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Blind Chaparral High senior plans to teach students with visual impairments after graduation

Gadsden ISD

CHAPARRAL, New Mexico (KVIA) -- Mickayla Biddle is graduating from Chaparral High School this spring. She has a visual impairment, and hopes to teach blind children after graduation.

Mickayla says she was inspired by her teachers at Chaparral High. The senior is already a part of the Gadsden ISD Teacher Cadet program, where she mentors another student.

The Teacher Cadet program allows students who want to go into education the opportunity to gain classroom experience.

Mickayla is graduating from Chaparral High with a 3.8 GPA.

After graduation, Mickayla plans to study Child Development and Child Care at NMSU. She says she feels excited for her next chapter as a college freshman.

Mickayla says she hopes to focus on teaching blind students about technology. She says she got a lot of experience navigating technology for the blind while learning from home during the pandemic.

"That time was a whole new experience for me. But the remote learning motivated me to learn new things in a completely different way," Mickayla said.

Her student, 4th grader Axel Gonzalez, is shown in pictures provided by Gadsden ISD learning how to download books onto his BrailleNote Touch Plus.

"Mickayla has a confidence in her that I have seen mature in the last two years of high school as she advocates of what she will need during her college life and future," said Mickayla's Visual Impairment teacher, Ms. Rivera.

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