’s efforts in addressing the accessibility needs of diverse learners, including students with disabilities, throughout the entirety of the assessment system. Trisha provides support to work groups, advisory committees, advocacy groups, and design teams specifically around access for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Trisha comes to Smarter Balanced from the field of Visual Impairment where she served as a Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Trisha completed her Masters level program in Vision Impairment at Portland State University and her Orientation and Mobility program at University of Northern Colorado. Her experience working with children from infancy through high school with visual impairments has given her a strong foundation in educational practices across grade levels. Trisha has also worked with bias and sensitivity reviews for assessments in multiple states and served as the point person in New England for students with visual impairments and Smarter Balanced. Trisha brings with her a passion for accessibility, assistive technology, and braille.