Who We Are

At Perkins School for the Blind, we believe that every single employee has the power to make a difference in the life of a child or young adult who is blind or visually impaired. We value diversity in our staff, because our community is stronger when unique ideas and perspectives are shared. We build accessibility into every aspect of our work environment, giving talented employees of all backgrounds an opportunity to shine.

We value hard work, creativity and passion, and truly believe that the success of each employee leads to the success of the organization as a whole – that’s why we empower staff members to grow and pursue new opportunities across campus.

A teacher pushes a student in a wheelchair

Our commitment to our mission of blindness education has never wavered since we opened our doors in 1829. Every day, we build on that tradition to create the best possible programs and services, driven by our dedicated employees.


Core Values

While the world has changed since Perkins’ founding, our fundamental beliefs have remained constant. Our Core Values guide and inspire our work every day.

  • Excellence in Education
    We pursue excellence and innovation to enable all students to reach their full potential. 
  • Tradition
    We look to our legacy to inform our future.
  • Empowerment
    We work to ensure that every person has the opportunity to make their voice heard.
  • Integrity
    We behave in a way that is honest and principled.
  • Accessibility
    We strive to be a model of accessibility in our actions and attitudes, fostering and advocating for an environment of inclusion.

Read our employee stories
HuyenTran Vo stands at her desk

She provides a fun space to chill out

What I do: Coordinator of the Grousbeck Student Technology Center HuyenTran Vo shares her passion for engaging every Perkins student.
A young woman stands with her hands on her hips in a classroom.

She supports students in classrooms and cottages

What I do: Teaching Assistant Sydney Hopen shares the joy of seeing students succeed each day.
A woman with curly red hair stands in an office

She helps others as she was helped

What I do: Inspired by her late son, Deafblind Program nurse Kami Guthrie works to keep students healthy every day.
Two students and a teaching assistant cook in the Oliver Cottage kitchen.

Finding independence in aisle six

Residential students at Perkins learn independent living skills everywhere, including the local grocery store.