CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Tyner Academy principal Carol Goss is one of fifteen principals chosen to serve on the advisory council for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Mrs. Goss is the only educator from Tennessee who will serve on the panel.

Mrs. Goss told Eyewitness News, "The foundation is looking for ways to connect with educators to help them become more knowledgeable about ways we can support public education and advance the number of college ready graduates in our country."  She will be traveling to Seattle for a three-day conference to meet with the fourteen other principals from across the country.

She says she was "honored and somewhat overwhelmed" to be chosen from among thousands of educators.  "I also think it validates some of the work we have already done at Tyner and in the high schools in Hamilton County.  I am blessed to be surrounded by colleagues who have pushed my thinking and supported the work we do at Tyner."

She said her selection involves a three-year commitment, which will include periodic meetings and frequent communication via telephone and e-mail.  "I will be consulting my faculty for advice too.  They're involved in everything we do, and every decision I make.  They're a big part of the success we've enjoyed at Tyner Academy.  I am blessed to have the support of my family, my school, my colleagues, my system."

Mrs. Goss has been principal at Tyner the past 7 years.  Prior to that she served as the school's assistant principal for 4 years, and was principal at East Ridge Middle for 5 years.  She has a BA in Religious Education from Carson-Newman College,  a Masters in Divinity from Southern Seminary, and Masters of Education from Trevecca Nazarene College.

The Gates Foundation describes itself as "dedicated to bringing innovations in health, development, and learning to the global community."  More information is available at www.gatesfoundation.org.