Mushington-Anderson has been teaching in an elementary school environment for 15 years, but it wasn't until her daughter was born with congenital cataracts and had difficulty reading Braille that the educator turned her focus to helping children with vision impairment.
For three years, Mushington-Anderson has been working with vision impaired children at Russell. Her instruction includes proficiency in Braille as well as the printed word.
According to Russell Elementary School Principal Peter Manson, some of the students Mushington-Anderson has mentored in Braille have gone on to awards for their Braille fluency.
"Ms. Mushington-Anderson is a gifted teacher who is always looking for new opportunities for her students," Manson said.
"She also has such a wonderfully positive and indomitable spirit which she freely shares with students and colleagues alike."
One of Mushington-Anderson's students, Maria Monteiro-Oliveira, said, "She always helps with the Braille writer and explains things to me that I don’t understand. She’s also really creative and imaginative."
As the 2013 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children, Mushington-Anderson has earned $1,000, an expenses-paid trip to the National Federation of the Blind convention, a plaque, and now has an opportunity to present information about the education of blind children to the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children.