Mass. Academy Director Named to National Board

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WORCESTER, Mass. Leah Vetter of Lexington, Mass., director of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Consortium for Specialty Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. The consortium works with colleges, universities, corporations and foundations to strengthen and disseminate the unique and innovative programs developed by its 55 member schools.

The academy, located on the WPI campus, is a public high school for students in grades 11 and 12 with exceptionally high aptitude in mathematics and science. Since its founding in 1992 by the Massachusetts Legislature, the academy has graduated 131 students from 65 Central Massachusetts cities and towns.

Vetter, who has been director since the academy was established, came to WPI after six years as state coordinator for teacher preparation and program approval for the Massachusetts Department of Education. She holds bachelors degrees in history and education and master's degrees in theology and educational administration. She has served as a K-12 teacher and principal and a college lecturer, has been an advisory board member for projects funded by the National Science Foundation to improve physics and mathematics education, and is a consultant and public speaker.