Aefsky, Fern

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Graduate Education

Phone: 352-588-7276



  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Ed. Students with Disabilities, Marymount University of Virginia
  • B.S. Elementary and Special Education, University of Maryland

Dr. Aefsky has over 35 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in public schools. She has been an adjunct in special education and educational leadership in various universities. She retired from NY as a school superintendent. Her area of specialization is system change, educating at risk learners, and creating a community culture through building partnerships. She has taught masters and doctoral level classes in special education, school law, and educational leadership.

Community Affiliation:

  • Take Stock in Children
  • Pasco Educational Foundation
  • Relay for Life
  • American Cancer Society
  • Hospice

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Research interests include engaging the community to increase student achievement, transformational leadership for sustainable system change, and engaging all learners. She is completing a book on building and sustaining partnerships with K-12 schools. Professional memberships include: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership (FAPEL); FACTE (Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education); New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS).

Honors & Awards:

  • Phi Gamma Sigma member
  • FATE Appreciation Award
  • Heroes Among Us


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