The GEAR UP Alabama program is divided into six regions covering central and south Alabama. Click the items below to see the regional coordinator and school inforamtion for each region.

+ Region 1

Region 1

LaNora ReddixEmziah

LaNora Reddix Emziah, Ed.S.

Region 1 Coordinator
Email LaNora Reddix Emziah

LaNora Reddix Emziah is the Regional Coordinator for GEAR-UP Alabama. Ms. Emziah is a retired educational administrator from the Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Georgia. LaNora is a graduate of Spelman College where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Georgia State University where she received a Masters of Education and an Educational Specialist degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she was certified at the sixth year level in Educational Administration at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Professionally, she has been employed as a teacher, school psychologist and administrator. LaNora Emziah is active in her community, has served as on the Girl Scout Council and as a troop leader. She is a Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. LaNora resides in Columbus, Georgia and has one daughter, Pamela and three grandchildren.

Barbour County High School

Site Facilitator: Maxine Anderson
Facilitator Email: maxine2nice@gmail.com
School District: Barbour County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Matthew Alexander
Cohort: 2020

Booker T. Washington High School

Site Facilitator: Dorothy E. Hooks
Facilitator Email: hooksde@maconk12.org
School District: Macon County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Jacqueline Brooks
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Bullock County High School

Site Facilitator: Eloise Thornton
Facilitator Email: eandecreations@hotmail.com
School District: Bullock County School District
Superintendent: Annie Kimber
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Central High Freshman Academy

Site Facilitator: Vicki H. Borders
Facilitator Email: vickiborders3@gmail.com
School District: Phenix City School District
Superintendent: Randy Wilkes
Cohort: 2021

Goshen High School

Site Facilitator: Elizabeth Sigers
Facilitator Email: esigers@troycable.net
School District: Pike County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Samuel Bazzell
Cohort: 2020

Notasulga High School

Site Facilitator: Dorothy E. Hooks
Facilitator Email: hooksde@maconk12.org
School District: Macon County School District
Superintendent: Jacqueline Brooks
Cohort: 2020

Pike County High School

Site Facilitator: Palma Shay Stringer
Facilitator Email: pstringer@pikecountyschools.com
School District: Pike County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Samuel Bazzell
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Russell County High School

Site Facilitator: Marcia Johnson
Facilitator Email: marciajohnso@gmail.com
School District: Russell County School District
Superintendent: Brenda Coley
Cohort: 2020

+ Region 2

Region 2

Prentiss Coleman

Dr. Prentiss Coleman

Region 2 Coordinator
Email Dr. Prentiss Coleman

Dr. Prentiss Coleman is the Region 2 Coordinator for GEAR UP Alabama. Ms. Coleman is a wife and mother of 2. She has worked in the field of education for 20 years throughout the state of Alabama and likes to consider herself a diverse, experienced and continual learner in education. Prentiss completed her Bachelor's, Master's and Education Specialists degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She went on to complete her doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. Prentiss has spent time as a school administrator in four districts in all levels K-12 in Alabama. Additionally, she has also worked as an Adult Education Instructor, Career and Technical Education Supervisor and currently instructs doctorate students in education administration. She is active in the community and has taken special interest in Generational Poverty and works on a special interest committee in the Junior League to help bring awareness and education on this topic. Prentiss finds the mission of the GEARUP Program to be exceptional, comprehensive and well-constructed. She feels it would be an honor to serve in such a program and help to give back to the southern Black Belt from which she hails.

Claudia Williams

Dr. Claudia J. Williams

Region 2 Coordinator
Email Dr. Claudia J. Willaims

Dr. Claudia J. Williams is a graduate of Miles College where she earned a BA degree in English and history education. She is also a graduate of UAB and The University of Alabama where she earned Masters and EdS degrees in English Education and instructional leadership as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has served as a teacher, middle and high school principal, Area Superintendent, and Chief Academic Officer for Birmingham City Schools. Since retirement in 2011, she has served as School District Liaison and adjunct professor at UAB.

