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Tammy Dunn - Vice President for Academic Affairs

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I am a 28 year career educator. The first 17 years of my career were spent in science classrooms in Tennessee and Hoover, Alabama, teaching biology, chemistry, physics and AP biology. In 2007, I went to work as the science supervisor for Jefferson County Schools where I 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, I helped manage the A+ College Ready grant program, and in 2010, I became the Program Manager for A+ College Ready. In 2013, I went to serve as the Chief Academic Officer for Mathematics and Science for Hoover City Schools, and in 2016 I returned to A+ College Ready as the VP for Academic Affairs.

I 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 I currently serve as an adjunct teacher for the School of Education.

I achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 1999 and renewed the certification in 2009. I have mentored over 100 teachers who have undergone the NBPTS certification process. I currently serve on the NBPTS board of directors. I was honored to be the 2001 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and the 2003 Alabama Teacher of the Year.

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

Teri Thompson - Vice President for Operations

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I have spent the last 33 years involved with public education in Alabama, then retired from the classroom and began working with A+ College Ready. My 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.

I 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. I began teaching in 1984.

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

I joined the staff of A+ College Ready in 2014 as the manager for Partner Schools. I am currently the Vice President for Operations for the organization.

I am 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. My husband, David, and I have one child and live in Wetumpka, AL.

Carrie Bates - Statistics Consultant

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This is my fifth year as the A+ College Ready Statistics Consultant. I also teach full time at Buckhorn High School in the Madison County School System. I have been a secondary mathematics teacher for twenty years and currently teach AP Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, and Algebra with Finance.

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

Melissa Crook - Executive Assistant

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

I live in Sylacauga, and have a five-year-old daughter, Madelyn, and infant son, MJ. In my spare time, I enjoy photography and spending time outdoors.

Matt Dean - Science Content Director (AP)

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I have taught AP Biology for 21 years and AP Physics for 5 years, and am currently the Science Content Director for A+ College Ready. I have presented at numerous AP professional development conferences and Saturday study sessions across the state. I attended Madison County High School in Gurley, AL, and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Additionally, I earned Educational Specialist and Doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama. I was awarded National Board Certification in 2001 and 2011. I enjoy kayaking and farming in my spare time.

Katherine Dearing - Director of Training & Data Management

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I joined A+ College Ready as the Training Manager in 2016.  Prior to joining this team, I 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.  I graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Political Economy, and obtained a J.D. from the Birmingham School of Law.

I enjoy working as part of a team to help ensure the quality of public education and, in doing so, to open the doors of opportunity for every Alabama student.

Diann Frucci - English Content Director (AP)

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I joined A+ College Ready to serve as the English Content Director in 2013 after retiring from the classroom. I taught for 28 years, 25 of those at LAMP High School in Montgomery, Alabama, where I taught both AP English Literature and AP English Language. I served as department chair at LAMP, as English lead teacher for Montgomery Public Schools, and as an AP reader; I have also been an LTF (Laying The Foundation) trainer for seven years. I was honored in 2011 to be named a NMSI All American Teacher and the College Board’s AP Teacher of the Year for the Southeastern Region in 2012.

Jenifer Glover - Director of Finance

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I joined the A+ team in 2014, serving as its Finance Manager. Before that, I worked with Southern Company in various roles for sixteen years- the last six years as a Budget Analyst. I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and MBA from South University.

Originally from Spring Hill, Florida, I now live in Elmore County with my husband LaDon. We have four children with two of them currently in college, and one proudly serves in the Alabama National Guard. I enjoy reading, and volunteering in my community in my spare time.

Mallory Harp - Science Content Director (6-10)

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It is a pleasure to be a part of the A+ College Ready team as the 6-10 Science Content Director.  Prior, I served nine years in the classroom teaching physical science while also serving in various roles with student leadership, and as an A+ Coordinator. I 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, I am an AMSTI presenter.  I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Alabama in 2008 and my Master's degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Montevallo in 2010. Originally from Trussville, I now live in Millbrook with my husband and daughter. I enjoy 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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Where do I start? Well, I have 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. I have also served as Social Studies Instructional Coach and supported both school and district level initiatives. Additionally, I 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.

I received both my 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. I have facilitated several professional development workshops and developed curriculum on the local, state, and national level.

