ABOUT US

WHAT IS NEVADA STATE GEAR UP?

Nevada State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant that is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. School selection is based on a federally free or reduced lunch rate of 50% or higher. Generally, students are identified as GEAR UP during their 7th grade year and exposed to GEAR UP activities that continue through high school and their first year of college at a Nevada System of Higher Education institution. At its height, the Nevada State GEAR UP grant supported 21 high schools, a robotics program, a longitudinal study, and the UNR Dean’s Future Scholars (DFS) program. This translated into approximately 5,500 students included in Nevada State GEAR UP programming.

View the 2020-2021 Abstracts for GEAR UP Schools and higher education: High Schools and Higher Education Abstracts

View the NDE school abstracts through Nevada Report Card here: Nevada Accountability Portal

STATE OR PARTNERSHIP GRANT

There are two types of GEAR UP grants, a state grant and a partnership grant. The state grant typically has a scholarship component and partnership grant does not. For the current Nevada State GEAR UP grant, Nevada received a waiver to the scholarship component. Although, this state grant will not have a federally funded scholarship component, a project objective is to identify scholarship sponsors throughout the duration of the grant.

Our project, Nevada State GEAR UP, which is highlighted throughout this website, is classified as a state grant. For more information about partnership GEAR UP grants in Nevada, please visit UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach (CAEO).

NEVADA STATE GEAR UP GOALS

  1. GOAL 1: Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for Nevada GEAR UP students. 
    • Objective 1.1 Increase student academic performance in mathematics.
    • Objective 1.2: Increase high school graduation rates for Nevada GEAR UP students.
  2. GOAL 2: Increase the number of Nevada GEAR UP students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
    • Objective 2.1: Increase postsecondary enrollment rates for Nevada GEAR UP students.
  3. GOAL 3: Increase Nevada GEAR UP students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
    • Objective 3.1: Increase student’s expectations and knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
    • Objective 3.2: Increase parent’s expectations and knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.

GET TO KNOW THE TEAM

GearUp ambassador Morgan Haynes

Morgan Haynes

College of Southern Nevada (CSN) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: morgan.haynes@csn.edu
School website: https://www.csn.edu/
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
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Tanya Smith

Tanya Smith

Nevada State College (NSC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: tanya.smith@nsc.edu
School website: https://nsc.edu/current-students/gear-up-program/
Hometown: San Diego, CA
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Andrea Saavedra-Nieto

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: andreasaavedra@unr.edu
School website: https://www.unr.edu/gear-up
Hometown: Nevada
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Tawnie D’Angelo

Western Nevada College (WNC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: tawnie.wentz@wnc.edu
School website: https://www.wnc.edu/high-school-programs/gear-up-nevada/
Hometown: Minden, Nevada
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Madison Masching

Great Basin College (GBC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor 
Email: madison.masching@gbcnv.edu
School website: https://www.gbcnv.edu/recruitment/gearup.html
Hometown: Dayton, NV
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Katherine Burdick

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: katherine.burdick@unlv.edu
School website: https://www.unlv.edu/
Hometown: Inglewood, CA
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Jairon Castellanos-Boteo

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: jcastellanosboteo@tmcc.edu
School website: https://www.tmcc.edu/recruitment-access-center/gear-up
Hometown: San José Acatempa, Guatemala
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Dean’s Future Scholars
UNR + Washoe County School District

Jill Fontana

GEAR UP Specialist
Email: jillm@unr.edu
Hometown: Reno, NV
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GEAR UP ASPIRE Scholars Program

Nicole Stella

Director, GEAR UP ASPIRE Scholars Program
Email: nicole.stella@unlv.edu
Hometown: Monrovia, California
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Clark County

Danielle Ford

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Bonanza High School & Walter Johnson Junior High School 
Email: anthodj@nv.ccsd.net
Website: click here
Hometown: Monaca, Pennsylvania
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Amanda Tapia

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Bonanza High School & Kenny Guinn Middle School
Email: kohleam@nv.ccsd.net
Website: click here
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
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Alane McQueeney

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Bonanza High School & Hyde Park Middle School
Email: mcquea@nv.ccsd.net
Website: click here
Hometown: San Jose, California
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Shannon Smith

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Clark High School
Email: smithsl@nv.ccsd.net
Website: click here
Hometown: Whitefish, Montana
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Donovan Stewart

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Durango High School
Email: stewada1@nv.ccsd.net
Website: click here
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
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Nye County

Jennifer Hagstrom

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Pahrump Valley High School
Email: jhagstrom@nyeschools.org
School website: click here
Hometown: Cadillac, Michigan
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Yulissa Castillo

GEAR UP Facilitator – Rosemary Clarke Middle School
Email: ycastillo@nyeschools.org
School website: click here
Hometown: Pahrump, Nevada
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Destiney Duff

Nevada GEAR UP Facilitator – Pahrump Valley High School
Email: dduff@nyeschools.org
School website: click here
Hometown: Pahrump, Nevada
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Maxine Alex

GEAR UP Director
Email: maxine.alex@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Winslow, AZ
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Lori Botelho

GEAR UP Assistant Director
Email: lbotelho@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Minden, NV
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Megan Zich

GEAR UP State Program Officer
Email: meganzich@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Carson City, NV
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Karen Pugh

GEAR UP Internal Evaluator
Email: karenpugh@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Redding, CA 
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Clare Cerda

GEAR UP Administrative Assistant IV
Email: cdcerda@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Dayton, NV
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Ruth Gomez-Martinez

GEAR UP Communications Specialist
Email: rgomez-martinez@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
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Renée Davis

NSHE Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs/Director of Student Affairs
Email: rdavis@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Minden, NV
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Janet Stake

NSHE GEAR UP Director of Programming and Outreach
Email: jstake@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Towaco, NJ
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Jana Burd

GEAR UP College Coordinator
Email: jburd@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
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Amanda Annan

GEAR UP Research Administrator
Email: aannan@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Jennifer Arlet Rocha

GEAR UP Communications Specialist
Email:  jrocha@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Guanajuato, MX
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