For Parents, School Districts’ and Transportation Providers:
(NEW INFORMATION as of 9/17/15)

•Overbrook now closed for students and staff on Thursday, September 24, 2015
•Overbrook closed for students and staff on Friday, September 25, 2015
•Overbrook now closed for students and staff on Monday, September 28, 2015
•Overbrook now OPEN for students and staff on Monday, April 4, 2015

Thank You!
Gerald Kitzhoffer
Executive Director

AER Conference

Several OSB staff and administrators attended/presented at the 2015 Penn-Del AER Conference in Harrisburg, PA.

1. Kelly Lauer, during her presentation entitled, “Strategies for using Smart Boards with students who are blind or visually impaired.”
2. Susan Vaughan, during her presentation entitled, “Strategies for using Smart Boards with students who are blind or visually impaired.”
3. An Overbrook staff member holds a bumper sticker proclaiming, “CAUTION! DRIVER READS BRAILLE.”
4. Four Overbrook staff members pose for a photo between sessions.
5. A significant aspect of this conference was to honor Kutztown University for 50+ years of providing service. This Overbrook employee wears a small sign identifying him as a “Kutztown Wannabe.” Alas, this poor soul attended college elsewhere!

Spring Flowers at Overbrook

After the cold winter, the beautiful flowers of April are a welcome sight on campus.
1. The magnolia tree is in full bloom in the west cloister.
2. Two yellow tulips are in full bloom and eight purple tulips are almost in full bloom.
3. Two pink blossoms from a tree near the aquatic center are in full bloom against a partly cloudy sky.
4. A single pink tulip with feathery textured edges almost completely fills this photo.
5. A pinkish-purple tree blossom is in front of the southeast tower of the main building.

Employment Opportunity

Position: Teacher Department: Elementary
Status: Full Time 10 Months Instructional
32.5 hrs per week

Minimum Requirements:

BS Degree in Visually Impaired and PA Teaching Certificate. Special Ed Degree will be considered. Experience working with ages 5-12 years of age with Visual Impairment and multiple disabilities.

Summary Of Duties:
Develop and implement IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each student, based upon assessment of student’s and needs. Develop classroom goals and objectives which reflect the IEP. Provide written lesson plans for coordinators’ approval on a weekly basis. Determine age appropriate curricula and modify to suit individual goals, and provide specially designed instruction on an individual basis when required.

Organize collection of student data. Develop and/or implement discipline or behavior goals/plans for students. Complete report cards or progress reports as required. Communicates with parents/ others about child progress.

Overbrook School Blind Human Resources/ October 11, 2014

New Member Elected to the Board of Trustees

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2014

Media Contact: Gloria Pfeiffer, or (215) 290-6405


Philadelphia, PA: Gerald Kitzhoffer, Director of Overbrook School for the Blind, today announced the appointment of a new member to the school’s Board of Trustees.

Ms. Emmeline Hunter Vander Zwagg (“Emmy”) has had multifaceted experiences in the not-for-profit sector including finance, arts administration, editing, small business management, and capital campaign fundraising for educational, visual arts and religious institutions. Her most recent positions have been with The Baldwin School and have included serving as Director of Research, Director of Leadership Development, and Major Gifts Officer. Previously she served as Director of Development for Main Line Arts Center and held management positions with several literary organizations and a commercial banking institution.
She is a graduate of The Baldwin School and Mount Holyoke College and hold a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Her term on the Overbrook School for the Blind Board of Trustees will be for three years to May of 2017.

About Overbrook School for the Blind: Overbrook School for the Blind offers a variety of programs for children of different ages and abilities. Since 1832, Overbrook has been developing and delivering education that enhances the options available for persons with visual impairment and other challenges so that they have the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives. In addition to a full academic program, Overbrook students receive special training and participate in different activities that are important to the development of children with blindness or visual impairment. This includes orientation and mobility, daily living skills, assistive technology, music, art and a full sports program.

For more information about Overbrook School for the Blind, visit or call (215) 877-0313.