Perry County High School

Mary Lauren Garner is the College Access Counselor at Perry County High School located in Linden, TN. Mary Lauren graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in K-12 licensure (which is a fancy way of saying she can teach health and PE). She then graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2014 with a Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in School Counseling and graduated again in 2016 with her EdS in Curriculum Director from Arkansas State University.

She began working with the Ayers Foundation in 2011, then moved over to the GEARUPTN Grant in Wayne County, TN. She then worked for Northern Virginia Community College as an advisor before she came back to Tennessee to continue working with the Ayers Foundation.


Betty Bell is the Financial Aid Assistant at Perry County High School located in Linden, TN.  Betty was born and raised in Linden along with raising her family here. She began working with The Ayers Foundation in 2013 and prior to that she worked in the local school system as the Family Resource Coordinator and Assistant to the high school counselor.