Since fall of 2007, Kay Abernathy, Ed.D, associate professor, has taught in the Department of Educational Leadership at Lamar University. Dr. Abernathy, as a PreK-12 educator, served in three Texas school districts, including Hardin-Jefferson ISD, Beaumont ISD, and Port Neches-Groves ISD. She also spent a year at the University of Texas Austin as Associate Director of Professional Development for the Texas Education Network. She has held positions as a teacher, instructional technology specialist, technology director, vocational (CATE) director, and independent national consultant.
Dr. Abernathy is the past president of the Texas Computer Education Association; a Christa McAuliffe Fellow, National Education Association Foundation; and a past member of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Board of Directors. She was also the team initiator and developer for the Brazos-Sabine Connection Project, which was awarded $13 million in Texas Education Agency grants for technology integration professional development over a period of 10 years. She served as President of the Texas Educator Computer Association (1997-98) and on the TCEA Board of Directors.
Dr. Abernathy received her doctorate from Texas A&M University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's Degree in Education from Lamar University.