Thomas Aberli, Ed.D, principal of J. M. Atherton High School, Louisville, KY, has become a leading voice of support and guidance for administrators on the issue of gender identity in schools. The U.S. Department of Education cited Atherton’s policy on school space as a national model of a transgender-inclusive policy in Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students (May 2016).
Tom has appeared on numerous national news programs, presented at Kentucky’s Education Law Institute and authored an article, “The Reality of Gender Identity in Schools,” for Kentucky School Leader magazine. Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, the Principal’s Advisory Committee to the Commissioner of Education and was selected by the governor as a member of the Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force and the state’s School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council. Tom began his career as a high school math and physics teacher.