New Director Named for WKU's Gatton Academy

May 21, 2014

Dr. Lynette Breedlove
Credit WKU Media Relations

A gifted and talented educator from Texas will become the new director of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.

Dr. Lynette Breedlove comes from the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston where she has been Director of Advanced Academic Studies since 2005.

“The Gatton Academy is a remarkable place for bright and gifted high school students to thrive and pursue their areas of passion,” Dr. Breedlove said in a news release.  "I am honored to lead the Academy as it continues to develop and serve exceptional students of Kentucky.”

Breedlove holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Texas A & M University and is active in professional organizations, including the National Association for the Gifted.

"She is an outstanding educator with leadership experiences that make her a perfect fit for the Gatton Academy," said Dr. Julia Roberts, Director of the Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.  "I am honored to welcome Dr. Breedlove as director of the Gatton Academy.”

Breedlove, who will start at the end of July, succeeds Dr. Tim Gott, who retired.

The Gatton Academy, established in 2007, is Kentucky's high school for gifted and talented juniors and seniors.  Gatton Academy students enroll early as full-time WKU students to pursue their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

Newsweek magazine named the Gatton Academy the number one public high school in the United States in 2012 and 2013.