2002-2003 – While teaching 3rd grade in Darien, Georgia, Linary Kingdon felt that some of her students needed more help than she could give in a school day in order to pass the CRCT (the state-mandated test at that time). The families of her students who needed it most did not have the funds to pursue after school tutoring so she decided to start a nonprofit organization that could provide it. She and accountant, Yettie Costner, began the paperwork to file for 501(c)3 status but due to other obligations were not able to complete the process.
2008-2010 – While teaching ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) to children and adults in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Linary again saw the need for additional help – this time, mainly to help the parents of her students improve English skills, better understand the school curriculum and know how they could help their children, and how to more fully integrate into the community. She registered the name, Achieve Greater Success, with the Georgia Secretary of State, took nonprofit courses from Troy University, and with the help of Troy classmate, Tamiko Leverette, applied for and received 501(c)3 status. Achieve Greater Success’s first programs, provided in the historic Sharon Community Church in Sandy Springs, were: 1) Tutoring to elementary children in preparation for the CRCT, 2) English classes for limited English speaking parents, 3) Training to teens on how to assess and tutor limited English proficient individuals, and 4) Assessment and tutoring in English, reading and math to limited English proficient children and parents provided by trained teenagers
2011-2012 – Desiring to increase Achieve Greater Success’s effectiveness, Linary obtained a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from UGA’s Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. While at UGA, Linary and UGA music professor, Johanna Royo, created a neighborhood choir of latino children and youth who performed at a local retirement home.
2013-2014 – Not yet being successful at fundraising and needing to work to keep her bills paid, Linary accepted a position with the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), teaching GED and ABE classes at Whitworth Women’s Facility in Hartwell. Linary was impressed with the intelligence, caring nature, abilities and desires of many to live healthier, crime-free lives and be better mothers after release. Having planned with the warden, Linary resigned from her GDC job and via Achieve Greater Success, created and provided a pilot program in goal setting and healthier living to incarcerated and newly-released women. She also arranged for an expert in problem-solving strategies in Athens to provide weekly classes.
2015-2016 – Having used her personal funds for the pilot programs in 2014, and also having graduate school debt, Linary spent these years working to improve her financial situation, determined to move forward with greater wisdom. March-September 2016, she again taught for the Georgia Department of Corrections – this time teaching ABE & LRR (Literacy/Remedial Reading) classes at the Northwest RSAT Center in Rock Spring. (RSAT=Residential Substance Abuse Treatment). Linary was impressed with the speed at which the men progressed toward getting their GEDs and wanted to help them progress even further. Having made arrangements with the superintendent, she resigned as a GDC employee and returned via Achieve Greater Success, helping those about to return home prepare resumes and obtain information about the technical college closest to where they would be releasing.
2017-2018 – In mid-2017, Linary (and Achieve Greater Success) moved to Cartersville to be closer to family. In August, she learned that many Bartow County children were reading below grade level. Knowing the correlations between low reading levels, poor school performance, low self-esteem, high school drop out, poverty, drugs and crime, she/Achieve Greater Success set goals specific to Bartow County for 2018 and transitioned to having Bartow County residents as board members.
2019-2020 – Determination to dissolve reached
Recipients of Service
2018-2020 English language learning adults in Cartersville and Alpharetta; An individual desiring to do in-home childcare
2018 Pre-K children attending The Gingerbread Hous in Cartersville and Planet Kids in Acworth
2017 Incarcerated and released men: Adairsville, Athens, Blue Ridge, Cumming, Lafayette, Rock Spring, Royston, Winder
2016 English language learning adults, a struggling elementary school child, and past and present students of the Education Program at NWRSAT; Alpharetta, Rock Spring, Lafayette
2015 English language learning adults; Alpharetta
2014 Incarcerated and released women; Atlanta, Bainbridge, Hartwell, Jesup, Summerville
2013 English language learning children and youth; Watkinsville
2011-12 English language learning children; Athens
2010 English language learning children and parents and non-English language learning children and youth; Sandy Springs