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Walt Ecton

Doctoral Student, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Walt Ecton is a doctoral student in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

Prior to Peabody, he served in a variety of roles in both secondary and higher education.  He began his career teaching social studies and coaching tennis at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was named Principal’s Teacher of the Year.  He then served as a Policy and Engagement Fellow at the DC State Board of Education, and was Associate Director of New Business Development at the Education Advisory Board, a DC-based best-practice research and technology firm serving over 1000 college and universities.

His research interests center around student transitions from high school into postsecondary opportunities, particularly for low-income and minority students. Specifically, he is interested in college and career preparation and training, student decision-making about college and career choices, community college transition and transfer, and gifted education for high school students.