Gerald Abner, Ed.S.
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Counselor Education
237D Taylor Education Building
Gerald Abner is a clinical instructor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Counselor Education. He has 25 years experience in the public school system as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). Gerald received his undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Kentucky (UK), a Masters in Visual Impairments from the University of Louisville, and an Education Specialist degree in Assistive Technology from UK.
Mr. Abner has taught assistive technology classes at the university level and currently conducts professional development trainings at the local, state and national level. Combining his interest of assistive technology and visual impairments, his current focus is working with the University to create a new certification program for teachers of the visually impaired.
In 2004, Mr. Abner was named Special Educator of the year from the Kentucky State Department of Education. Together with a colleague, he has created and trademarked “Buckets of Literacy” which is an innovative way to create literacy experiences for inclusive classrooms using a variety of both instructional and assistive technologies. Following the Universal Design for Learning framework the Buckets allow teachers to create a print rich environment for all learners regardless of disability.
Mr. Abner also serves on a team of educators from Jessamine County Schools that travels to Hong Kong as part of the International Alliance for Invitational Education. This team spends time teaching in primary schools in Hong Kong and will return there in the fall of 2012 to provide professional development and model teaching evident of Invitational Education practices.