About Us

The Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education Program has been in existence for more than 15 years. The program serves the Virginia counties of Washington, Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth and Wythe and the cities of Bristol and Galax.

We provide leadership and support for adult education and literacy services with emphasis on the development and expansion of quality, family literacy and workplace education programs.

Our core services include Adult Basic Education and Adult Secondary and English as a Second Language. We assist individuals with their goal of passing the GED Test.

Our regional office is located at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, Virginia.

MRRAEP Office Staff

Shirley Carlson, Program Manager
As the Regional Program Manager for Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education, Shirley oversees the program staff and MRRAEP regional teachers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia's College at Wise (formerly known as Clinch Valley College). In addition, she holds a Master's in Education from Emory & Henry College.

Shirley has worked in adult education for more than 15 years, specifically in Russell County. She has a heart for seeing students of all ages and backgrounds succeed. Shirley and her husband live in Abingdon and have three children and two grandchildren.

Pam Price, Office Manager
Pam has been part of the MRRAEP staff for 10 years. She manages the day-to-day operations at the regional office and oversees grants and budgets. Pam and her husband, Randy, are GED examiners; they live in Glade Spring, and have two sons and two grandchildren.


Sharon Hutchinson, Program Specialist and GED Chief Examiner
Sharon has been with MRRAEP as an Adult Education instructor for several years. She joined the office staff in the spring of 2011. In this role, she oversees all aspects of GED testing and serves as teacher liaison for curriculum and instruction.

Sharon holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Concord University. Sharon and her husband reside in Bristol, Virginia and have a son and a daughter.



Brenda Otey, Data Specialist
Brenda joined the office staff in the spring of 2011, bringing with her extensive knowledge and experience as an office assistant. She serves as the Data Specialist and is also the primary contact for students and teachers seeking information about classes. Brenda and her husband reside in Bristol, Virginia.



ReneƩ Sturgill , Local Administrator of GED Applications
In her role as LAGEDA, Renee coordinates scheduling for GED testing at the

Washington County Test Center. She joined the Mount Rogers staff in March of 2012. Renee has a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Carolina.

MRRAEP Regional Staff

Jeff Campbell, Outreach Coordinator
As our regional outreach coordinator, Jeff educates the public about adult education classes and opportunities. He speaks to civic groups and participates in community events across the region. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from Virginia Tech.



Debbie Stone, Recovery Specialist
Debbie contacts students who have not completed their GED testing. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Education from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in Administration from Radford University.




Regional Teachers

Our regional Adult Education teachers help facilitate classes throughout southwest Virginia. All of our teachers offer a wide range of experience both in the classroom and their career fields. This understanding helps MRRAEP students best prepare for their GED Test. Learn more about our teachers and classes.


Advisory Board

City of Bristol: Brenda Carroll
Washington County: Tamrya Spradlin
Smyth County: Kim Sturgill
Wythe County: Anthony Sykes
Bland County: Annie Whitaker

Carroll County: Shane Woods
Grayson County: Karen Blevins
City of Galax: Dr. Rebecca Cardwell