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Tammy Dunn - Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Tammy is a 28 year career educator. The first 17 years of her career were spent in science classrooms in Tennessee and Hoover, Alabama, teaching biology, chemistry, physics and AP biology. In 2007, she went to work as the science supervisor for Jefferson County Schools where she facilitated the curriculum, instruction, professional learning, and assessment for 6 - 12 science education in 14 high schools and their feeder middle schools. While working with Jefferson County schools, Tammy helped manage the A+ College Ready grant program, and in 2010, she became the Program Manager for A+ College Ready. In 2013, she went to serve as the Chief Academic Officer for Mathematics and Science for Hoover City Schools, and in 2016 returned to A+ College Ready as the Chief Academic Officer.

Tammy earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Alabama, a master's degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and an Education Specialist's Degree from Samford University, where she currently serves as an adjunct teacher for the School of Education.

Tammy achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 1999 and renewed the certification in 2009. She has mentored over 100 teachers who have undergone the NBPTS certification process. She currently serves on the NBPTS board of directors. She received the 2001 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and the 2003 Alabama Teacher of the Year.

Tammy and her husband Ray love to travel and play golf. The joy of her life is enjoying her family, especially her two granddaughters, Ava and Olivia.

Teri Thompson - Vice President for Operations

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Teri has spent the last 33 years involved with public education in Alabama, then retired from the classroom and began working with A+ College Ready.  Her classroom experience includes teaching high school English, grades 9-12 and AP literature and Composition in diverse educational settings from urban to rural to magnet.

Teri graduated from Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, TN, in 1979, and then attended The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She began teaching in 1984.

In 2010, Teri became a certified Laying the Foundation trainer and has presented at summer trainings across the state as well as presenting at Advanced Placement (AP) Literature Saturday Study Sessions in Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Teri joined the staff of A+ College Ready in 2014 as the manager for Partner Schools.  She is currently the Chief Program Officer for the organization.

Teri is a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Elmore County, the 2014 Wetumpka High School Teacher of the Year, the 2013-14 Building Leadership Team chairperson, and a member of ADK (Alpha Delta Kappa), an education sorority.  She and her husband, David, have one child and live in Wetumpka, AL.

Carrie Bates - Statistics Consultant

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Carrie serves as the A+ College Ready Statistics Consultant. She also teaches full time at Buckhorn High School in the Madison County School System. She has been a secondary mathematics teacher for twenty years and currently teaches AP Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, and Algebra with Finance.

Carrie and her husband, Jack Jr., live in Huntsville, Alabama with their two children, Jack (7) and Caroline (3). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College (1997) and her graduate degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (2000). In 2005, she became a National Board Certified teacher and then renewed that certification in 2014.

Melissa Crook - Executive Assistant

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Melissa has served as the executive assistant for A+ College Ready since 2015. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Master of Public Health, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her passion for the education field stems from her upbringing in a small, rural town. She graduated from Fayetteville High School in Sylacauga, AL, and is encouraged by the opportunities the A+ program offers to so many students in similar settings.

Melissa lives in Sylacauga, and has two children, daughter Madelyn, and son MJ. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and spending time outdoors.

Matt Dean - Science Content Director (AP)

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Matt has taught AP Biology for over 20 years and AP Physics for over 5, and is currently the Science Content Director for A+ College Ready. He has presented at numerous AP professional development conferences and Saturday study sessions across the state.

Matt attended Madison County High School in Gurley, AL, and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Additionally, he earned Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama. He was awarded National Board Certification in 2001 and 2011. He enjoys kayaking and farming in his spare time.

Katherine Dearing - Director of Training & Data Management

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Katherine joined A+ College Ready as the Training Manager in 2016.  Prior to joining our team, she worked in the legal profession while pursuing a long-held interest in education and completing an M.Ed from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Katherine graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Economy, and obtained a J.D. from the Birmingham School of Law. She enjoys working as part of a team to help ensure the quality of public education and, in doing so, top open the doors of opportunity for every Alabama student.

Jenifer Glover - Director of Finance

[email protected]Jenifer joined the A+ team in 2014, serving as its Finance Manager. Prior to that, she worked with Southern Company in various roles for sixteen years- the last six years as a Budget Analyst. Jenifer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and MBA from South University.Originally from Spring Hill, Florida, Jenifer now lives in Elmore County with her husband LaDon. They have four children, two of whom are currently in college, and one proudly serving in the Alabama National Guard. She enjoys reading and volunteering in her community in her spare time.

