On Sunday March 20, 2022, Elaine Carson Montague presented the book Victory from the Shadows, co-written by the speaker, Elaine Carson Montague and her late husband Gary Ted Montague. The book was published in 2019 and Gary Montague passed away on November 6, 2020. The book describes the life of Gary, born with low vision, as he lives first on a ranch east of San Jon, then his youth at the New Mexico School for the Blind in Alamogordo, and finally his entire adult life in Albuquerque. In Albuquerque he attended the University of New Mexico and worked as a Training Technician at the Safety Engineering Department at Sandia National Laboratories. The program focused on problems caused by low sight and what enabled Gary to succeed at UNM and SNL and how he navigated in the sighted world in spite of the conundrum of low vision.
The program was live-streamed on the AHS Facebook page with a question and answer session following the presentation. The virtual presentation is also available for viewing on the AHS YouTube channel.
Elaine Carson Montague was raised in a military family and lived in various places growing up. She attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque initially as an undergraduate in the late 1950s where she met and married Gary Montague. Eventually her academic degrees included: BS Elementary Education. MS Special Education, EdS Educational Administration
Elaine worked at Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years in teacher training of computer applications and implementation of innovative programs in special and regular education classrooms K-12, architecture for elementary grades. Known as “The Egg Drop Lady”, her students included intellectually gifted children and those with learning challenges due to learning disabilities emotional/ behavioral problems and communication disorders.