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Welcome Back GEAR UP Students!!!

All 7-12 grade students are GEAR UP students

Greetings and welcome back!

GEAR UP is a federal College and Career access grant for Penasco students in grades 7-12. This means additional help through reading and math interventions, tutoring, credit recovery, leadership and college readiness courses, college dual enrollment courses, college visits, College Application Day, FAFSA completion, College Signing Day, wildland firefighting courses, 8th grade transition, and much more! Our job is to increase opportunities and access for all students to leave high school ready for college or a rewarding career. If you have questions, suggestions, or would like to volunteer at one of our events, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are ready for another fantastic year!


The GEAR UP Team

Aaron Mitchell - Program Coordinator

Anita Baca - College and Career Readiness Counselor

Katrina Abreu-Ortiz - Literacy, Leadership, and College Success Teacher

Louisa Quintana and Victoria Cardona - Math Intervention and Credit Recovery Teachers

Dorthy Lopez-Sherman - Life University Teacher

Amanda Bissell - Data Coordinator


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