Caroline Dingwell

Earned a Bachelor’s degree from University College Cork, Ireland. After moving to Arizona, Caroline earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education as well as a specialization in teaching students with visual impairments. She has worked for the Paradise Valley Unified School District for 4 years. Caroline worked for the Foundation for Blind Children before that. Caroline is the parent of a child with visual impairment and understands firsthand the impact vision professionals can make on the life of a child and entire family.

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Peter Koskinen

One of the first Vision Teachers to work in the district. He helped establish and set up the foundation of the PVUSD Vision Program. He has worked in the district for the last 32 years. Growing up visually impaired, Peter has first hand knowledge of visual impairment. He also has an extensive education including an AA degree at GCC, a BA at San Diego State University and a MA degree at Northern Arizona University.

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Dina Mason 

After Dina earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Early Childhood Development, she has worked with children from preschool age to elementary. Since 2008, Dina has been a part of the vision team in Paradise Valley Unified School District. She began her career as a Braille Tech Specialist. During this time, Dina returned to school at the University of Arizona for a master’s in Special Education along with a certification in teaching students with visual impairments. Dina has now been teaching in PVUSD since 2014.

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Dana Powell

Began her career as a middle school inclusion teacher upon graduating from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Cross-Categorical Special Education. In 2007, she received her master’s degree in Teaching the Visually Impaired, also from the University of Arizona. In 2012, Dana completed an Orientation and Mobility certification program and received her ACVREP credential. She has been teaching in the Paradise Valley Unified School District since 2007.

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Rick Volk

Began his career in 1974 as the first teacher of students with visual impairments in Naples, Florida. Since then, he has taught in Michigan, Illinois and Arizona, spending the past 32 years in this state. He received his bachelor’s degree in Teaching the Visually Impaired and a master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility from Western Michigan University and has attended both Florida State University and the University of Michigan for additional course work. He has been teaching in the Paradise Valley Unified School district since 2007.

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