Dr. Gera Nelson – Asbury University
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Assistant Professor

Department: School of Education

Office: RE 339

Phone Number: 2193

I am originally from Brazil but have lived in the U.S. for the last 30 years. I have earned a BA in Mass Communications – Journalism (From Brazil), a Masters in Middle School Education (from Georgia Southwestern State University), and a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and instruction – Literacy (from Georgia Southern University).

I am married to Wayne Nelson and together we have two wonderful young men, Matthew 24, just graduated with an engineering degree from UK, and Nathan 22, who just graduated with a Business Management degree from UK as well. I like to read, listen to NPR, travel, walk and skateboard.

Education

Doctors Degree in Education (Ed. D) –Literacy – December 11, 2009

  • Critical Narrative of Multiracial Women’s Personal Journey: Negotiating the Intersectionality of Race and Gender Issues in a Monoracial Paradigm.
  • Georgia Southern University – Statesboro, GA
  • Specialization: Curriculum and instruction – Literacy

Master of Science in Middle Grades Education– July, 2003

  • Georgia Southwestern State University – Americus, GA
  • Concentrations: Language Arts and Social Studies

Licensure of Portuguese and English December 1989

  • Faculdades Metodista Integradas Izabela Hendrix – Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Concentrations: Portuguese and EnglishEducation

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism – June, 1985

  • Faculdade de Filosofia Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Concentration: Journalism

ESOL Endorsement – Fall, 2010

  • Valdosta State University – Valdosta, GA
  • Concentration: P-12 Education

Teacher Certification – Alternative Preparatory Program – December, 1998

  • Georgia Southwestern University – Americus, GA
  • Concentrations: Middle Grades Education: Language Arts and Social Studies

Presentations

  • Kentucky Reading Association (KRA) Conference – Promoting Academic Achievement through the Lenses of Culturally Responsive Literacy – September 2019
  • KY – TESOL Conference – Fostering ELL Academic Achievement Using Culturally Responsive Classroom Libraries – September 2019
  • Kentucky Excellence in Education Preparation (KEEP) Conference – Culturally Responsive Teaching Experience – 2019
  • Kentucky Association of Teachers Educators (KATE) – Developing Culturally Responsive Teachers – 2019
  • An Overview of the LWC IRB: Recent Trends, Transitions, and Promotion Student and Faculty Research Success – LWC – 2018
  • But I’m Not Teaching Online – LWC – 2018
  • Kentucky Reading Association Annual Conference – Discovering the Secret of Content Mastery: Differentiating Literacy Instruction – 2017
  • Kentucky Reading Association Annual Conference – Lead Students in Researching and Presenting – 2017
  • Lindsey Wilson College – Columbia – Professional Development: College and Career Readiness: Preparing Students for 21st Century Skills – Fall 2017
  • Kentucky Reading Association Annual Conference – Literacy: The Real Superpower in the Content Areas. Lead Students in Researching and Presenting – 2016
  • Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators (KATE) Conference – September 2016
    Literacy in the Content Areas: Enabling Pre-service Teachers to Understand the Literacy Demands of All Subject Areas.
  • Lindsey Wilson College – Columbia – Spring 2016 – Diversity in the Classroom: Facing the Unknown.
  • KY – TESOL Conference – Louisville – October 2015 – Reaching All Students Through Tiered Instruction and Assignments.
  • Lindsey Wilson College – Columbia – Fall 2015 – Differentiation: Reaching All Students Through Tiered Instruction.
  • Lindsey Wilson College – Columbia – Fall 2015 – Meeting All Students’ Needs: The Difference Between Accommodations, Modifications and Differentiation.
  • Lindsey Wilson College – Columbia – February 2015 – Literacy in the Content Areas: Effective Content Areas instruction of ELLs in Middle and High Schools.
  • KY – TESOL Conference – Louisville – October 2014 – Differentiation: Aiding ELLs in the Content Classroom.
  • KYTESOL 2013 Conference – Louisville – October 2013 – Literacy Within Reach for All Students: Differentiation in the Content Areas.
  • Greenwood High School – Literacy Within Reach: Differentiation in the Content Areas.
  • Briarwood Elementary School – Understanding the Written Text: Aiding ELL/ENL Hesitant Students in Becoming Strategic Readers.
  • KYTESOL 2012 – Conference – Understanding the Written Text: Aiding ELL/ENL Students in Becoming Strategic Readers.
  • Valdosta State University – LASA – Latin America Students Association 2003 – A Road Map to Success: Encouraging Latin American Students to Pursue Graduate Studies.
  • Migrant/ESOL conference (2002) Columbus Georgia – Inclusion: Implications of NCLB to Migrant/ESOL Students’ Academic Success.
  • Troy University – Troy – AL – Accommodations: Providing Appropriate Instructional Strategies to ESOL Students.
  • Tri-County High School (2000) – Accommodations: Providing Appropriate Instructional Strategies to ESOL Students.
  • Georgia Migrant Education Conferences (1999) – Preventing Dropouts: Motivating Migrant Students to Stay in School and Succeed.
  • Georgia Migrant Education Conferences (1998) – Making the Connection: Persuading Migrant Youth to Enroll in High School or GED Programs.

Grant Writing

New Horizons Grant – 2016 & 2017 (To take undergraduate students to present research at a conference)

Publications

  • ESL Students Using Art to Celebrate Diversity. KYTESOL Newsletter. Volume XXXVIII Issue: #1. August 2012
  • KYTESOL 2012 – Conference: Understanding the Written Text: Aiding ELL Students in Becoming Strategic Readers.

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