GEAR UP's First Faculty Fellow, Mrs. Young-Weatherspoon from Hearne High School

January 12, 2023

 (Pictured left to right) GEAR UP Director - Dr. Marcia Montague, Mrs. Young-Weatherspoon and GEAR UP Site Manager - Erik Dorbecker Garcia
(Pictured left to right) GEAR UP Director - Dr. Marcia Montague, Mrs. Young-Weatherspoon and GEAR UP Site Manager - Erik Dorbecker Garcia

The Heart of Texas GEAR UP program is a grant project funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of this project is to support and empower the Class of 2026 to fulfill their potential in order to achieve post high school success.

The Heart of Texas GEAR UP is partnered with Bryan and Hearne ISDs to serve students in the class of 2026.

Mrs. Young-Weatherspoon is GEAR UP's first Faculty Fellow. She is partnering with GEAR UP to provide tutoring, college visits, and goal setting activities for her students.

TEXAS GEAR UP HAS THREE MAIN GOALS:

  • Increase the academic performance and college readiness of students
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment for students
  • Increase students’ and families’ knowledge of college options, preparation, and financing

HOW DOES IT HELP?
Focusing on communities with low college-going rates, Texas GEAR UP grants serve the same students from 7th-12th grade, following a single cohort to build college readiness and awareness through early intervention. The same advisors work with Texas GEAR UP students throughout the life of the grants, providing years of personalized support.

Each Texas GEAR UP grant offers unique programs and services tailored to the needs of its own community—often including academic planning, mentoring, counseling, tutoring, financial aid information, college application support, and family engagement. All Texas GEAR UP efforts focus on sustainability, which allows them to also help future classes of students after the GEAR UP cohort has moved on, leading to long-term changes at campus and district levels.

For More Information About Heart of Texas GEAR UP
https://gearup.tamu.edu/