TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — 2015's Indiana Teacher of the Year Kathy Nimmer is working to grant a wish.
She and a small group are teaming up to help a Wea Ridge Middle School student. News 18 talked with Nimmer to learn more about why she's so passionate about helping this student.
Kathy Nimmer and her friend Nestor Gonzalez have a lot in common because of some challenges they both face. Nimmer's goal is to make life a little easier for Gonzalez.
If you ask Nestor Gonzalez about his favorite thing to do, he'll tell you he loves to read. Specifically books about space.
"I like math and science," said Gonzalez. Those subjects don't come easy for him.
"It's like when my optic nerve, the thing that sends information to my brain is like too, that tiny area is too small for all the images to go through," said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was born with Septo Optic Dysplasia, a condition that leaves him with only a small amount of useable vision.
He uses a technology called VisioBook to help him in class.
"I unfold it and then I have to press the on button and then I can zoom in and all that, but its super big and bulky," said Gonzalez.
But that's all about to change with the help of Kathy Nimmer and a special pair of glasses called eSight 3.
"All I want for Christmas is sight, but not for me, for Nestor," said Nimmer.
"He would be able to read anything that his teachers put on the board he would be able to dial in and change the visual focus, the size, the contrast on any books or papers," said Nimmer.
Nimmer and Gonzalez have something in common.
"I'm totally blind, except for a little bit of light perception," said Nimmer.
While the level of vision impairment is different.
"To see that he has this potential to make that dream, that future more within reach," said Nimmer.
Nimmer feels the similarities have created a bond between them.
Nimmer said, "with this piece of technology, it touches me deeply and makes me positive that this is a cause I wanna get behind."
Gonzalez couldn't agree more. He said, "I'm pretty excited for that, and I hope that I get them."
These glasses normally cost around $10,000. During the month of December, a group of people will match fifty cents for every dollar donated, meaning the glasses will only cost around $7,000.
To donate, click on this link.