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.

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