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    [Section_Value3] => <p>I am the second floor girls Residential Counselor for the 2018-2019 academic year.&nbsp; I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with my Bachelors of Arts in Management and Human Resource. While attending Trevecca I worked full-time as a special education teacher assistant. I worked with students from first grade all the way to 12<sup>th</sup> grade. I enjoyed working with students in and outside of the classroom for over eleven years.</p>
<p>In 2013, I transitioned to boarding school education where I worked in the residential setting. I've had the opportunity to do many things I would not have been able to do in a traditional school setting. I have truly enjoyed all the schools I have worked in. Working in a school setting is my calling in life. I am looking forward to working with all the amazing adults and students here at Gatton Academy.</p>
<p>In my spare time I like to read a good book. I also am very close with my family and try and spend as much time as possible with them on my school breaks. &nbsp;When I am not reading or spending time with my family on my time off, people can usually find me watching the travel channel.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>My name is Dr. Christopher &ldquo;Pokey&rdquo; Bowen.&nbsp;&nbsp; I&rsquo;m originally from Camp Hill, PA and I have worked as the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at The Gatton Academy since it opened in 2007. For the past 27 years, pretty much everyone in my life has called me Pokey.&nbsp; It is a nickname that I picked up in undergrad for being a bit of a &ldquo;slow poke&rdquo; on the soccer team.&nbsp; I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Lee University located in Cleveland, TN. I completed my Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kentucky. I have over 15 years of experience working with high school and college students as a counselor, professor, and college student affairs professional.</p>
<p>I really enjoy working with Academy students. Their energy, passion, and creative nature makes every day new and exciting. I am privileged to have the opportunity to reach out to students and help them to grow holistically, adjust to college life and overcome challenges. The Academy students enrich my life beyond words, and I&rsquo;m honored to be able to be part of their lives.</p>
<p>I am blessed to have a wonderful wife Shelley, and three fantastic children Xander (18), Tristan (11), and Olivia (9).&nbsp; I have a 12-year-old Dachshund name Puppy and a 4-year-old rescue Rottweiler, Sophie.&nbsp; In my spare time, I&rsquo;m a sports buff.&nbsp; I really enjoy watching the American Football, and World Cup and Olympic soccer. I&rsquo;m a big Phillies and Penn State fan, I&rsquo;m the only Arizona Cardinals fan I know, and, of course, I always root for the Hilltoppers!&nbsp; I really enjoy spending time with my family hiking, writing/playing music, going to the beach, camping, watching movies, playing video games, and creating some fun art together.&nbsp; One day we hope to buy a RV and take some awesome road trips!</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Lynette Breedlove is the Director of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.&nbsp; Before relocating to Bowling Green, Dr. Breedlove served as the Director of Advanced Academic Studies and Secondary Counseling in Spring Branch ISD, a K-12 school district serving 34,000 students in Houston, Texas.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Dr. Breedlove has held various roles in public education, from classroom teacher and gifted education specialist, to central office administrator.&nbsp; She has been active in gifted education at the local, state, and national levels conducting professional development presentations and parent workshops across Texas and beyond.&nbsp; She currently serves as president-elect of The Association of the Gifted (a division of the Council for Exceptional Children) and as chair-elect of the Special Schools and Programs Network of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).&nbsp; Having served as a president of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), Dr. Breedlove is excited now to serve as treasurer of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE).</p>
<p>Dr. Breedlove earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree at Rhodes College, a master&rsquo;s degree at University of St. Thomas (Houston), and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Intelligence, Creativity, and Giftedness at Texas A&amp;M University.&nbsp; She is married and has two sons.&nbsp; Her husband teaches elementary students in Warren County. Her oldest son lives in Texas, and her youngest son&rsquo;s passion for ice hockey keeps her family on the go.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Chelsee made the move to Kentucky in 2010 to begin her undergraduate career at Western Kentucky University. Chelsee graduated from WKU with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December of 2013 and began her Master's program that next Fall. Chelsee joined the team at The Gatton Academy upon her most recent 2016 graduation from WKU, this time with a Master of Art's in Education, with a focus in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She serves as one of the Counselor's at the Academy and is greatly looking forward to meeting all students, both new and returning. One of her main focuses for her work with students is wellness and self-esteem. Chelsee places a high value on exploring and maintaining ones self-esteem and this will be continually integrated in her work with students.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Outside of Gatton, Chelsee enjoys spending time with her husband, Courtney, and their two dogs, Louie and Migo. She also enjoys attending WKU sporting events as well as participating in competitive horseback riding competitions across the nation with her horse, Cash. She began horseback riding at the age of 4 and values this time as one of her primary self-care activities. In addition to horseback riding, Chelsee also loves spending time outdoors, going out to eat at local restaurants and traveling . She is very excited to meet with current and future Gatton Academy students and their families and she can be reached for questions, comments or concerns anytime through email or phone.</span></p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I am the first floor Residential Counselor for the 2018-2019 academic year.&nbsp; I graduated from the University of Kentucky with my Bachelors of Arts in Social Work in 2013. While at UK, I held numerous leadership positions, became involved in Greek Life, and worked as a GA/TA for the Division of Student Affairs. The past 3 years I have spent working as a Higher Education professional has helped me to discover and hone in on my passion for student involvement, student retention, and student success.</span></p>
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">In my spare time, I like to be active in my sorority, spend time with my family, plan domestic and international trips, and binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix.</span></p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p><span>Alex Fahnders is the fourth floor male Residential Counselor for the 2018-2019 academic year. &nbsp;Alex is from Central Illinois, Springfield, IL, and first heard about WKU through the basketball program and March Madness run after Ty Rodgers "The Shot" in 2008. </span></p>