Booker T. Washington Magnet School

Site Facilitators: Cynthia L. Rankins & Pamela G. Cloud
Facilitator Emails: becynthiarankins714@yahoo.com & pamelacloud55@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Brewbaker Technical High School

Site Facilitators: Cynthia L. Rankins & Pamela G. Cloud
Facilitator Emails: becynthiarankins714@yahoo.com & pamelacloud55@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Carver High School

Site Facilitators: Ethel Chapman & Carolyn Williams
Facilitator Emails: ethel.chapman@mps.k12.al.us & carwilliams5454@yahoo.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Jefferson Davis High School

Site Facilitators: Larry Turner & Telma O'Neal
Facilitator Emails: mturnerw@att.net & telmaoneal@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Lanier High School

Site Facilitators: Linda Boyd & Timothy O'Neal
Facilitator Emails: boydellin609@wowway.com & onealt216@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Lee High School

Site Facilitators: Airy Thomas & Libby Norris
Facilitator Emails: adeanthomad@charter.net & Ebn513@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP)

Site Facilitators: Cynthia L. Rankins & Pamela Cloud
Facilitator Emails: becynthiarankins714@yahoo.com & pamela.cloud55@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Park Crossing High School

Site Facilitators: Jennifer Rogers & Doris Lee
Facilitator Emails: jbrogers@mac.com & leedoris824@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Cohort: 2020; 2021

+ Region 3

Region 3

Cathey Hendricks.

Cathey Hendricks, M.Ed.

Region 3 Coordinator
Email Cathey Hendricks
Cathey H. Hendricks is a retired educator of the Montgomery Public School System, Montgomery, AL. She has a certification in Administration from Troy State at Montgomery, a Master's degree in Guidance & Counseling and Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State University. She has also studied at Auburn University at Montgomery. Before retiring, Mrs. Hendricks worked in the field of education for 40 years. During that time, she served as a principal and assistant principal at an Arts & Magnet School as well as Traditional. She was a classroom teacher in Macon and Montgomery County, and and early childhood teacher in Heflin (Cleburne), AL. Mrs. Hendricks takes an active part in her community and is affiliated with many organizations. She is a member of The Lilly Baptist Church and Montgomery (AL) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated where she has served as an officer and chaired many committees. She resides in Montgomery, AL and is married to Irvin Hendricks. Together they have two sons, one daughter and one granddaughter.

Central High School

Site Facilitator: Laura Adams
Facilitator Email: ladams71@bellsouth.net
School District: Lowdnes County School District
Superintendent: Daniel Boyd
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Dallas County High School

Site Facilitator: Jennifer N. Rogers
Facilitator Email: jenniferrogers40@gmail.com
School District: Dallas County School District
Superintendent: Mrs. Hattie Shelton
Cohort: 2020

Georgiana School

Site Facilitator: Karen Moran
Facilitator Email: klwmoran@gmail.com
School District: Butler County School District
Superintendent: Dr. John Strycker
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Greenville High School

Site Facilitator: Renee Goss
Facilitator Email: reneegoss62@hughes.net
School District: Butler County School District
Superintendent: Dr. John Strycker
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Keith Middle/High School

Site Facilitator: Jennifer Rogers
Facilitator Email: jenniferrogers40@gmail.com
School District: Dallas County School District
Superintendent: Mrs. Hattie Shelton
Cohort: 2020; 2021

McKenzie School

Site Facilitator: Karen Moran
Facilitator Email: klwmoran@gmail.com
School District: Butler County School District
Superintendent: Dr. John Strycker
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Selma High School

Site Facilitator: Louretta Wimberly
Facilitator Email: lcwimberly@bellsouth.net
School District: Selma City School District
Superintendent: Mr. Arthur Capers (Interim)
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Southside High School

Site Facilitator: Mary Cofield
Facilitator Email: marycofield1@gmail.com
School District: Dallas County School District
Superintendent: Mrs. Hattie Shelton
Cohort: 2020; 2021

The Calhoun School

Site Facilitator: Curley Sankey
Facilitator Email: 5678ann@att.net
School District: Lowndes County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Daniel Boyd
Cohort: 2020; 2021

+ Region 4

Valarie Crawford

Valerie Crawford, M.Ed.

Region 4 Coordinator
Email Valerie Crawford

Valerie Samuel Crawford is the Region 4 Coordinator for GEAR UP Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Alabama State University and a Master of Education Degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. Valerie has over 25 years of experience in Higher Education where she served as Admissions Counselor, Assistant Director of Enrollment Services, Associate Director of Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions and Processing. In 2013, Valerie retired from Auburn University at Montgomery. She also worked at Auburn University main campus before coming to AUM. Valerie is very elated to be a part of the GEAR UP Alabama Grant Program. She loves working and helping students. She resides in Montgomery, Alabama.

