Evergreen GEAR UP Staff
Ada Daniels, Interim Director
Larry Crowley, Educational Specialist
Carletta Garraway, Educational Specialist
Michael Scher, Educational Specialist
Rachel Martinez, Program Coordinator
Ada Daniels - Interim Director
Ms. Daniels can be reached at (360) 867-6187.
Larry Crowley - Educational Specialist
Larry Crowley provides direct services to students and parents in his role as Educational Specialist. Larry graduated from Texas Tech University where he majored in sociology. He received his master's degree in education from South Dakota State University in 1981, where he concentrated in counseling. He is a school and nationally certified counselor. Larry brings over 24 years of experience to the GEAR UP team, particularly in the areas of student leadership, empowering and strengthening families, and motivational and coping skills training for teens. Larry lives with his wife and two daughters in Olympia, where he has resided since 1986. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, watching movies, and playing racquetball. Mr. Crowley can be reached at email@example.com or (360) 239-7283.
Carletta Garraway provides direct services to students and parents in her role as Educational Specialist. She is grew up in a military home and attended Washington State University where she received her Bachelor's in Art in Humanities - Public Relations and a minor in Music- Vocal Performance. She has a strong business and community background and has worked extensively with schools. She has over 25 years of volunteer services, working with students, parents, and the community in Olympia, Washington and British Columbia, Canada. She is the International Director for The Thurston Group of Washington State, a non-profit organization that assists students and parents in college preparation, admissions and scholarship search. She is a proud mother of four children, an international motivational speaker and performer. In her spare time she enjoys singing, journaling, traveling, and spending time with her family. Carletta works primarily at Clover Park High School. Ms. Garraway can be reached at (253) 310-2386.
Michael Scher provides direct services to students and parents in his role as Educational Specialist for GEAR UP, The Evergreen State College. Michael has been an educator and youth advocate for over a decade and brings his knowledge of classroom instruction as well as middle and high school administrative and leadership experience to GEAR UP. Michael is from Southern California. He received his Bachelors degree in History from California State University Chico and his Masters in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University. He is NCLB Highly Qualified and received his teaching credential from National University. Michael’s leadership experiences have included developing job training programs for at-risk high school students, facilitating career development classes, leading financial aid and college preparation workshops, and advocating for student and family welfare. Michael is new to Washington and lives in Olympia with his wife and two daughters. His hobbies include outdoor activities and traveling with his family. Mr. Scher can be reached at (360) 239-7284.
Rachel Martinez joined the GEAR UP team in July, 2007. She provides the primary administrative and budget support for the GEAR UP program. Rachel graduated from Saint Martin 's University in May, 2006, where she majored in Business Administration. During her work at the University, Rachel was actively involved in student services serving as President of the Non-Traditional Students Club, Senator of Non-Traditional Students for the Associated Students of Saint Martin's University, served on the ASSMU Finance Committee, and was selected to represent the student body on the 2006 University Presidential Selection Committee. She is currently serving her first term on the Saint Martin 's Alumni Association Board of Directors. Rachel has extensive experience in business administration and brings to GEAR UP a passion for supporting and encouraging all students in their pursuit of higher education. When Rachel is not working, she is spending quality time with family and friends. Ms. Martinez can be reached at (360) 867-5801.