For the Mountain Advocate
The Gear Up! Promise Zone Program is just getting started with the hiring of Amy Collins as an Academic Specialist. She will be working primarily with targeted 6th and 7th graders on math and English/language arts.
(Carnes) Collins is a ’97 BHS graduate, graduated from Union College 2001, and has been teaching math and language arts in the Knox County School System for the past 12 years. Other staff will be hired at a later date to implement a program to visit colleges.
The mission of the Gear Up! Program is to prepare our students better for transitioning to college upon high school graduation. The three major goals are (1) to improve academic performance (2) to increase High School Graduation Rate and College Attendance, and (3) to increase “college knowledge” for students and family.