La'Ryon Witherspoon is a college preparation advisor with the Texas GEAR UP state grant. He currently serves the Class of 2018 at Estacado High School in Lubbock ISD. Previously, he was the unit coordinator for both the Office of Community Engagement and IDEAL (the Institute for Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners) at Texas Tech University delivering community outreach, college readiness, and STEM-based programs. At Texas Tech, he collaborated with the College of Education, the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood grant, and GEAR UP to highlight the importance of higher education to students residing in low-income areas. La'Ryon is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education program at Texas Tech University, from which he also received a master’s degree in counselor education and a bachelor's in psychology.