You’re in college. Now what…?

Begin First Gen…Start Right. Finish Strong. Reboot When Needed.

Learning can go in circles and cycles, and it doesn’t just come from a book. Here’s how to make the most of your limited time and busy schedule. I was a graduate student when I began suffering from mental illness, and I never finished my PhD. But I’ve taught high school students, many of whom are first generation college students, and I’ve also taught college and have mentored first generation college students. This is my third website that I’ve created. One ( talks about my business and business offerings and has a blog for teachers and parents. Another ( is my author page and has a blog featuring my stories of my recovery from and management of my mental health condition. I have loads of time between sub jobs and tutoring/consulting gigs and am here to answer all the questions you have. Email me at to give me questions for my blog entries and the articles that will fill this site!

First Generation: The Film that Inspired it All

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“An award-winning documentary narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Watch the 1-hour version here: For more information please visit Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation’s top educational experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), the film explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation. First Generation was directed and produced by Adam and Jaye Fenderson and made possible in part by Lumina Foundation for Education and GOAL 2025 whose mission is to increase the percentage of Americans with high quality degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025. The film was an official selection at film festivals across North America and had its world premiere at the Heartland Film Festival where it was nominated for a Crystal Heart Award. It won “Best Documentary” and “Best Soundtrack” at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, and a “Special Jury Award for Social Impact” at the Napa Valley Film Festival. First Generation has been embraced far and wide as a tool to spark the conversation about what it takes to increase the college-going and success rate for low-income and first generation students.”

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