Trevor Browne's Jane Geary Named Arizona’s ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the K-12 Professional Category

Posted by Communications on 5/2/2018

Jane Geary, a teacher at Trevor Browne High School who has become a district-wide ACT Prep tutor, was named Arizona’s ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the K-12 professional category.

ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are high school seniors, K-12 professionals, post-secondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all. 

Geary, an ESL teacher, began conducting ACT tutoring at Trevor Browne two years ago and has expanded to several schools, holding ACT Test Prep Boot camps.   Last year she held a summer camp for 30 students who would later take a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  This summer, she is holding two free ACT Test Prep Boot Camps for rising juniors and those seniors wishing to improve on their ACT test scores for very select schools. The three-day camps will be at Metro Tech and Trevor Browne for 270 students. The camps will also utilize up to 18 Phoenix Union students who have scored well on ACT (28 or above) to serve as peer tutors.

Trevor Browne Librarian Sylvia Cox, who nominated her for the ACT award, said “she single-handedly has raised ACT scores at our school,” and District Post-secondary Articulation Specialist Dolores Ramirez said,  “Jane Geary is a game changer for ACT test prep in Phoenix Union High School District.”   Last year, of 53 Bioscience students who participated in an ACT Crash Course, 21 earned scores of 26 or above, including six scoring in the 30’s. “Because of her efforts we have seen unprecedented score achievement…scoring above their predicted range on the ACT,” Bioscience counselor Terry Haggerty said.

Geary was also the 2017 District Classroom Teacher of the Year.

The ACT State Council comprised of education and workforce professionals serve as the selection committee, and select one champion per category for each state.