Gatton Academy Recognizes Kentucky Educators for Supporting Class of 2022

BOWLING GREEN – Kentucky’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science recently recognized 15 educators from across the Commonwealth for supporting high-ability students. Educators were recognized at the May 7 launch of the program at Van Meter Hall.

Gatton Academy created the Gatton Academy Educator Recognition Program in 2018 to recognize and celebrate the support students receive from gifted and talented teachers, counselors, specialists and principals throughout their educational journey. Educators play a key role in encouraging students to develop their strengths, explore topics of interest and set challenging goals. Students often discover the opportunities offered by Gatton Academy through educators who recognize their potential.

Gatton Academy graduates were asked to nominate an educator from a Kentucky school to be recognized at the graduation. Selected educators received a certificate of recognition, a specific message of gratitude from their student(s), and were asked to stand to be recognized as their names were read at the graduation ceremony. opening of the Gatton Academy. The following educators have been recognized by the Class of 2022:

Alesa Baker, Bowling Green Independent School District

Scott Boyd, Louisville Classical Academy

Courtney Calvert, Clarinet teacher

Valeria Fritz, Hickman County Schools

Genny Jenkins, Rowan County Schools

John Karanja, Murray Independent School District

Laura Leper, Warren County Public Schools

Chad Muncy, Jackson County Schools

Lisa Petrie, Todd County Schools

Scott Pile, Calloway County Schools

Kelley Ransdell, Anchorage Public School

Dr. Claire Rinehart, Western Kentucky University

Robbie Robert, Franklin County Public Schools

Denise Stice, Edmonson County Schools

Mark Wolff, Villa Madonna Academy

About Gatton Academy: Established in 2007, The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s premier two-year residential program for gifted and talented juniors and seniors. Gatton Academy students enroll as juniors and are full-time WKU students pursuing their interests in advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Gatton Academy was named for Jay Mathews’ list of top performing schools with elite students for eleven consecutive appearances and received the Innovation Partnership Award from the National Consortium for Secondary STEM School.

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