Victor Gathers

Title: Assistant Principal
Company: The New York City Department of Education
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Victor Gathers, Assistant Principal with the New York City Department of Education Alternative High School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

As a youth during the civil rights movement, Dr. Gathers was enrolled in school during an initiative to correct the school governance system in the city of New York. His neighborhood was selected as an experimental district, and the experience allowed him to witness his school district develop community control of district policies. He then made the conscious decision to pursue a career in school administration in order to serve as a “change agent” for community school educational development.

Moreover, Dr. Gathers received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in education from Boston University in 1973 and 1974, respectively. He later earned a Master of Arts in school administration from the City University of New York in 1987. Dr. Gathers concluded his academic efforts with a Doctor of Education in school leadership from The Sage Colleges in 2018. At the start of his career, he notably served as the coordinator and principal/director within the Alternative Education District of the New York City Department of Education. Today, he excels as an assistant principal of an alternative high school with the NYC DOE.

Achievements to his credit include authoring a patent titled “Essentials of Educational Program Services” in 2003. Likewise, he served as the author and editor of “Steck-Vaughn TABE Mathematics Workbook” and has developed a doctoral dissertation that was published/copyrighted (actions to improve alternative education graduation rates) in 2019. For his accomplishments in the field, he accepted a 20 Year Service Award from the NYC Council of Supervisors and Administrators, where he was a past president of the Black Caucus. Dr. Gathers also demonstrated exceptional athletic talent as a basketball player at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, from 1968 to 1969 and at Boston University from 1969 to 1973. Dr. Gathers attributes his success to his passion and dedication for his work. He feels a sense of duty to his community, and he is simply never satisfied with mediocrity. His parents and grandparents laid the foundation and example to pursue and reach a goal. All of his heroes lived under one roof, and he is grateful for having the opportunity to sustain the legacy of a purposeful life.

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