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A+ Education Partnership

Mark Dixon, President

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Mark joined the A+ team on February 1, 2019. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University. He spent five years as Education Policy Advisor to Alabama Governor Bob Riley and later as Policy Director. With an expressed desire to learn more about nonprofit management, Dixon moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue his Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management and Public Policy from The George Washington University School of Business. While in school, Dixon held an Education Pioneers Fellowship with Teach for America where he continued his pursuit of education reform.

Following business school, Dixon joined General Electric (GE) where for the past six years he has held both corporate and business roles. A graduate of GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program, Dixon helped build a commercial consulting organization, and led teams on strategic projects for senior leaders on five continents. Most recently, Dixon led market development efforts for GE Power’s steam unit in North and South America to develop projects and drive value creation for customers.

Michelle Condon, Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
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Michelle came to A+ in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to A+, she worked for 37 years in commercial banking, primarily in operations, finance, and mergers/acquisitions. She was, in her words, a "military brat" who landed at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and then Auburn University with a B.S. in Economics.

Michelle has one son who graduated from Auburn and lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife. She enjoys her Lake Martin cabin, as well as traveling, cooking and spending time with friends. Michelle is very happy to be working with A+, and out of the pressure cooker world of banking!

Rennie Crabb, Special Projects Coordinator

Special Projects Coordinator
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Rennie began working at A+ in August of 2008. She works with all the A+ divisions, handling special projects, board interactions, donor relations, meetings preparation, and other administrative duties. Before joining A+, Rennie was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years while volunteering with various community groups and church activities. She also worked as an account executive with Automatic Data Processing after graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

Rennie was born in Birmingham and moved to Montgomery in elementary school. She attended Jefferson Davis High School, along with her husband, Barry, a CPA. They worked in Birmingham after attending opposing colleges (AU and UA) for 6 years before settling down in Montgomery to raise their two children. Rennie loves going to the beach and enjoys reading, cooking, and watching football.

Caroline Novak, Senior Advisor

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As a member of the charter class of Leadership Alabama, Caroline learned about the depth of Alabama's challenges in education, and the role citizens played in organizing efforts to improve education in states such as Kentucky. Caroline challenged her class to promote excellence and equity for all children in our state. Caroline and her classmate, Bill Smith, chairman of Royal Cup Coffee, launched A+ in 1991 with the support of committed Alabama educators and other business and civic leaders.

The A+ message that we can succeed with the right mix of high expectations, support for educators and students, and accountability for all stakeholders has helped to build strong partnerships throughout the state. Caroline believes that we can create opportunities for all Alabama students to pursue their dreams by ensuring that we are constant learners ourselves. She has worked diligently to build support for improving schools and develop programs to actually deliver support to educators and students through the Alabama Best practices Center and A+ College Ready.

Although Caroline retired as founding President of A+ Education Partnership in February of 2019, she remains part of the team, serving as Senior Advisor. To stay connected to national resources and local issues, she serves on the boards of the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Business Council of Alabama, Sterling Bank, and Leadership Alabama. She and her husband, Tabor, are proud that their children, grandchildren and grand-dogs call Alabama home.

Lauren Roberts, VP Strategic Communications & Development

Vice President of Strategic Communications & Development
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Lauren joined the A+ team as VP of Strategic Communications and Development in 2018. She is passionate about improving the lives of women and children and has volunteered over the past 27 years in the community in numerous capacities doing so. She's been a camp counselor for children with cancer, a court-appointed guardian ad litem for CASA, and volunteered in many ways at the Junior League of Birmingham, where she served as President from 2016-2017.

A native of Baton Rouge, she received her undergraduate and law degrees from LSU. She practiced law in Baton Rouge for eight years before moving to Birmingham in 2003, where she joined the firm of Lloyd, Gray & Whitehead. In 2005 she “retired” from law and became a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. She is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Birmingham and currently serves as President of its Members Council. She also serves as the President of the Presidents of the 50 largest Junior Leagues worldwide, supporting and helping hone their leadership skills.

Lauren lives in Homewood, Alabama, with her husband, Stuart, and her children, Jack, Rosemary, and Evelyn.