Erica Griffin - English Content Director (AP)

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An educator since 2000, Erica joined A+ College Ready in June of 2019 to serve Alabama’s teachers and their students as the English Content Director for AP. A graduate of Maryville College (B.A.), the University of North Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Ed.S.), Erica has worked as a teacher in both Tennessee and Alabama. Prior to joining A+, she worked at Hartselle High School where she was an Instructional Partner and taught AP English Language and Advanced English 10.

Through the years, Erica has presented at numerous national conferences and has worked as a consultant for both A+ College Ready and for the National Math and Science Initiative where she presented at Saturday Study Sessions and at fall conferences, served as a LTF and E3 summer trainer, and worked as a curriculum consultant. Erica is also an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Athens State University. She currently lives in Hartselle, Alabama, with her husband and two sons where she enjoys running and watching her children play sports.

Mallory Harp - Science Content Director (6-10)

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Mallory serves as the 6-10 Science Content Director for A+ College Ready. Prior to joining A+, Mallory served nine years in the classroom teaching physical science while also serving in various roles with student leadership, and as an A+ Coordinator. She began working for A+ as part of the 6th and 8th grade curriculum development teams and became a Laying the Foundation and A+ summer institute trainer. Additionally, she is an AMSTI presenter.

Mallory earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Alabama in 2008 and her Master's degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Montevallo in 2010. Originally from Trussville, she now lives in Millbrook with her husband and daughter. She enjoys time at the lake, spending time with friends and family, and cooking and baking.

Dieatra Howie - Social Studies Content Director (6-10)

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Dieatra taught World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Economics and AP U.S. History for several years and served as the Graduation Coach at Northview High School before joining the A+ team. She also served as Social Studies Instructional Coach and supported both school and district level initiatives. Additionally, she served a summer instructor for history classes for the Upward Bound Program at Troy University and as an adjunct professor for Troy University’s College of Education.

Dieatra received both her Bachelor’s Degree of Science and Master’s Degree of Science in Social Science Education from Troy University, and a Master’s Degree of Science in Instructional Leadership from Jacksonville State University. She has facilitated several professional development workshops and developed curriculum on the local, state, and national level.

Dieatra was a member of the University of Alabama Advanced Placement Team, and has been a consultant and trainer for the Alabama Department of Education with the implementation of the Social Studies Career and College Readiness Standards. She also served on the A+ College Ready Social Studies Development Team and as an AP U.S. History Saturday session presenter and was named the 2014 Alabama History Teacher of the Year.

She is happily married and enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, and writing in her free time. She believes that education is the key that can open endless doors, and one of the greatest gifts educators have is the ability to truly make a difference in another’s life.

Lee Ann Latta - Math Content Director, (6-11)

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Lee Ann is a 20-year veteran of the Birmingham City School system where she taught everything from Algebra I to AP Statistics and AP Calculus. She served as the AP math lead teacher for the district. She has been a National Math and Science Initiative / Laying The Foundation trainer for over five years and also presents at Saturday study sessions, ACT study sessions, and is AMSTI trained. She is married and has two daughters.

Kitty Morgan - Math Content Director (AP)

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Kitty has taught AP Calculus AB and BC for over 20 years, and is currently the Math Content Director for A+ College Ready. She has served as an AP Calculus Reader, have presented at state, regional, and national conferences on math education and is a "Laying The Foundation" (LTF) presenter.

Kitty attended Stanhope Elmore High School in Millbrook, AL, and earned a degree in math education from Troy University. She holds a Master’s Degree from UAB, and earned National Board Certification in 2005. In her free time she loves to sing and twirl baton!

Candice Powers - Administrative Assistant

[email protected]Candice received my B.A. in International Studies from the University of South Alabama in May 2015. In college, she found her passion for service through Greek life. After graduating, she applied for AmeriCorps Building Communities, Bettering Lives program hosted by the YWCA of Central Alabama. Throughout her two-year position in AmeriCorps, she served with Girls on the Run in Birmingham, assisting with program coordination and general office management. She was able to act as a mentor and coach to more than 120 young women over 4 seasons.Candice strives to enable our future leaders through education and emotional intelligence. She enjoys the Birmingham Museum of Art, downtown's upcoming social scene, and exercising at Railroad Park.

John Richey - Leadership Consultant

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John joined the A+ team in 2015 to serve in a consulting capacity, primarily as a liaison between A+ College Ready and schools involved in the program. Prior to that, John served as a teacher and administrator in the Albertville, Arab, and Guntersville City School Systems. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Auburn University in 1986, a Master's degree in Education from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 1988, and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama in 1998.