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

I am happily married, and enjoy traveling, scrapbooking, and writing in my free time. I believe 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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I am a 20-year veteran in the Birmingham City School system where I taught everything from Algebra I to AP Statistics and AP Calculus. I served as the AP math lead teacher for the district. I have been a National Math and Science Initiative / Laying The Foundation trainer for six years; I also present at Saturday study sessions, ACT study sessions, and am AMSTI trained. I am married and have two daughters.

Kitty Morgan - Math Content Director (AP)

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I have taught AP Calculus AB and BC for 20 years, and am currently the Math Content Director for A+ College Ready. I have been an AP Calculus Reader for six years, have presented at state, regional, and national conferences on math education and am an "Laying The Foundation" (LTF) presenter. I attended Stanhope Elmore High School in Millbrook, AL, and earned a degree in math education from Troy University. I hold a Master’s Degree from UAB, and earned National Board Certification in 2005. I love to sing and twirl baton!

Candice Powers - Administrative Assistant

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

John Richey - Leadership Consultant

I 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, I served as a teacher and administrator in the Albertville, Arab, and Guntersville City School Systems. I 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.

I am originally from St. Clair County and now live in Arab with my wife, Laura. We 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. My other two sons, Benjamin and Jack, attend Auburn University. I enjoy travel, sports, cooking, and helping schools grow academically by partnering with A+ College Ready.

Tara Roberts - AP Government & Politics Consultant

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I am 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. I have also taught AP U.S. History at Fairhope. I received my B.A. in History from The University of Alabama in 2004 and my B.S. in Education/Social Studies from The University of South Alabama in 2009. I am currently working on my Masters in Administration/ESL at The University of South Alabama.

Rhonda Rush - AP Social Studies Content Director

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I have taught social studies in Alabama for 33 years and am currently the Social Studies Content Director for A+ College Ready. I am a graduate of Etowah High School and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Jacksonville State University.  I taught my first AP course in 1986 and have 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, I began teaching at Homewood High School where I taught AP United States History  and in 2006 added AP United States Government and Politics. I have served as an AP exam reader and a consultant leading AP Summer Institutes. Through the years I have presented at numerous conferences on the state, regional and national level. I achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in 2009 and have served as a mentor and facilitator for NBCT candidates. Reading and sewing occupy my free time. I love to spend time at the lake with my family!

Hannah Spivey - Logistics Manager

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I received a B.S. in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College in May 2016. After graduating, I committed to a year of AmeriCorps service with Impact America. During my time as an AmeriCorps member, I 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 my year of service, I served as the organization's Program Officer. I assisted the Executive Director in areas of grant management, program implementation, and office management. I am 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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I 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, I have had the pleasure of training teachers in Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and Alabama. I currently work to support teachers with A+ Curriculum implementation at secondary schools. I live in York, AL with my husband and three children.

Pam Walker - English Content Director (6-10)

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I joined A+ College Ready in June of 2015 as the English Content Manager. I am a twenty-year veteran English teacher who has taught in both Georgia and Alabama public schools where my primary teaching roles have been freshman English and AP Language and Composition. I have served as an AP study session presenter, and am also a certified Laying The Foundation trainer. I was honored to be named Elmore County Teacher of the Year for Secondary Schools for 2015-2016. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Language Arts Education from Auburn University in 1995. Originally from Auburn, I now live in Wetumpka with my husband and our three children.

Kim Wallace - Administrative Assistant

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I am very excited to join the A+ team.  I have worked in various support staff roles at Informations Transport Solutions and Caddell Construction.  I am a Mississippi State University graduate with a Bachelors in Business Administration.

I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and now call Wetumpka my home with my husband Michael. We have two children, one in college and one that will graduate from high school soon. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling to high school sporting events, and reading.

Carol Yarbrough - Computer Science Content Director

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I began teaching high school in 2007, embarking on a second career after working in the computer industry for 20+ years. I am 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.

I graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Computational Mathematics. I then was employed in just about every aspect of the computer industry, doing both scientific and business programming. In addition to being a programmer, I have been a designer, analyst, system administrator, database administrator, technical architect, corporate trainer and curriculum developer. But, I always wanted to teach, so I studied Secondary Mathematics Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have 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.

I enjoy working with bright and creative people and the satisfaction of knowing that my work matters.