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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. Generally, students are identified as GEAR UP during their 7th grade year and exposed to GEAR UP activities that continue through high school.

There are 21 high schools and the UNR Dean’s Future Scholars, or approximately 5,500 students, currently included in Nevada State GEAR UP programming. School selection is based on a federally free or reduced lunch rate of 50% or higher.

Our most recent Evaluation Report is available for download here: Nevada GEAR UP Evaluation Report 2016-17 FINAL

View the 2018-19 school and higher education GEAR UP abstracts here: High Schools and Higher Education Abstracts

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. Academic Preparation: Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education
  2. Graduation and College: Increase high school graduation rate and participation in postsecondary education
  3. Knowledge: Increase student and parent/family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
  4. College-Going Culture: Create a college-going culture in GEAR UP middle schools to ensure all students have the opportunity, support, guidance, and information to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to apply for and succeed in postsecondary education

GOVERNOR SANDOVAL’S GEAR UP VISION

  1. Change to culture of targeted schools to ensure students are academically prepared and have the resources to attend and succeed in college.
  2. Increase NSHE involvement in GEAR UP schools to create a smooth transition from secondary to postsecondary for attendance and success.

GET TO KNOW THE TEAM

Alex Porter

Great Basin College (GBC) GEAR UP Ambassador
Email: alex.porter@gbcnv.edu
Hometown: Eureka, NV
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Mari Jimenez-Ortiz

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) GEAR UP Ambassador
Email: mjimenezortiz@tmcc.edu
Hometown: Bishop, CA
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Andrea Saavedra

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) GEAR UP Ambassador
Email: andreasaavedra@unr.edu
Hometown: 
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Tawnie Wentz

Western Nevada College (WNC) GEAR UP Ambassador
Email: tawnie.wentz@wnc.edu
Hometown: Minden, NV
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Sean Tory

College of Southern Nevada (CSN) GEAR UP Ambassador
Email: sean.tory@csn.edu
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
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Nick Mathews

Nevada State College (NSC) GEAR UP Ambassador
Email: nicholas.mathews@nsc.edu
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
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Laura Hermann

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) GEAR UP Ambassador
Email: laura.hermann@unlv.edu
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
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Clark County

Joanie Mares

SPIF at Chaparral High School 
Email: maresj@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
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Terri Shuman

SPIF at Las Vegas High School
Email: shumatl@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Miami, FL
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Sonza Davis

SPIF at Southeast Career & Technical Academy (SECTA) and East Career & Technical Academy (ECTA)
Email: davissm2@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Chicago, IL
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Barbara Bonilla

SPIF at Del Sol High School and Desert Pines High School 
Email: bonilb@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Illinois
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Tonia Rollins

SPIF at Las Vegas High School
Email: rollitl1@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
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Vacant

SPIF at Chaparral High School 
Email: @nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: 
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Elko County

Michelle Koch

SPIF at Jackpot Combined School
Email: skoch@ecsdnv.net
Hometown: Jackpot, NV
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Renata Speir

SPIF at Wells Combined School
Email: rspeir@ecsdnv.net
Hometown: Warsaw, Poland
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Humboldt County

Louisa Simmons

SPIF at McDermitt Combined School
Email: lsimmons@hcsdnv.com
Hometown: Idaho
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Lyon County

Shannon Thompson

SPIF for Yerington High School
Email: shannonthompson@lyoncsd.org
Hometown: Yerington, NV
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Catherine Carmack

SPIF for Silver Stage High School 
Email: ccarmack@lyoncsd.org
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
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Mineral County

Meshanna Huntley

SPIF at Mineral County High School
Email: huntleym@mineral.k12.nv.us
Hometown: Tonopah, NV
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Nye County

Crystal Williams

SPIF at Beatty High School
Email: cwilliams@nye.k12.nv.us
Hometown: Amargosa Valley, NV
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Lisa Hamrick

SPIF at Pahrump Valley High School
Email: lhamrick@nyeschools.org
Hometown: Pahrump, NV
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Vacant

SPIF at Tonopah High School
Email: @nye.k12.nv.us
Hometown: 
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Pershing County

Lisa Pontius

SPIF at Pershing County High School
Email: lpontius@pershing.k12.nv.us
Hometown: Lovelock, NV
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Washoe County

Jill Fontana

SPIF, Dean’s Future Scholars
Email: jillm@unr.edu
Hometown: Reno, NV
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Samuel Rosales

SPIF Assistant, Dean’s Future Scholars
Email: samuelrosales@unr.edu
Hometown: Reno, NV
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Jovana Figueroa

SPIF at Hug High School
Email: JFigueroa@washoeschools.net
Hometown: Reno, NV
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Emily Moyer

SPIF at Wooster High School
Email: Emily.Moyer@washoeschools.net
Hometown: Washoe Valley, NV
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Sione Lavaka

SPIF, Dean’s Future Scholars
Email: slavaka@tmcc.edu
Hometown: Pittsburg, CA
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Christine Ortegon

SPIF at Hug High School
Email: COrtegon@washoeschools.net
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
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Becky Nightingale

SPIF at Wooster High School
Email: rnightingale@washoeschools.net
Hometown: Reno, NV
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Tammy Bolen

Director
Email: tbolen@dov.nv.gov
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
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Nate Mackinnon

NSHE Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges
Email: nmackinnon@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
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Gabriela Verdin

GEAR UP Communications Specialist
Email: gverdin@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
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Karen Pugh

GEAR UP Research Specialist
Email: kpugh@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Redding, CA 
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Lori Botelho

Assistant Director
Email: lbotelho@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Minden, NV
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Daniel Villanueva

GEAR UP Ambassador Coordinator
Email: dvillanueva@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Glendora, CA
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Scarlett Spangler

GEAR UP Program Officer
Email: gearup@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Fremont, CA
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