Brett Gould, Ph.D., retired in June 2018 after 34 ½ years in public education after serving as a classroom teacher, coach, sponsor, and building and district administrator.
Dr. Gould began his career as a junior high social studies teacher and transitioned to high school where he taught U.S. History, World History, and AP European History. He was also chairperson for the humanities division. He coached football, wrestling, tennis, rugby, and served as school student government sponsor.
Dr. Gould’s administrative history includes a multitude of experiences: serving as a high school dean of students, assistant principal for building and operations, assistant principal for leadership, curriculum and instruction, and high school principal. Dr. Gould served as the district assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Lockport Township High School District 205 for eight years until his retirement in 2018. Lockport High School has been recognized annually as “One of America's Best High Schools” by both U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek magazines.
During his tenure, Dr. Gould was involved in many curricular and instructional innovations. He was instrumental in the district implementation of a 1:1 initiative, differentiated instruction, implementation of daily professional learning teams, PSAT transition, increasing dual credit and CTE course opportunities, enhancing STEM programming and developing a corporate STEM partnership, incorporating Integrated Math, developing balanced assessments, and piloting a Peer/Instructional Coaching program. He was also responsible for the direct supervision and annual evaluation of two high school building principals.
His professional development experiences include providing professional opportunities for staff to improve their instructional effectiveness. These include working with notable, national presenters such as Rick Wormeli and Billie Donegan on effective and fair classroom grading practices, Tim Shanahan, Ellin Keene, and Jim Burke on literacy/reading enhancement, Cindy Strickland on differentiated instruction, and Anne Weerda on balanced assessments and using data in a Professional Learning Community. Amongst attending countless professional development workshops and conferences, he attended a summer workshop at Harvard University presented by Richard Elmore on Restructuring the American High School and a four-day certification institute on instructional coaching presented by Jim Knight at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Gould earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History education from Western Illinois University in 1982 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University in 1988. In March 2010, he received a Ph.D. Degree in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University, completing his doctoral thesis on “Effect of math interventions and teacher professional development on student achievement.”