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Gottron Honored As Distinguished Scholar

By Staff | Dec 3, 2014

Pictured is CEO of West Virginia Center for Professional Development Dr. Dixie Billheimer, Hundred High School Principal Daniel Gottron, and Wetzel County Superintendent Dennis Albright.

Hundred High School Principal Daniel Gottron was recognized at Monday night’s Wetzel County Board of Education meeting for being a distinguished scholar at the Principals’ Leadership Academy.

Dr. Dixie Billheimer, chief executive officer at the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, stated that her agency, created in 1991, provides continuing education for state educators and principals to increase student achievement and to create innovative learning environments. Billheimer stated that Gottron was one of 150 principals who completed the leadership academy. She said Gottron was one of 12 new principals being recognized as 2014 Distinguished Scholars.

Gottron said that his project at the academy was called “Hornets Take Flight.”

“At the beginning of the year last year, they said to take one focus area-one area that you can use data to drive improvement at your school,” Gottron explained, adding that by the October meeting of his group, he had come to the determination that there wasn’t one focus area to use data to improve, “but multiple focus areas to improve.” Gottron stated that he ended up with student attendance, achievement, and behavior. “Those were three data driven areas that I felt could turn around in our school and really drive our students and school forward.”