Shawn Franks knows firsthand the importance of making a plan for after high school and now helps students do the same as the GEAR UP Coordinator in Umatilla.


As a recent retiree, Dee Ragsdale wasn't planning on starting a new job. But her dedication to helping students and the community led her to be the GEAR UP Coordinator at Central Curry School District.


Kay Graham, principal and director of curriculum/instruction at Lowell Junior/Senior High School, has spent her career committed to helping others expand their possibilities through education.


At Newport High School, former student, coach, counselor and now administrator, Reyna Mattson knows firsthand the importance of building relationships with students and encouraging them to meet their potential.


A dedicated counselor and long-time GEAR UP team member turned coordinator, Kirsten Wright helps students at Stanfield Secondary School plan their futures.


Patrick Lee, the superintendent and principal of Camas Valley Charter School, credits GEAR UP for helping their school become more focused and intentional in preparing students for life after high school.


As both the counselor and GEAR UP coordinator for Myrtle Point Junior/Senior High School, Jessica Nickerson makes a difference in the lives of her students.


Brent Caulley knew that GEAR UP "was something our community needed." His experience as a father and a youth minister led him to his role as GEAR UP coordinator at McKenzie High School,


Brad Kudlac, the GEAR UP coordinator and principal at Culver Middle School, knows firsthand the importance of early exposure to a college campus and the influence of teachers and parents on student outcomes.


We're thankful for the dedication of Carrie Davis, Yoncalla High School's GEAR UP coordinator, business and health teacher, and FBLA advisor extraordinaire.