Educators

Upward Bound serves students who attend Alleghany, Ashe County, Avery County,  Freedom, Watauga, and West Wilkes. Upward Bound academic coordinators work closely with school faculty to track the progress and ensure the success of those enrolled in the programs. These coordinators also visit each high school on a weekly basis to meet with each scholar one-on-one.

If you are an educator and you have any questions about the Upward Bound program, please contact our academic coordinators.

Academic Coordinator Contact Information

Aaron Gersonde
Email: gersondeap@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-8016, ext. 103

Laura Lavarnway
Email: lavarnwaylp@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-8016, ext. 108

Kim Grater 
Email: graterks@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-8016, ext. 101

Marco Fonseca Rodriguez
Email: fonsecarodriguezma@email.appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-8016, ext. 110