University Sponsors

Dr. Debbie Keiley


Assistant Professor of Education, Special Education

I have been living in Alabama for approximately 10 years and now call Huntsville, my home. I have taught 16 years in a public school system as a special educator and going on six years at Athens State University as an Assistant Professor of Special Educator.

I can truly say that working with students who have autism and developmental disabilities is not only a challenge but very rewarding. My professional goal is supporting our rural schools by providing training using research-based interventions that will support the education of children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Ph.D. – University of New Mexico
Special Education (moderate to severe disability emphasis)

M.A. – University of New Mexico
Elementary Education (literacy emphasis)

B.S.Ed. – University of Central Florida
Special Education (mild to moderate disability emphasis)



Assistant Professor of Education

Letitia Bergantz holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands, with an emphasis in Technology. She earned an MS in International Relations from Troy State University. Areas of special expertise are in Instructional Design and Educational Technologies. She has 2 QM certified courses. She teaches technology and design courses and advises for Educational Studies.

Ph.D. – University of the Cumberlands, KY, 2017
Leadership Emphasis: Educational Technology of Maslow’s Deficiency Motivation in Program Selection.

M.S. – Troy State University, AL, 2000
Major: International Relations

B.S. – Florida Southern College, FL, 1997
Major: Business Administration: Human Resources

Jennifer Wolfe


Assistant Librarian

Jennifer is an Associate Librarian at Kares Library at Athens State University. She currently teaches HU 321 Research Sources & Skills. She and her husband have two children. Their son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder right before his 4th birthday. She is most proud of bringing the concept of Sensory Story Time to the Alabama Library Association Convention in 2016. Athens-Limestone County Public Library piloted it that same year in their Summer Reading program. Sensory Story Time is a special library service for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a picture schedule, stories, scarf songs, etc. #AutismMatters

M.S. – The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Library & Information Studies

M.A. – University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
Concentration in Early British Literature

B.S.Ed. – Athens State College, Athens, AL
Language Arts 6-12