College of Sciences Dean is a “Mystery Reader”

Paul Goldbart reads aloud to elementary students.

Summer is a great time to read for fun. At the Horizons at Georgia Tech program, students get the special treat of someone—a “Mystery Reader”—reading aloud to them. By hearing someone read with expression, they experience the joy of books in an entirely different way.

On June 22, 2016, College of Sciences Dean Paul M. Goldbart read to a rising fourth-grade class. Goldbart said he loved reading to “an inquisitive, smart, funny, engaged group.” After apologizing for his pronunciation of the U.S. President’s name – “It just doesn’t sound right with a British accent," he said – he shared with them Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, by Barack Obama.

Horizons at Georgia Tech is a summer learning program for students of  Centennial Academy and Charles R. Drew Charter School. Many students in these two Atlanta public schools come from low-income families. Horizons at Georgia Tech offers these students academic, cultural, and recreational experiences during the summer.

The program is held at Georgia Tech and is facilitated by Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC), a unit of the College of Sciences.

Inviting “Mystery Readers” is one of Horizons’ signature activities. In addition to Goldbart, other readers this summer included Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson and CEISMIC Executive Director Lizanne DeStefano.

Goldbart said he was pleased with the book the Horizons team chose “because of its moving connections to Atlanta, to science, and much, much more. He added: “I very much appreciate the invitation from Horizons team, and I continue to be impressed and inspired by the outstanding impact they have on so many young Atlantans.”


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