Principal: Ms. Carolyn Russell-Walker

Site Facilitator: Ms. Waynetta Turner

School Website

School Coordinators:

Ethelyn J. Willis: ewillis@bhm.k12.al.us
Erica Jones: emay2@bhm.k12.al.us

Ms. Waynetta Turner

GEAR UP Birmingham Site Facilitator

Phone: 205-249-3173

Email: wturner@bhm.k12.al.us

Twitter: @WTurnerAAMU

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Waynetta L. Turner is a skilled facilitator with expertise in science education. She has had the pleasure of serving in the Birmingham City Schools at the middle and high school levels for over 15 years. Never a person for resting on her laurels, Ms. Turner has also served as an adjunct instructor at the post-secondary level. She is driven by the desire to prepare students to reach their greatest potential academically and become caring, responsible citizens.

Ms. Turner earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees at Alabama A & M University. Her lifelong love of learning lead Ms. Turner towards administrative pursuits. She earned her administrative certification and an Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership at UAB.

Ms. Turner is presently completing her doctoral studies at Samford University. She is a native of the Birmingham area. As a staunch believer in service to the community, Ms. Turner is an active member of the Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta as well as the Junior League of Birmingham. She resides in the Birmingham area surrounded by the love of her proud parents, six siblings, and a large extended family. Her hobbies include music and world travels.

Shelbe Arrington 

Student Ambassador, 11th grade

My responsibilities as an ambassador: I believe that my responsibilities as a student ambassador is to lead when no one is looking, to enrich people with the knowledge GEAR UP, and share my experience of GEAR UP.
Why I decided to become a student ambassador: The reason why I chose to become a student ambassador is to help me widen my horizon on how to be a better leader and to improve my outlook on the world.
A short fun fact about myself: I am very inquisitive and I enjoy history.

Kobe Jennings

Student Ambassador, 12th grade

My responsibilities as an ambassador: I am a student ambassador that makes a commitment to the mission of GEAR UP Birmingham.
Why I decided to become a student ambassador: So, I can let my peers know of all the wonderful opportunities that is out there for us.
A short fun fact about myself: I like to meet new people.

Lindsey Arrington-Williams 

Parent Ambassador

My responsibilities as an ambassador: As an ambassador I try to encourage other parents and students throughout Birmingham City Schools System to take part in GEAR UP events and activities.
Why I decided to become a parent ambassador: I became an ambassador because I’ve seen how great this program is first-hand. Not only is my daughter excited to go to college, but she is already preparing as a freshmen. GEAR UP gives her the tools to make college a reality.
A short fun fact about myself: I like NASCAR.

Kimbroughery Jennings 

Parent Ambassador

My responsibilities as an ambassador: My duties are based on the relationship between GEAR UP Birmingham and the Birmingham City Schools. I have a long-standing alliance and  partnership with GEAR UP, and as an active ambassador I participate in many social and cultural events.
Why I decided to become a parent ambassador: To ensure my son’s school success, I wanted to be actively involved in his education.
A short fun fact about myself:  I love to take photographs!


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