Megan Skipper, Director of Communications

Director of Communications
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Megan joined the A+ team in December 2018 as Director of Communications. She loves her home state of Alabama and wants to work to improve outcomes for those who live here—especially our children.

After college, Megan began her career in Montgomery at the Montgomery Education Foundation as a communications and research coordinator. After two years at MEF, she left the non-profit world briefly to be a political strategist during the 2018 Midterm Election season. Now, she's happy to continue her work in education policy and communications at A+.

Megan likes to keep herself busy with community work, including assisting local Montgomery non-profits with communications and development. She received a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, focused in public policy from Auburn University. She also holds a master’s in strategic communication from Troy University.

Originally from Daphne, AL, Megan has made a home in Montgomery with her cat and loved ones.

Alabama Best Practices Center

Cathy Gassenheimer, Executive Vice President

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Cathy has been with A+ from almost the very beginning, joining in August 1991. In 1999, A+ launched the Alabama Best Practices Center, which works directly with educators through our four professional learning networks: the Superintendent Leaders Network, the Key Leaders Network (school and district leaders), the Powerful Conversations Network (school teams), and the Instructional Partners Network (school-based instructional coaches).

Cathy is a life-long learner and loves nothing more than to learn more about things that matter. She's also quite a lover of all types of music! Personally, she's married to Rick Gassenheimer and together they have three children and three grandchildren. You can connect with Cathy through this website, and also on Twitter (@cathygassenheim) and the ABPC Facebook page.

Pat Johnson, Consultant

Consultant
AL Best Practices Center
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Pat cannot remember a time when she was not involved in education: she has been in school, teaching school, managing a school or consulting with schools for many years. Her career began in kindergarten in North Carolina, then to Florida, and now in Alabama. She taught multiple grade levels and content areas from kindergarten to college. In addition, she has had the opportunity to visit classrooms in Kenya, Bolivia, and Honduras.

Pat never dreamed she would leave the classroom, but when she began working as Teacher-In-Residence with the University of Alabama, she realized the importance of strong administrative leadership. As such, she spent the last years in public education in administration.

Pat's goal is to always be a learner—in education and in life. She believes that no matter the age or stage in life there is always something new to learn.

Away from the work of education, Pat and her husband enjoy traveling, involvement in mission outreach through their church, and gardening.

Beth McDavid, Consultant

Consultant
AL Best Practices Center
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bethmcdavidBeth started her career in education over forty years ago as an art teacher with the Tarrant City School District and was honored to receive the National Elementary Art Educator of the Year award. After a number of years teaching, she served as assistant principal and then in central office as an administrator. Her responsibilities have included staff development, curriculum, technology, English as a Second Language, accreditation, and Federal Programs.

Since retiring, she joined the Alabama Best Practice Center (ABPC), working with Alabama educators in supporting the ABPC’s work with Key Leader Networks (KLN), Powerful Conversation Networks (PCN), and Instructional Partners Networks (IPN).

Beth has found it rewarding to continue her work with teachers and leaders, learning together to further learning and success for Alabama children. She enjoys yoga, reading, and cooking new and interesting foods. Her family includes her husband, Bill McDavid, four children, and eight grandchildren.

John Norton, Communications Consultant

Communications Consultant
AL Best Practices Center
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John made his first connection with A+ more than 20 years ago during a chance phone encounter with Cathy Gassenheimer, while he was vice president for information at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). As a communications consultant for the A+ Alabama Best Practices Center, John has spent a decade writing and editing the ABPC journal Working Toward Excellence and now serves as editor for the ABPC Blog. In his first career, he reported on education for newspapers in South Carolina. He was also the first executive director of the state-supported SC Center for Teacher Recruitment (now CERRA).

A Clemson graduate, John attended "small-town" public schools while growing up near Myrtle Beach. He and his wife, Janice, live in Little Switzerland, NC, but spend lots of time in Atlanta with grandson Wyatt and daughter Laurah, an English professor at Georgia State.

Beth Sanders, Technology Integration Consultant

Technology Integration Consultant
AL Best Practices Center
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Beth is a connected educator, lifelong learner, and proud millennial. Her full-time position is as the Technology Integration Coordinator for Pike Road Schools. She is a member of the Powerful Conversations Network, Key Leaders Network, and for the past several years as served part-time as the Technology Integration Consultant for Alabama Best Practices Center.

