Dr. Lisa Serino is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. Serino prepares teachers to work with children with visual impairments (TVI). She teaches the literary braille course and the Nemeth math braille course. Dr. Serino earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona. She also earned her Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Special Education and Visual Impairments from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation topic focused on increasing the reading fluency of students with visual impairments.
Dr. Serino has worked in the field of special education for 27 years. The last seventeen years, she has taught elementary and middle school students at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB), Tucson campus. In addition, she is a certified reading specialist. Over the course of her teaching career, she has been a mentor to many new teachers at ASDB. Dr. Serino has served on several curriculum committees, including math, science and literacy.
In addition, Dr. Serino has been a coordinating teacher for numerous university interns from the TVI program. She has also supervised university interns in a variety of educational settings. Dr. Serino has presented guest lectures at the university on the practical aspects of teaching reading, reading assessments and inclusion of students with visual impairments. She also demonstrated how to administer the John’s Basic Reading Inventory for the “Jumping into the Johns” reading assessment video. Finally, Dr. Serino has published an article which focused on how to create an environment for a successful reading program for students with visual impairments and she has served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness since 2007.