Julia Hedrick, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instructor, has been at TSB for more than 12 years. The best things about working at our school, she said, “is the people - both students and co-workers.” Ms. Hedrick takes great satisfaction in teaching O&M. “I find it very rewarding because it gives me the opportunity to focus on one student at a time, assess their needs, and teach them things that will help them be safe and independent travelers, both now and in the future.” 

It was Ms. Hedrick’s son, Carl, who inspired her to go into education for the visually impaired. “Carl, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa when he was 5 years old. I soon became aware of the shortage of vision teachers and looked into becoming a vision teacher myself,” said Ms. Hedrick. She already had a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University in River Forest, IL, and had been teaching in Lutheran schools. When Carl was 10, Ms. Hedrick had the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in special education for the visually impaired through a grant at Vanderbilt University. She later earned O&M certification from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
While she currently resides in
Bellevue, on the west side of Nashville, Ms. Hedrick’s blood runs true “Crimson,” when she’s watching football - “Roll Tide!” A native Alabaman, she hails from a small town called Cullman. Her family moved to Nashville when she was 15, where she graduated from Hillwood High School. She also considers herself a Predators fan and gets to games as often as she can. So maybe her blood runs a little blue at times too!
When not at
TSB, Ms. Hedrick enjoys reading, going to concerts, listening to bluegrass, walking, enjoying nature, singing in her church choir, and spending time with her husband of 27 years, Frank, who works right up the street. Frank is an IT specialist at Cloverbottom.
Mr. and Mrs. Hedrick have two grown children. Their son, Carl attends college in GA and loves to play goal ball. Their daughter, Anna, who graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a degree in Biology is currently living at home and working at the Nashville Zoo gift shop, and hoping to soon get a job at the zoo working with animals. Also at home are Alex, Kelani, Oliver, and Nala. “That’s right,” said Ms. Hedrick, “four cats - one for each person!”
One thing you might not know about
Ms. Hedrick - she plays the French Horn in the Brass Band of Nashville. The band offers concerts four to five times a year. While most of the concerts are at the Vine Street Christian Church on Harding Pike, the band will be playing at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 3:15 p.m., October 10th during the Free Day of Music. If you would like to attend or want more information about other band performances, go to www.brassbandofnashville.org.