About the FSDB President

Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett is the 17th and first female president of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Dr. Prickett has been an educator of blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind students for more than four decades. At Illinois State University, she earned her bachelor’s degree in education with specialization in elementary education and education of students with visual impairments, followed by a master’s degree in education of the deaf and then a doctorate degree in educational administration.

She began her career at the Illinois State University Laboratory Schools, where she taught in resource programs serving blind/visually impaired students, deaf/hard of hearing students, and deafblind students. At ISU, she also taught university courses and supervised graduate students studying to become special education teachers. Subsequently, Dr. Prickett served as a regional consultant and an administrator in elementary and secondary programs serving students with low incidence disabilities in the Chicago suburbs and in Central Illinois.

Dr. Prickett moved to Washington, DC to serve on several federal projects in vision impairment and deafblindness through the Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education.  At Gallaudet University, she was the project director for the federally funded National Information Center on Deaf-Blindness. She coordinated and taught courses in the federally funded personnel preparation program in Vision Impairments at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD while also coordinating statewide technical assistance and training in deaf-blindness for elementary and secondary school programs through JHU and the Maryland Deaf-Blind Project.

As coordinator of materials development for a federally funded national initiative through the American Foundation for the Blind, Dr. Prickett served as an editor and wrote multiple modules for Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf-Blind. The Hand in Hand resource continues to be used worldwide in the preparation of teachers to serve students who are deafblind.

Dr. Prickett next relocated to Honolulu, where she served as administrator for the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind, with oversight of and consultation for state instructional, diagnostic and dormitory programs for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind students. Subsequently, she became superintendent at the Iowa School for the Deaf, where she administered state instructional and dormitory programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind students; she also served as president of the ISD Foundation.

After a national search by the FSDB Board of Trustees, Dr. Prickett became the first female president in the school’s history.

Dr. Prickett has written numerous articles and book chapters related to education of children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. She has served as a consultant, as an adjunct faculty member for several college and university programs, and has given numerous presentations and training sessions both nationally and internationally. She has also served on various committees and boards on the local, state and national level. She served as an appointed member of the City of St. Augustine Vision Steering Committee (January 2014-June 2015), which developed the City’s new vision and strategic goals for the City Commission’s adoption.

A native of Bloomington, IL, Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett is married to Dr. Hugh Prickett, a retired professor of deaf education and administrator of schools for the deaf; she has four stepchildren and six step-grandchildren. She is also fluent in both Spanish and American Sign Language, and reads and writes braille.

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