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

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.

Banks School

Site Facilitator: Palma Shay Stringer
Facilitator Email: pshsystringer@troycable.net
School District: Pike County School District
Superintendent: Samuel Bazzell
Cohort: 2021

Barbour County High School

Site Facilitator: Maxine Anderson
Facilitator Email: maxine2nice@gmail.com
School District: Barbour County School District
Superintendent: David Hobdy
Cohort: 2020

Booker T. Washington High School

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

Bullock County High School

Site Facilitator: Eloise Thornton
Facilitator Email: eandecreations@hotmail.com
School District: Bullock County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Elliot Harris
Cohort: 2020

Central High Freshman Academy

Site Facilitator: Janice “Nanci” Bryan
Facilitator Email: nbryan@gmail.com
School District: Phenix City School District
Superintendent: Randy Wilkes
Cohort: 2020

Goshen High School

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

Russell County High School

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

South Girard

Site Facilitator: Janice “Nanci” Bryan
Facilitator Email: nancibryan@gmail.com
School District: Phenix City School District
Superintendent: Randy Wilkes
Cohort: 2021

South Highlands Middle School

Site Facilitator: Eloise Thorton
Facilitator Email: eandecreations@hotmail.com
School District: Bullock County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Elliot Harris
Cohort: 2021

+ 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.

Bellingrath Middle School

Site Facilitator: Laquanda Fields
Facilitator Email: laquanda.b.fields@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

Booker T. Washington Magnet School

Site Facilitator: Pamela G. Cloud
Facilitator Email: pamelacloud55@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

Brewbaker Middle School

Site Facilitator: Theresa M. Thorton
Facilitator Email: theresa.thorton@mps.k12.al.us
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

Brewbaker Technical High School

Site Facilitator: Pamela Cloud
Facilitator Email: pamelacloud55@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

Capital Heights Middle School

Site Facilitator: Telma O’Neal
Facilitator Email: telmaoneal@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

Carr Middle School

Site Facilitator: Libby Norris
Facilitator Email: ebn513@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

Carver High School

Site Facilitator: Ethel Chapman
Facilitator Email: ethel.chapman@mps.k12.al.us
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

Dunbar-Ramer School

Site Facilitator: Janice Williams
Facilitator Email: williamsjanicelo@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

George Washington Middle School

Site Facilitator: Tim O’Neal
Facilitator Email: onealt216@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

Goodwyn Middle School

Site Facilitator: Jacqueline R. Prince
Facilitator Email: jacquelinereneaprince@mps.al.us
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

Jefferson Davis High School

Site Facilitator: Deena Weston
Facilitator Email: deenaweston@mps.k12.al.us
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

LAMP High School

Site Facilitator: Cynthia L. Rankins
Facilitator Email: becynthiarankins714@yahoo.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

Lanier High School

Site Facilitator: Linda Boyd
Facilitator Email: boydellin609@wowway.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

Lee High School

Site Facilitator: Airy Thomas
Facilitator Email: adeanthomad@charter.net
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

McKee Middle School

Site Facilitator: Larry Turner
Facilitator Email: mturnerw@att.net
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

Park Crossing High School

Site Facilitator: Jennifer Rogers
Facilitator Email: jbrogers@mac.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2020

Southlawn Middle School

Site Facilitator: Doris Lee
Facilitator Email: leedoris@gmail.com
School District: Montgomery Public School District
Superintendent: Margaret Allen
Cohort: 2021

+ Region 3

Region 3

Elainie Munn

Elaine Munn

Region 3 Coordinator
Email Elaine Munn

Elaine Munn is a retired educator from Boston, Massachusetts now living in Leeds, Alabama. She has both an Associate of Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Master in Education from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before retiring, she worked in the field of education for 35 years. During that time, she was a teacher in Boston and Sudbury Massachusetts, a Clinical Counselor for a youth program, and for 24 years she was teacher and administrator for the METCO Program in Marblehead, Ma. METCO is a voluntary busing program that transports minority students from Boston to the suburbs for an education and is currently in its 48th year.

Calhoun High School

Site Facilitator: Cathey H. Hendricks
Facilitator Email: chendricks54@yahoo.com
School District: Lowdnes County School District
Superintendent: Daniel Boyd
Cohort: 2020

Central High School

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

Dallas County High School

Site Facilitator: Jennifer N. Rogers
Facilitator Email: jenniferroger40@gmail.com
School District: Dallas County School District
Superintendent: Mrs. Hattie Shelton
Cohort: 2020

Georgiana

Site Facilitator: Karen Moran
Facilitator Email: klwmoran@gmail.com
School District: Butler County School District
Superintendent: Amy Bryan
Cohort: 2020

Greenville High School

Site Facilitator: Renee Goss
Facilitator Email: reneegoss62@hughes.net
School District: Butler County School District
Superintendent: Amy Bryan
Cohort: 2020

Greenville Middle School

Site Facilitator: Renee Goss
Facilitator Email: reneegoss62@hughes.net
School District: Butler County School District
Superintendent: Amy Bryan
Cohort: 2021

Hayneville Middle School

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

Lowndes Middle School

Site Facilitator: Cathey H. Hendricks
Facilitator Email: chendricks54@yahoo.com
School District: Lowdnes County School District
Superintendent: Daniel Boyd
Cohort: 2021

