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Gott to lead national consortium

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By Kelly Cantrall

An area educator has stepped into the national education arena.

Tim Gott, former principal at Morningside Elementary School and director of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, has been elected president of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Gott, who began the role last week, has been a member of the consortium’s  board for four years. The group assisted in creating the Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University.

Each year the board asks for names to serve as officers. Gott included his name this year. He hopes to position Gatton on the national stage through the position.

“I feel like we have a lot to offer,” he said.

Gatton has no equal in Kentucky, so the consortium of 150 secondary schools gives Gatton connections to similar institutions.

Gott will run the four consortium meetings during his year-long term, and will organize its conferences. As president, he hopes to increase membership in the consortium and to partner with Washington officials in creating more schools that focus on science, math, technology and engineering. Gott values a holistic approach to education that involves the arts and wants to see opportunities for children to exceed in any area of interest to them, he said.

Gott also would like to partner with the National Association for Gifted Children, since the two organizations serve the same children.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.