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Deborah Morgan

Deborah Morgan

Project SOAR Director

Years with Project SOAR: Since January 2014

What does Project SOAR mean to you?
Project SOAR gives me the opportunity to provide students with a familiar, supporting and friendly face that encourages them in school and life. It is my way of giving back because I once was exactly where our students are today and I was fortunate enough to have outstanding mentors who genuinely believed in me, and I want to do so for them.

Fun fact about Deborah:
My favorite shape is the infinity symbol and I love the number 8!

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Dezzarae Francis

Dezzarae Francis

Project SOAR Counselor/Coordinator

Years with Project SOAR: Since August 2017

What does Project SOAR mean to you?
Project SOAR provides me with the ability to give back to a program that helped me graduate from college and obtain valuable life skills. Project SOAR gives me the opportunity to encourage, support, teach, advocate, assist and mentor students in all aspects of life. It is extremely rewarding to watch and coach students as they set and meet their goals, find their strengths, and grow holistically. TRIO Works! It did for me and I cannot wait to experience how it works for our students.

Fun fact about Dezzarae:
I absolutely love long road trips. The open road entices great conversation and gives me the courage to sing my heart out.

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Hayden Mcalpin

Hayden McAlpin

Project SOAR Math Specialist

Years with Project SOAR: Since August 2019

What does Project SOAR mean to you? 
Project SOAR gives me the ability to assist students with their academic and life goals. Being a first-generation student myself, I know what it feels like to be where they are. I hope to make the process as smooth as possible for our students so they don’t have to learn the hard way like I did.

Fun fact about Hayden:
My favorite number is 9 because it’s 3^2, and everyone needs a little oddness and power in their life.

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Kenia Hernandez

Kenia Hernandez

Project SOAR Office Specialist

Years with Project SOAR: Since August 2019

What does Project SOAR mean to you?
Project SOAR means an opportunity, an opportunity for students to break any standard or roadblock. Project SOAR is able to provide a hand for students to hold on to for guidance.  

Fun fact about Kenia:
I’m pretty good at painting and I love watching any kind of movie!

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Amy Rawlings

Amy Rawlings

English Retention Specialist

Years with Project SOAR: Since February 2021

What does Project SOAR mean to you?
Project SOAR is about student success, which is a primary focus of mine. Different students have different needs, and this is a program that enables students to discover what those needs are and to address them. Earning a degree is not always easy, so students need a network of people to empower, encourage, support, and care about them. This program does that!

Fun fact about Amy:
I love to sew and quilt. Who knew a pandemic would lead me to discover a hobby that I would adore?

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Baylee Lacy

Baylee Lacy

Science Specialist

Years with Project SOAR: Since October 2021

What does Project SOAR mean to you?
Project SOAR gives me the opportunity to help students build strong foundations in science that will benefit them for life! I get to encourage, guide, and support students as they navigate the world of science and scientific inquiry as they take their courses. It’s always my goal to ensure that everyone feels welcome in the world of science and that everyone gets a chance to engage with scientific concepts in their own way.

Fun fact about Baylee:
For some reason I know that the molarity of water is 55.5M.

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