Beth is passionate about all things future-ready, leading. and learning. She has partnered with APBC in a number of ways to provide support and access to connected and blended-learning experiences for educators, administrators, and instructional partners all across the state. One of the most exciting parts of her work with ABPC involves the online professional-learning community she's created and managed through Ning, which connects and empowers our Instructional Partners Network. Although our partners are in districts all over the state, the Ning connects them to each other and to resources whenever it is most convenient for them. It also keeps the learning going long beyond our face-to-face meetings. You can learn more about Beth's work at her about.me page, connect with her on Twitter @MsSandersEdu, and with ABPC at #ALPartners.

Emily Strickland, Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator
AL Best Practices Center
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Emily joined the Alabama Best Practices Center in 2017 and has not stopped growing and building relationships since then. A native of Montgomery, she attended Saint James School from kindergarten through graduation and still talks to her best friends from ​primary school everyday. In 2012​,​ she graduated from Auburn University with a degree in English. She has worked with nonprofits since graduation, but is loving working on this side of the education world.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys snuggling with her 2.5 Golden Retrievers (one is half Golden​ / ​half Bassett Hound, and yes, she's as cute as she sounds), spending time with family and friends​,​ watching all genres of movies​,​ laughing at inappropriate jokes during Taco Tuesday, yelling at the TV during college football, reading with a glass of wine​,​ and most recently, traveling and visiting breweries that are popping up all over the southeast. You can check out how cute her dogs are on Instagram/twitter ebs0010​/@Emily_Strick​.

Jackie Walsh, Primary Consultant

Primary Consultant
AL Best Practices Center
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Since 2008, Jackie has served as senior consultant to the ABPC with primary responsibilities for design and facilitation of professional learning. Previously, she collaborated with A+ in her role as consultant to the Governor’s Commission on Quality Teaching.

Jackie began her career as a high school social studies teacher and, over the years, hasworked in multiple educational organizations, including universities, a state department of education, a regional educational laboratory, and as consultant to the USDOE, national professional organizations, multiple SDEs, regional agencies, and school districts across the country. Phew! She should be really tired!

Jackie's passion is classroom questioning. She has co-authored four books on this topic, most recently Quality Questioning, 2nd Edition (Corwin Press, 2017) and Questioning for Classroom Discussion (ASCD, 2015), numerous articles in national journals, and presented at many national conferences. She partners with teachers in schools and districts across the country to improve questioning practices.

A native of Georgia, Jackie received the A.B. from Duke University, M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). In her spare time, she enjoys time with her adult children, two granddaughters, and two grand-dogs. She also travels whenever a good opportunity arises, reads recreationally (as well as professionally), and is a huge college basketball and football fan.

A+ College Ready

Tammy Dunn, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Vice President for Academic Affairs
A+ College Ready
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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

Vice President for Operations
A+ College Ready
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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

Statistics Consultant
A+ College Ready
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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

Executive Assistant
A+ College Ready
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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)

Science Content Director (AP)
A+ College Ready
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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, Training & Data Manager

Training & Data Manager
A+ College Ready
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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

Director of Finance
A+ College Ready
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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)

English Content Director (AP)
A+ College Ready
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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)

Science Content Director (6-10)
A+ College Ready
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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)

Social Studies Content Director (6-10)
A+ College Ready
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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, Mathematics Content Director (6-11)

Mathematics Content Director (6-11)
A+ College Ready
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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, Mathematics Content Director (AP)

Mathematics Content Director (AP)
A+ College Ready
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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!

John Richey, Leadership Consultant

Leadership Consultant
A+ College Ready
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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 lives 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.

Rhonda Rush, Social Studies Content Director (AP)

Social Studies Content Director (AP)
A+ College Ready
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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

Logistics Manager
A+ College Ready
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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.

Pam Walker, English Content Director (6-10)

English Content Director (6-10)
A+ College Ready
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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

Administrative Assistant A+ College Ready [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 Yarborough, Computer Science Content Director

Computer Science Content Director
A+ College Ready
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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.