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Administration

Tim Gott – Principal

tim.gott@palmettoscholarsacademy.org

Dr. Gott recently retired from serving as the Director of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Gatton Academy was named the #1 high school in the United States for the last two years Dr. Gott led the school by NEWSWEEK magazine. Dr. Gott is also the President of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science & Technology.
Dr. Gott’s career includes serving as an Elementary School Principal in Elizabethtown Independent Schools in Elizabethtown, Kentucky; a Highly Skilled Educator for the Kentucky Department of Education, a District Resource Math teacher in Hardin County Schools, a High School Guidance Counselor, and High School Math teacher.
Dr Gott has earned an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the Department of Education Leadership, Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.; Masters of Arts, Counseling Education, Western Kentucky University with a specialization inHigh School Counseling; and a Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Western Kentucky University. He also has a Principal and Superintendent certificate.

Melissa McCants – Assistant Principal

melissa.mccants@palmettoscholarsacademy.org

Education:
College of Charleston, BA, History
Columbia University, MAT, Teaching Social Studies
University of South Carolina, M.Ed., Educational Administration
Certifications/Endorsements:
Highly Qualified and Certified in Social Studies Grades 6-12
Gifted and Talented Endorsement

Melissa McCants was the first teacher hired at PSA and was selected as the very first PSA Teacher of the Year. She has been at PSA since 2010 and has served in an administrative capacity since 2012. Mrs. McCants thoroughly enjoys her role because it allows her to help nurture the social and emotional needs of all of PSA’s students and gives her the opportunity to help with the academic advising of PSA’s high school students. When Ms. McCants is not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her son Ben, running, eating her way around Charleston, and traveling. Her adventures prior to having her son include Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Costa Rica.

Sean Connor – Guidance and Counseling

sean.connor@palmettoscholarsacademy.org

Education:
College of Saint Rose: B.A., Elementary Education
The Citadel: M.A., School Counseling

Mr. Connor is originally from Albany, New York. He moved to Charleston in 2005 to help open a restaurant in downtown Charleston. From 2011-2015, he served as a school counselor at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina. During his time at Ashley Ridge, he was the counselor for 9th and 10th grade students and oversaw the Early College Program.
He lives in West Ashley with his wife Cassie and their two children, Sammy and Amelia. During their free time, they like to go to farmers markets, visit local parks and attractions and spend time together as a family. He is excited to be here at PSA and looks forward to getting his students prepared for their next steps.

Megan Cannon – Counselor

megan.cannon@palmettoscholarsacademy.org

Education:
Western Carolina University, BA in Communications
The Citadel, M.A., School Counseling

Mrs. Cannon comes to PSA after 5 years at Wando High School, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. While at Wando, she worked with 10-12th grade students and specialized in college and career planning. Mrs. Cannon also served as the JV tennis and soccer coach.
Ms. Cannon lives in Park Circle with her husband Chip and toddler, Rhame. They enjoy spending time outdoors, especially the beach, and exercising their way through town. Ms. Cannon is proud to be a Phoenix and excited to help build the School Counseling Department.