Earlier this week, the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Karlee Fey Rojas with their President’s Award for the month of May.
Rojas, a freshman at Valle Verde Early College High School, is described by YISD officials as “bright and motivated… whose daily life consists of challenges that most of her peers – and even adults – may never be able to understand or endure.”
Karlee’s teachers say she is the “perfect example of the perseverance and grit our students need to succeed in life.”
As a student with a visual impairment, Karlee regularly relies on materials such as recorders, Braille textbooks, and computer reader programs to help her complete her classwork and homework. But she refuses to let her impairment get in the way of her goals – specifically, her goal to become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist.
YISD officials say the process to earn this certification was a particularly challenging one, as it required Karlee to perform and explain all the necessary functions of Microsoft Word without the use of a reader.
Through much hard work, dedication, and persistence, Karlee passed the Microsoft Office Word exam in March, making her the first visually impaired student in district history to become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist.