Bio: Morgan graduated from Howard University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in sports medicine. During her tenure at Howard, Morgan was President of the Students Advocating for Youth organization creating awareness for homeless youth in D.C. She was also Head of the Planning to Achieve College Excellence program for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Morgan strongly believes in the inclusion of all students regarding post-secondary education. She is excited to aid these students to be successful in their collegiate career and their future endeavors. For fun Morgan enjoys coaching for her club volleyball team and serving her community!
Favorite Quote: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Bio: Jairon Castellanso-Boteo is a first-generation college graduate, TRiO Scholar and First in the Pack Alum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social work from the University of Nevada, Reno. Jairon obtained his Masters in Social work from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020. He also recently graduated in 2021 with an associates in Theology.He is from Guatemala and grew up in Reno Nevada.. He loves Japanese food and their culture. When Jairon is not at work you can either find him at the gym, riding his motorcycle, Working on his car, or playing with his German shepherd BEAR. He is excited to be part of the GEAR UP team and hopes to help students receive a fun and enriching experience while achieving their goals.
Favorite Quote: “If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Instead have the courage to change it the way you want it to be.” – Naruto Uzumaki
Great Basin College (GBC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Bio: Akyra joins GEAR UP after working many years of administrative experience working for state run institutions. As a teenager Akyra worked at the College of Southern Nevada and would continue her work there until she graduated from UNLV in 2018. During her undergraduate career she took part in various social organizations and became a proud member of the illustrious organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, where she chaired and supported community service events catering to mental health awareness, homelessness, and varying charitable causes within the Las Vegas community. She graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies. Akyra is a big proponent of postsecondary education, and looks forward to helping expose students to different educational and career paths after high school. Akyra is very social, and likes to spend her free time with friends and family, trying new foods, and traveling to new places.
Favorite Quote: “…for I am fearfully and wonderfully made….” Psalm 139:14
Nevada State University (NSU) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Bio: Tricia was raised in the Midwest and attended Indiana University where she received a Bachelor's in Secondary Education/Political Science. She went on to receive her Master's in Secondary Education and Administration from Grace College in Winona Lake Indiana. Her 30 years experience in secondary education, various community service projects and coaching will assist the GEAR UP Program and the GBC students of Pahrump. She enjoys traveling and running her horse rescue ranch with her husband, Bob.
Favorite Quote: “What You Dare to Dream; Dare to Do!”
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Bio: : Kat was born in Inglewood, CA and moved to Las Vegas, NV for highschool. After graduating from high school, she earned her Associate's Degree in Communication studies at CSN and then transferred to UNLV to complete her Bachelor's in the same field. Kat is also a recent graduate of the UNLV Masters of Public Administration program. As a first-generation Latina student, Kat is excited to work with the GEAR UP team and help others begin their higher education journey. In her free time Kat enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and trying new restaurants.
Favorite Quote:"Life's a garden, dig it" - Joe Dirt
Western Nevada College (WNC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Bio: I am honored to be the new GEAR UP Ambassador for Western Nevada College. My passion for education began during my studies at the University of Nevada, Reno where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. During my senior year of college, I had the opportunity to participate in a work-based practicum at Western Nevada College where I assisted in Student Outreach. This is where I found my love of education and helping students reach their potential. I taught Pre-Kindergarten in Truckee, CA. before joining the GEAR Up team. I believe education is an important part of our lives from early childhood on and we never stop learning. In my free time, you can find me on the golf course or playing with my two crazy dogs!
Favorite Quote: “It Doesn’t Matter Where You Came From. All That Matters Is Where You Are Going.”- Brian Tracy
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Bio: Kinsey started her education at Glendale Community College where she grew in her desire to complete her degree at a Division 1 university. She received a volleyball and track scholarship to attend the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She decided to further her education to qualify for positions in Higher Education. After completing her Masters in Educational Leadership, her hope has been to assist students in their collegiate journey to achieve the career that fits their calling in life. Kinsey has worked on campus at UNR in the Office of Student Conduct, New Student Initiatives, and now as a First Year College Advisor. Kinsey is also still fulfilling her love for volleyball by coaching at a high school in Clark County School District.
Favorite Quote: “Living in the moment, it's a gift. That's why they call it the present." - Ted Lasso
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#GEARUPWeek at Hug High School. They invited several businesses to participate in talking to students in regards of their profession. Monday was Military/Law Enforcement Day. Tuesday was Business Day. Wednesday was Medical/Science Day. Today is Trade/Hospitality Day, and tomorrow they [ ]
NSC Institutional Interview - Nevada GEAR UP This video is about Nevada State College (NSC) from the lens of a former Nevada GEAR UP First Year College Advisor. To learn more about NSC, you can visit …