District Partner Staff

GEAR UP District Partners

The Appalachian GEAR UP Partnership grant serves approximately 15,000 students from 11 school districts in the following Western North Carolina counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Clay, Graham, Madison, Rutherford, Swain, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey. Appalachian GEAR UP strives to create capacity in the districts that changes mindsets around college access and college goingness in a sustainable way. The goal is that the impact of Appalachian GEAR UP will be felt in the districts even after the grant has ended. 

*Elementary and Middle Schools served 2014-2019


Alleghany County Schools

Ashe County Schools

Burke County Schools

  • Kim Logan
  • Mandie Zarbano
    • Table Rock Middle
    • Liberty Middle
    • Walter Johnson
    • Freedom High
    • Patton High
    • Office: 828-244-9481
    • Cell: 828-310-0713
    • mzarbano@burke.k12.nc.us

Clay County Schools

Graham County Schools

Madison County Schools

Rutherford County Schools

Swain County Schools

  • Kevin Allman
  • Work: 828-488-3480 ext 5339 or 828-488-2152 ext 5233
  • Cell: 828-736-1308
  • kallman@swainmail.org

Watauga County Schools

Wilkes County Schools

Yancey County Schools