Vision Education Department
Name: Lauren Schneider
Title: Director of Vision Services
Occupation: Teacher of the Visually Impaired
iHOPE Email: LSCHNEIDER@iHOPENYC.org
Bio: Lauren Schneider earned her Advanced Post-Master’s Certificate as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired from Hunter College. She received her Master’s of Science in General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a BA from Brandeis University, where she double majored in Education and Child Studies as well as Sociology. Lauren has worked with students who are visually impaired in a wide variety of settings including general education settings, special education schools and early intervention home care based services. Lauren has taught children who have Cortical Visual Impairment, students who have low vision, and students who are blind. She has worked with children from ages 3-17. Lauren is experienced in designing curriculum to meet the needs of each individual student. She enjoys incorporating students’ interests and preferences into her work in order to encourage further visual development. She designs strategies and interventions to help each child integrate vision into functional and academic tasks, collaborating with educators, therapists and families.
Family Origin: Eastern European
Name: Daria Shevchenko
Title: Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Occupation: Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired
iHOPE Email: Daria.iHOPENYC@gmail.com
Bio: Daria is originally from Russia. She has a BS in History and a minor in Special Education. Daria went on to receive her Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied Vision Education and became a licensed Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Daria has worked in a variety of educational settings with students with visual impairments and a variety of other special needs. Daria is a passionate educator and an advocate for children with disabilities. Working closely with families, educators and therapists Daria enjoys creating individualized instruction for each of her students.
Family Origin: Russian, Ukrainian