McKenzie

Site Facilitator: Karen Moran
Facilitator Email: klwmoran@gmail.com
School District: Butler County School District
Superintendent: Amy Bryan
Cohort: 2020

R. B. Hudson Middle School

Site Facilitator: Darlene Randolph
Facilitator Email: darlene_rudolph@yahoo.com
School District: Selma City School District
Superintendent: Dr. Angela Mangum
Cohort: 2021

Selma High School

Site Facilitator: Louretta Wimberly
Facilitator Email: lcwimberly@bellsouth.net
School District: Selma City School District
Superintendent: Dr. Angela Mangum
Cohort: 2020

Southside High School

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

Tipton Durant Middle School

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

+ Region 4

Valarie Crawford

Valerie Crawford

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

Camden School

Site Facilitator: Laurthea Cochran-McConnico
Facilitator Email: cochranlauretha@yahoo.com
School District: Wilcox County School District
Superintendent: Dr. Andrè Saulsberry
Cohort: 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: Brooke Luker
Facilitator Email: bluker0521@gmail.com
School District: Demopolis City School District
Superintendent: Kyle Kallhoff
Cohort: 2020

Demopolis Middle

Site Facilitator: Brooke Luker
Facilitator Email: bluker0521@gmail.com
School District: Demopolis City School District
Superintendent: Kyle Kallhoff
Cohort: 2021

George P. Austin High

Site Facilitator: Wanda Smith
Facilitator Email: kbsmith36782@yahoo.com
School District: Linden City School District
Superintendent: Timothy Thurman
Cohort: 2021

Kinterbish Junior

Site Facilitator: Priscilla Foster
Facilitator Email: pfoster04@gmail.com
School District: Sumter County School System
Superintendent: Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough
Cohort: 2021

Linden City High

Site Facilitator: Wanda Smith
Facilitator Email: kbsmith36782@yahoo.com
School District: Linden City School District
Superintendent: Timothy Thurman
Cohort: 2020

Livingston Junior

Site Facilitator: Joe Johnson
Facilitator Email: jjohnson@lindencityschools.k12.al.us
School District: Sumter County School System
Superintendent: Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough
Cohort: 2021

Marengo High

Site Facilitator: Annie Robertson
Facilitator Email: robertsonannie@yahoo.com
School District: Marengo County School District
Superintendent: Luther Hallmark
Cohort: 2020

North Sumter Junior

Site Facilitator: Joe Johnson
Facilitator Email: jjohnson@lindencityschools.k12.al.us
School District: Sumter County School System
Superintendent: Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough
Cohort: 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

Sweet Water High

Site Facilitator: Annie Robertson
Facilitator Email: robertsonannie@yahoo.com
School District: Marengo County School District
Superintendent: Luther Hallmark
Cohort: 2020

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

York West End Junior

Site Facilitator: Priscilla Foster
Facilitator Email: pfoster04@gmail.com
School District: Sumter County School System
Superintendent: Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough
Cohort: 2021

+ Region 5

Region 5

Samantha Elliott Briggs

Dr. Samantha Elliott Briggs

Region 5 Coordinator
Email Dr. Samantha Elliott Briggs

Samantha Elliott Briggs has a doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership and a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Briggs has 20 years of experience in education as an urban school teacher, adjunct professor, curriculum writer, consultant, and director of non-profit education programs. Dr. Briggs currently teaches in the departments of Sociology at Samford University and Women and Gender Studies at The University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). In addition, Dr. Briggs is a consultant and curriculum specialist with her business, P.E.A.C.E. Consulting (Providing Equal Access to Children in Education). In this capacity Dr. Briggs has served as an independent external evaluator on grant-funded initiatives including an American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund grant; a 5-year program evaluation for UAB’s Center for Urban Education’s T.R.U.E. Initiative; a 6-year program evaluation of the National Education Association’s Emerging Leaders Academy; and a 5-year program evaluation of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program at the University of Denver. Dr. Briggs has authored both trade and juried publications as well as original curriculum for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Aliceville High School

Site Facilitator: Dr. Jacqueline Stennis
Facilitator Email: jstennis@eastms.edu
School District: Pickens County School District
Superintendent: John Heard
Cohort: 2020

Aliceville Middle School

Site Facilitator: Dr. Jacqueline Stennis
Facilitator Email: jstennis@eastms.edu
School District: Pickens County School District
Superintendent: John Heard
Cohort: 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: Lynne Marine
Facilitator Email: lmarine61@gmail.com
School District: Pickens County School District
Superintendent: John Heard
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

Greensboro High School

Site Facilitator: Evelyn Chambers
Facilitator Email: chambers3480@bellsouth.net
School District: Hale County School District
Superintendent: Ossie Pickens
Cohort: 2020

Greensboro Middle School

Site Facilitator: Evelyn Chambers
Facilitator Email: chambers3480@bellsouth.net
School District: Hale County School District
Superintendent: Ossie Pickens
Cohort: 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

Hale County Middle School

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

Pickens County High School

Site Facilitator: Lynne Marine
Facilitator Email: lmarine61@gmail.com
School District: Pickens County School District
Superintendent: John Heard
Cohort: 2020

Robert Brown Middle School

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

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