As many of you know, Ann Carnes will be retiring effective January 2, 2015. While we extend best wishes to Ann in this new adventure, she will be missed by the GEAR UP family.
Ann joined our program in July 2007 as a consultant following a 37 year history with the Los Angeles Unified School District. During that time, she was a elementary school teacher and principal and local professional development coordinator for LAUSD. Ann began her work with GEAR UP co-facilitating professional development sessions for school leadership teams. She was one of a team of facilitators that worked in collaboration with the regional coordinators. From 2009 to August 2011, Ann served as a Regional Coordinator for eight schools in Southern California. During this time, Ann demonstrated an effective combination of skill as a facilitator and coordinator - which later inspired the redesign of the position to Whole School Services Coach. In October 2011, Ann accepted the opportunity to serve as Professional Development Manager for the Program. Her experience in education administration and professional development informed many of the changes in the Whole School Services model.
Ann has been a wonderful colleague and manager, providing support to coaches, staff and partners while building relationships across the organization. She has been a critical friend to many of us, through challenges, celebrations and accomplishments. We will miss her positive energy, affable personality, creative spirit and unwavering commitment to GEAR UP and those we serve.