<p>While at WKU, Alex was an active member of campus. &nbsp;A Resident Assistant from 2010 to 2012, Alex was the RA's Choice and Hall of the year for the 2010 school year. &nbsp;Alex was also an active member in Greek Life, was a WKU Spirit Master (an organization that he was both the Chair of and was Spirit Master of the Year in 2012-2013), and was WKU's Coming Home King in 2013.</p>
<p><span>Before graduation, Alex worked in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs as an intern in the Suites and Hospitality Department and as an athletic coach to DII University of Springfield Head Baseball Coach Chris Ramirez. &nbsp;Alex graduated from WKU in 2013 with a major in Sport Managment and a minor in Athletic Coaching.&nbsp;</span></p>
<p><span>Alex looks forward to working with Gatton Academy students and wants to do everything he can to help them develop as students and better themselves as people through life experiences. &nbsp;During his time as a Residential Counselor, Alex&nbsp;plans on continuing his pursuit of a Masters Degree in Student Affairs.&nbsp;&nbsp;I hope to serve in any capacity to help these students grow and find which path for their future will suit their skill set best.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></p>
<p><span><span class="Apple-converted-space"><span>In his free time, Alex likes to pretend he is a professional baseball scout, watch sports (Cardinals, Dolphins, San Jose Sharks, and WKU Tops) and The Office on television, enjoy a meal with friends, and listen to Dave Matthews Band.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Originally from Butler County, I moved to Bowling Green while finishing up my undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University. Upon graduating, I took my first real job working in WKU&rsquo;s Office of Admissions. After 7 and 1/2 years there, I joined the Academy in April 2008 as the Coordinator of Academic Services. I earned my Masters degree in Public Administration in Spring 2008. My dad claims he sent me off to college and I just never came back!</p>
<p>As Coordinator of Academic Services, I oversee the registration process for students to ensure all Gatton and high school requirements are completed during their 2 years at the Academy.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s amazing to see how students grow and mature in just those few short years.&nbsp; As they embrace their newfound independence and design their own academic schedules, I&rsquo;m here to advise them along the way and to remind them of the little things&hellip;like leaving room for lunch every day.</p>
<p>In my spare time, I enjoy being with family, photography, community events, perfecting my Photoshop skills, and attempting to have the most seasonally decorated office at the Academy.</p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>Blake Hardison is the 2nd Floor Male RC. He is a Accounting and HR Management graduate of the University of Kentucky class of 2018. While at WKU, Blake is working on a MBA in addition to working with The Gatton Academy and one day hopes to get a Ph.D. with an eye on a potential return to Lexington as a professor of Business.&nbsp;Blake spent 3 years with UK's Lewis Honors College as a Residential Adviser and hopes to use his experiences working with the Gifted and talented at UK to enhance the experiences of his residents at Gatton. "Working in residence life is&nbsp;a passion of mine,and I'm excited about this job because,&nbsp;there is so much that I can learn from these students." - Blake</p>
<p>Hobbies include frequent&nbsp;hiking trips to The Red River Gorge and now Mammoth Cave, as well as traveling the world every summer. "I would say the coolest city I've ever seen is Edinburgh, Scotland. The history, the food, the people, and the scenery are all amazing. If I didn't love living here, my first choice would definitely be Edinburgh."&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
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    [Section_Value3] => <p>No two days are alike here and that is a great thing, &nbsp;&nbsp;Whether it is helping a student choose between colleges, prom dates, or just what to have for dinner, our students always keep me on my toes.&nbsp; While a few may refer to me as &ldquo;Mom!&rdquo; and I&rsquo;ll usually respond with &ldquo;Child!&rdquo; my role is sometimes administrative, parental, pastoral, and always flexible.&nbsp; The Gatton Academy is truly a community that has a family-like feel.&nbsp; We work hard to provide students an environment in which they are more than a name and a number but a story that is being written.</p>
<p>&nbsp;I grew up in Hart County and completed a B.S. in human resources management at WKU.&nbsp; My path to the world of student life and working with gifted students is slightly untraditional.&nbsp; Following graduation, I spent five years in retail management with Walgreens drug stores in the Nashville, TN area.&nbsp; I have been at The Gatton Academy since we opened in August 2007.&nbsp;I completed my Master&rsquo;s degree in Leadership Dynamics in our early years and completed a capstone project titled &ldquo;Increasing Emotional Intelligence:&nbsp; Building Strong Student Leaders at the Gatton Academy&rdquo;.&nbsp; I enjoy watching our students discover themselves and grow in confidence and maturity during their time here.&nbsp; My role at the Academy involves managing the residential side of the program.&nbsp; The safety and security of our students is always my top priority.&nbsp; Students may sometimes think my favorite phrase is &ldquo;fire hazard.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Watching students discover the things they are passionate about never gets old.&nbsp; Working with this population is never boring or dull.&nbsp; The excitement they display is contagious.&nbsp; I encourage our students to strive to balance their academic lives with activities that benefit their overall well-being, not just academically but physically, emotionally, and spiritually.&nbsp;&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve lost over 100 pounds during the time I&rsquo;ve been at the Gatton Academy and I enjoy sharing how much happier a healthy lifestyle is with our students.&nbsp; Learning and exploring new things is just as important for adults as it is for our students.&nbsp; From leading a boot camp style exercise program, taking students to church with me on Sunday morning, performing emergency plumbing work at 1am, or just providing a listening ear; each day is just as unique as our students.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m grateful for the opportunity to be a little part of their world for a time.</p>
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<p>Danetra is currently in her final year as a graduate student in WKU&rsquo;s Student Affairs and Higher Education Master's program. In working at the Gatton Academy she is&nbsp;looking forward to engaging students in diverse, educational, and community service activities.</p>
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The Gatton Academy's Staff


