Lydia H. Gibb

Academy Dean

Lydia H. Gibb is Dean of Talcott Mountain Academy of Science, Mathematics and Technology. As Dean of the Talcott Mountain Academy, a school for intellectually excited students in Grades K through 8, Lydia is responsible for curriculum development, faculty training and evaluation, student enrollment and advising.


Lydia holds an MA from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology, Gifted Education.  She has extensive coursework in Educational Administration taken at the University of Hartford, and has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.


In addition to serving as Co-Director of Project Parity, A Model Program for encouraging girls in science funded by the National Science Foundation, Lydia has conducted teacher training in gender issues and hands-on science.  She also conducted hands-on science lessons for the students involved in this project. Prior to this, she co-directed Action Science a hands-on program for girls and their parents.


Lydia served as Co-Director of Project PROMMISE, Providing Role Model Minorities In Science Education, a National Science Foundation-funded program featuring minority and female scientists as role models.  She was co-host of the PROMMISE satellite television programs and, in addition to her other duties, was responsible for developing curriculum packages for the Talcott Mountain Science Center’s SciStar programs, a live interactive satellite television broadcast of renowned science experts for students and teachers beamed directly to their classrooms.


Lydia was named an Academy Fellow of the Connecticut Academy for Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology in 1995. She served as a Globe Scientist for the University Center for Atmospheric Research in environmental science also encompassing meteorology and soil science as well. Lydia has presented at the New England Conference for the Gifted and Talented on various topics including science for gifted students, thematic integration across the curriculum and gifted girls in science. 


She has written several published articles, including “Encouraging Gifted Girls in Science” in the Journal for Education of the Gifted, and “Encouraging Girls in Science and Math” in CONNECT Magazine.  Lydia has also has conducted workshops at three conferences of the National Science Teachers Association on encouraging Girls In Science and Providing Role Model Minorities (and Women) In Science Education. She has conducted CEU courses and workshops on Encouraging Girls In Science for the Connecticut Institute for Teaching and Learning, Hartford Public Schools and North Adams State College, North Adams, MA.