Amelia Johnson High

Site Facilitator: Wanda Smith
Facilitator Email: kbsmith36782@yahoo.com
School District: Marengo County School District
Superintendent: Luther Hallmark
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Choctaw County High

Site Facilitator: Louise A. Hackworth
Facilitator Email: wjameshack@yahoo.com
School District: Choctaw County School System
Superintendent: Mrs. Dorothy Banks
Cohort: 2020

Demopolis High

Site Facilitator: Andrea Turberville
Facilitator Email: turbervilles@bellsouth.net
School District: Demopolis City School District
Superintendent: Kyle Kallhoff
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Linden City High

Site Facilitator: Joe Johnson
Facilitator Email: jtjohnson400@gmail.com
School District: Linden City School District
Superintendent: Dr. Timothy Thurman
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Marengo High

Site Facilitator: Wanda Smith
Facilitator Email: kbsmith36782@yahoo.com
School District: Marengo County School District
Superintendent: Luther Hallmark
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Southern Choctaw County High

Site Facilitator: Louise A. Hackworth
Facilitator Email: wjameshack@yahoo.com
School District: Choctaw County School System
Superintendent: Mrs. Dorothy Banks
Cohort: 2020

Sumter Central High

Site Facilitator: Joe Johnson
Facilitator Email: jtjohnson400@gmail.com
School District: Sumter County School System
Superintendent: Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Sweet Water High

Site Facilitator: Wanda Smith
Facilitator Email: kbsmith36782@yahoo.com
School District: Marengo County School District
Superintendent: Luther Hallmark
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Wilcox Central High

Site Facilitator: Laurthea Cochran-McConnico
Facilitator Email: cochranlauretha@yahoo.com
School District: Wilcox County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Andrè Saulsberry
Cohort: 2020; 2021

+ Region 5

Region 5

Lynne Marine.

Lynne Marine, M.Ed.

Region 5 Coordinator
Email Lynne Marine

Lynne Marine is the Region 5 Coordinator for GEAR UP Alabama. Her entire 34-year career in education has been spent in the Black Belt Region of Alabama. Lynne received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education degrees from the University of West Alabama. Professionally, she has served as a classroom teacher and Literacy Coach, as well as a Site Facilitator for GEAR UP Alabama working with Gordo High School and Pickens County High School. In addition, she has written numerous grants benefitting the students of the Black Belt. These grants include a Beaumont Foundation Grant and multiple grants in the arts, which enable underprivileged students access and equity through standards-based lessons in arts education. She is honored to be a part of GEAR UP Alabama, and believes deeply in its mission and purpose.

Aliceville High School

Site Facilitator: Wynelia Cherry
Facilitator Email: wyneliacherry@yahoo.com
School District: Pickens County School District
Superintendent: Jamie Chapman
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Francis Marion

Site Facilitator: Evelyn Williams
Facilitator Email: eswilliams51@yahoo.com
School District: Perry County School District
Superintendent: John Heard
Cohort: 2020

Gordo High School

Site Facilitator: Chrystal W. Newman
Facilitator Email: cnewman@eastms.edu
School District: Pickens County School District
Superintendent: Jamie Chapman
Cohort: 2020

Greene County High School

Site Facilitator: Marva Jo Smith
Facilitator Email: marvajo4@aol.com
School District: Greene County School District
Superintendent: Dr. James H. Carter Sr.
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Greensboro High School

Site Facilitator: Evelyn Chambers
Facilitator Email: echambers@halek12.org
School District: Hale County School District
Superintendent: Ossie Pickens
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Hale County High School

Site Facilitator: Janice Filer
Facilitator Email: jfiler@sheltonstate.edu
School District: Hale County School District
Superintendent: Ossie Pickens
Cohort: 2020; 2021

Pickens County High School

Site Facilitator: Chrystal W. Newman
Facilitator Email: cnewman@eastms.edu
School District: Pickens County School District
Superintendent: Jamie Chapman
Cohort: 2020

Robert C. Hatch High School

Site Facilitator: Evelyn Williams
Facilitator Email: eswilliams51@yahoo.com
School District: Perry County School District
Superintendent: John Heard
Cohort: 2020