University of Maryland
Counseling, Higher Education & Special Education Dept.
Benjamin Building 3214
3924 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Dr. Rebecca Hommer began working as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) in 1999 after earning her MEd from the University of Pittsburgh. She has served as an itinerant pr0vider in both Howard and Frederick Counties, and as a preschool and kindergarten classroom teacher at the Maryland School for the Blind.
In 2005, Becky earned certification as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist from Salus University. And in 2018, she earned her EdD from Northcentral University. Her dissertation topic was “General Ed: The Barriers to Academic Success for Students with Visual Impairment in Middle and High School Inclusive Classrooms.” She has also earned a Perkins/Roman CVI Range Endorsement.
Becky has always been interested in teaching children and chose to become a TVI when she met her youngest daughter, who was diagnosed with cortical visual impairment (CVI). She also developed a special interest in O&M, believing that to be fully independent, students who are blind or deafblind must be able to safely travel in familiar and unfamiliar environments.
Joining the Connections team as an Education and Technical Assistance Specialist in 2018, Becky brings expertise and experience in CVI and O&M, as well as the ability to communicate with students using American Sign Language (ASL) and to teach students who are learning to read and write in Braille.
Becky is married and has three children and one grandchild. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, kayaking, reading, traveling, and going to the beach.