February 2019 Newsletter

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Our Next Kickoff is Just Around the Corner...

We are looking forward to our upcoming School-Based Teams Kickoff on Thursday, February 28th. It will be held at The Academy of Craft Training (AIDT) from 7:45 AM-10:45 AM. Each school will have a School-Based Team that is composed of an administrator, teacher, counselor, parent, and community volunteer. We will jump right into planning for the remainder of the year. If you haven't registered for the event and plan on attending, please click here.

School Coordinators & School Teams Kickoff

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 7:45am

3500 6th Avenue South

Birmingham, AL

Highlights from the NCCEP Conference

Members of the GU-JC team and a representative from each district attended the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) GEAR UP Capacity- Building Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and practices of GEAR UP leaders, practitioners, and partners.
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We are excited to announce our School Coordinators

Clay-Chalkville Middle School: Kimberly Peace

Erwin Middle School: Dalphne Howard

Fultondale High School: Anna Firestone

Irondale Middle School: Ardatra Johnson

Hueytown Middle School: Trinity Hare

Minor Middle School: Lateisha Rush

Pleasant Grove High School: Terence W. Fizer II

Fairfield Preparatory High School: Dalila Spratt

Rutledge Middle School: Cara Walls

Bessemer City Middle School: Sarah Murry

McAdory Middle School: Elizabeth Pitchford

Tarrant High School: Ashley Edmonds

Rudd Middle School: Paula Foster

A Special Welcome to our Financial Manager...Ms. Sharon Hardie

Sharon D. Hardie is the Financial Manager for GEAR UP Jefferson County (GU-JC). She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attended Tuscaloosa City Schools until high school graduation. She is a graduate of Kansas State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration. After working several years in Civil Service, she went on to pursue her Master’s in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. After moving to San Antonio, Texas, she began working for a local public accounting firm where she was promoted to Associate partner before leaving. In 2010, Sharon started her own consulting and accounting practice.

Sharon has a passion for education and for providing opportunities to individuals who would otherwise not be given a chance to thrive. Reflecting on her life’s accomplishments, Sharon remembers being told that she should not strive to attend college. However, today she is pursuing her PhD in Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

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About Us

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Alexiou-Ray

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Cassie Raulston, Dr. Amy Samuels, Dr. Greg Samuels, & Dr. Alvin Taylor

Project Director: Dr. Marsha Savage

Financial Manager: Sharon Hardie