Jacquelyn C. (Girard) Lally is the Coordinator of Transiton and High School Counseling at the Florida School for the
Deaf and the Blind. She is also a graduate of the FSDB Class of 1996. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in School and Guidance Counseling, both from Gallaudet University. She currently serves on the Florida State teams for the Natonal Deaf Agenda and the PepNET2 Natonal Summit Series.
Lally returned to her alma mater in 2007 to implement the Educaton For Life Transiton program in the Deaf High
School. Drawing on her prior collaboratve work with the First-Year Experience and Students in Transiton teams at
Gallaudet, she integrates and uses creatve transiton strategies to prepare and support FSDB graduates in their
pursuit of postsecondary training optons. As a role model, she instlls in students a sense of pride and
accomplishment; she strongly believes all students can be successful with appropriate training and experience.
She is currently working on a collaboratve project with the Gallaudet University Counseling Department to publish a
new resource focusing on counseling deaf and hard of hearing students.
Involved in civic organizatons, she is Vice President of the Florida School for the Deaf Alumni Associaton, and an
actve member of the First Coast Optmist Club and the St. Augustne Quota Club. She resides in St. Augustne with her husband, Shannon Lally, also a teacher at FSDB, and their two children.
The 100th Commencement Ceremony for the Classes of 2014 was held on May 30 at the Claude R. Kirk, Jr. Auditorium on FSDB campus, just after the Senior Awards Ceremony. FSDB President Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett gave a warm welcome to the two graduating classes and their families, congratulating them on their achievements.
Commencement speakers were Gerard Buckley, Ed.D., President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Vice President of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and Enrique Oliu, Spanish Radio Broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays and Interviewer/Alternate Interpreter for the office of the Public Defender in Hillsboro County, Florida. Dr. Buckley and Mr. Oliu, a 1980 FSDB alumnus, shared words of inspiration to seniors from across the state of Florida.
Special honors were bestowed upon valedictorian Jason Miles Antal (St. Augustine) and salutatorian Vada Nicole Paglinawan Casorla (Kissimmee) of the Deaf High School Class of 2014, as well as valedictorian Chance Deon Jackson (Palatka) and salutatorian Kyle Joseph McCreath (Gainesville) of the Blind High School Class of 2014. Both valedictorians addressed their respective classes.
On Monday, November 18, 2013, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind hosted a stamp unveiling to commemorate musical legend Ray Charles. The United States Postal Service approached the school back in October about bringing this once in a lifetime event to the school for its students, staff and stakeholders.