John is originally from St. Clair County and now live in Arab with his wife, Laura. They have three children. The oldest, John William and his wife, Sara, live in Madison, and he works as a Data Analyst for Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. His other two sons, Benjamin and Jack, attend Auburn University.

John enjoys travel, sports, cooking, and helping schools grow academically by partnering with A+ College Ready.

Tara Roberts - AP Government & Politics Consultant

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Tara is the AP U.S. Government and Politics Content Manager, and the AP Government teacher and IB History teacher at Fairhope High School in Fairhope, Alabama. She has also taught AP U.S. History at Fairhope.

Tara received her B.A. in History from The University of Alabama in 2004 and her B.S. in Education/Social Studies from The University of South Alabama in 2009. She is currently working on her Masters in Administration/ESL at The University of South Alabama.

Rhonda Rush - AP Social Studies Content Director

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Rhonda has taught social studies in Alabama for 33 years and is currently the Social Studies Content Director for A+ College Ready. She is a graduate of Etowah High School and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Jacksonville State University.  She taught her first AP course in 1986 and has since taught AP United States History at Saks High School in Calhoun County, at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa County and at Bob Jones High School in Madison County. In 1998, she began teaching at Homewood High School, where she taught AP United States History  and in 2006 added AP United States Government and Politics. She has served as an AP exam reader and a consultant leading AP Summer Institutes.

Through the years Rhonda has presented at numerous conferences on the state, regional and national level. She achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2009 and has served as a mentor and facilitator for NBCT candidates. Reading and sewing occupy her free time and she loves to spend time at the lake with her family.

Hannah Spivey - Logistics Manager

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Hannah received a B.S. in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College in May 2016. After graduating, she committed to a year of AmeriCorps service with Impact America. During her time as an AmeriCorps member, she participated in a range of service initiatives including volunteer income tax preparation, vision screenings for children, a debate program for Birmingham city middle school students, and an AP summer workshop for Tuscaloosa high school students.

After her year of service, Hannah served as the organization's Program Officer. She assisted the Executive Director in areas of grant management, program implementation, and office management. She is passionate about education and excited to work for an organization that is increasing opportunities for students in Alabama.

Kanita Sturdivant - Instructional Consultant

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Kanita became a Laying the Foundation/ NMSI ELA teacher in 2014 and joined A+ College Ready as a teacher trainer in 2016. Since joining the organization, she has trained teachers in Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and Alabama.

Kanita currently works to support teachers with A+ Curriculum implementation at secondary schools. She lives in York, AL with her husband and three children.

Pam Walker - English Content Director (6-10)

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Pam joined A+ College Ready in June of 2015 as the English Content Manager. She is a twenty-year veteran English teacher who has taught in both Georgia and Alabama public schools where her primary teaching roles have been freshman English and AP Language and Composition. She has served as an AP study session presenter, and is also a certified Laying The Foundation trainer. She was named Elmore County Teacher of the Year for Secondary Schools for 2015-2016.

Pam earned her bachelor’s degree in Language Arts Education from Auburn University in 1995. Originally from Auburn, she now lives in Wetumpka with her husband and three children.

Kim Wallace - Administrative Assistant

[email protected]Kim joined the A+ team in 2018, having worked in various support staff roles at Informations Transport Solutions and Caddell Construction.  She is a Mississippi State University graduate with a Bachelors in Business Administration.Kim grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and now calls Wetumpka her home with her husband, Michael. They have two children, one in college and one who will graduate from high school soon. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to high school sporting events, and reading.

Carol Yarbrough - Computer Science Content Director

[email protected]Carol began teaching high school in 2007, embarking on a second career after working in the computer industry for 20+ years. She is currently teaching computer science full-time at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, in Birmingham, Alabama, and serving as the A+ College Ready Computer Science Content Specialist.Carol graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Computational Mathematics. She then was employed in just about every aspect of the computer industry, doing both scientific and business programming. In addition to being a programmer, she has been a designer, analyst, system administrator, database administrator, technical architect, corporate trainer and curriculum developer. But, she always wanted to teach, so she studied Secondary Mathematics Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been a College Board pilot teacher for the AP CS Principles course and a Teacher Leader with the CS4Alabama project. CS4Alabama is training in-service teachers in Alabama to teach the APCS Principles course.Carol enjoys working with bright and creative people and the satisfaction of knowing that her work matters.