The Gatton Academy
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
September 1, 2015
Class of 2018 Application Opens
September 4-7, 2015
Closed Weekend (Labor Day)
September 12, 2015
September 30 - October 4, 2015
Closed Weekend (Fall Break)
October 17, 2015
October 30 - November 1, 2015
November 14, 2015
November 24-29, 2015
Closed Weekend (Thanksgiving)
December 7, 2015
Finals Week Begins
January 23, 2016
Mr. Derick Strode
Assistant Director, Academic Services
Office: BR 121
Derick has worked at the Gatton Academy since the fall of 2008. His work involves connecting students to mentored research projects, motivating students to reach for summer internship and research positions, and helping students connect their accumulated experiences to appropriate conferences and scientific meetings, scholarships, and competitions.
Inspired by his own experiences abroad as a student, Derick organizes and plans study abroad experiences for Gatton Academy students annually to Costa Rica for ecological field research and to England for literature studies. Additionally, he coordinates the school’s STEM + Critical Language learning tracks in Arabic and Chinese.
He has a BA in English, an MAE in Student Affairs in Higher Education, a graduate certificate in International Student Services, and recently completed an MA in English. In his thesis, he wrote on matters of family, his father’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and the Kentucky experience in a series of creative non-fiction essays. Currently, Derick is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Postsecondary Leadership at Western Kentucky University.
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