On Friday, May 18, 2012 Annette Newbold was presented with the Marla Palmer Award for her dedication to the education of and her love for our children. The award presentation took place at the National Federation of the Blind of Utah State Convention.
Annette began her career with the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in 1972. After teaching for three years she took a brief hiatus but returned to USDB in 1983 where she continues to teach today. For over 30 years she has taught our children it’s respectable to be blind. She has given them confidence. Like us in the NFB she believes that Braille is an essential ingredient to helping our children to be successful. She has loved them as if they were her own.
In 2010 Annette took two weeks out of her summer to teach at the BELL (Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) Program. This was her third summer ensuring that those who need her help get it.
The Marla Palmer Award was created by the Utah Parents of Blind Children in honor of Marla's decade of service and countless hours spent helping to ensure our children receive the services they need and deserve. This award is presented to those individuals who exemplify these same attributes.
Thank you Annette for teaching and loving our children.