Diane Adams

Teacher for the Visually Impaired or TVI

I am a highly motivated teacher, with a passion for teaching and learning. My desire to teach blind children was sparked by my relationship with a blind infant and his family when I was a high school sophomore. I started out as his babysitter, but once he was a preschooler, I became his Saturday “program” teacher. I planned lessons and projects for us to do every Saturday morning.

Later when I was attending a junior college, his mom and I took a Braille class together.I have been reading, writing and teaching braille for nearly 40 years!

I graduated from SFSU in 1986 with both a Multiple Subjects and VI Specialty Credential. I have taught babies and families, self-contained preschool, as well as ages 3- 22 as an itinerant TVI.

I strive to get my students excited about learning and believe a strong relationship with school staff and parents is crucial to assisting children in reaching their goals and becoming successful, independent learners.

Treatment Approach

I always meet the child where they are both academically and emotionally. I prefer to observe and meet a new student prior to reading reports and IEPs because I want to keep an open mind about every low vision/blind students’ potential. I am very hands on with students and believe that best practices include offering VI.


Teaching birth – age 3
Teaching Braille
Teaching Computer and AT skills (use of magnifiers and other assistive technology
Active Learning (Dr. Lilli Nielson’s educational approach)

Joined GHS

Years in practice

Alma Mater

San Francisco State University


English, Limited Spanish