Jussara Ave-Lallemant

Jussara Ave-Lallemant
- Residential Counselor

Dr. Pokey Bowen

Dr. Pokey Bowen
- Assistant Director, Counseling Services

Dr. Lynette Breedlove

Dr. Lynette Breedlove
- Director

Mrs. Chelsee Dalcourt

Mrs. Chelsee Dalcourt
- Counselor

Ms. Timiah Dickerson

Ms. Timiah Dickerson
- Residential Counselor

Mr. Alex Fahnders

Mr. Alex Fahnders
- Residential Counselor

Ms. April Gaskey

Ms. April Gaskey
- Coordinator, Student Success

Blake Hardison

Blake Hardison
- Residential Counselor

Ms. Tracy Harkins

Ms. Tracy Harkins
- Coordinator, College Counseling

Ms. Beth Hawke

Ms. Beth Hawke
- Assistant Director, Student Life

Ms. Danetra Hodge

Ms. Danetra Hodge
- Coordinator, Student Activities

Ms. Lauren Kinser

Ms. Lauren Kinser
- Residential Counselor

Ms. Cheryl Kirby-Stokes

Ms. Cheryl Kirby-Stokes
- Coordinator, Academic Opportunities

Vickie Payne

Vickie Payne
- Office Coordinator

Ms. Nita Rice

Ms. Nita Rice
- Office Associate

Dr. Julia Link Roberts

Dr. Julia Link Roberts
- Mahurin Professor of Gifted Education; Executive Director

Mr. Zack Ryle

Mr. Zack Ryle
- Assistant Director, Admissions and Public Relations

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith
- Residential Counselor

Mr. Alex Sorrels

Mr. Alex Sorrels
- Alumni Relations and Recruitment Coordinator

Dr. Derick Strode

Dr. Derick Strode
- Assistant Director, Academic Services

Wade Vierheller

Wade Vierheller
- Residential Counselor


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