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  • Email: real-south@aidb.org

     

Regional Early Acquisition of Language

Phone: 256-589-2001

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.S.Ed. - University of Georgia M.Ed. - Valdosta State University

Mrs. Abby Burke MEd, CCC-SLP , Director

Abby is the Director of the Regional Early Acquisition(REAL) Project, South. She has a masters in Speech Language Pathology and has experience working in school for the Deaf for 5 years. Abby joined REAL in 2020 as a Trainer and transitioned to Director in 2024.

 

Phone: 256-626-0417

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Degrees and Certifications:

BBA & BSW - Faulkner University MSW - University of Alabama

Ukawia Johnson, LMSW, Family Education Trainer

Ukawia is a trainer with the Regional Early Acquisition of Language(REAL) Project, South. She has a master's degree in Social Work and extensive experience in diverse family-focused roles. Ukawia joined the REAL Project in 2020.

Phone: Cell (Text & FT Only) - 256-223-4047

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Degrees and Certifications:

M.S.- University of Tennessee Ed.S- Gallaudet University

Victoria Haggarty, Trainer

Victoria Haggarty joined the REAL Project as a Trainer in November 2022. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Victoria discovered a passion for the arts. When the time came to attend college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Victoria decided to pursue a career in Art Education as well as Deaf Education. Upon graduation,Victoria took on the role as the high school Visual Arts teacher at Tennessee School for the Deaf Knoxville for the next 4 years. 

Wanting to be back in her hometown, Victoria relocated to Nashville in the summer of 2018 to take on the role as the first deaf educator at the Tennessee School for the Deaf Nashville campus. There, she taught preschool to 2nd grade for over 4 years. She also assisted with the development of FIT, the Families, Infants and Toddlers program at TSDN. During this time, Victoria became invested in learning about the research and strategies for language development for D/HH infants and toddlers, as well as support for their families. In August 2021, she earned her Ed.S in Deaf Education with a concentration in ASL/English Bilingual Deaf Education for Ages 0-5 at Gallaudet University. She also graduated from Gallaudet University’s Infants, Toddlers and Families Graduate Certificate program in August 2022.

Victoria moved to Decatur, AL, in November 2022 to begin her career as a REAL Trainer. After almost 10 years of experience as a deaf educator in a wide range of classrooms, Victoria is excited to transition to her new role at AIDB. She looks forward to supporting families with deaf and hard of hearing children across the Southeast. When she is not working, Victoria enjoys a multitude of hobbies including kayaking, painting, crafting away with the Cricut, reading, playing with her dogs, running her Deaf art business and traveling. 

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Kimberly Welch, AAS

Kimberly is the Administrative Assistant of the Regional Early Acquisition of Language (REAL) Project, South. She has an Associate's degree in Computer Information Systems and experience working in business offices for over 9 years. Kimberly joined REAL in June 2023 as an Accounting Clerk II for Special Projects.

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Kalani Cox, Audiology Director