College Preparation

For Teachers and Guidance Counselors

Before you know it, your seniors will be heading off to college.

While there are many factors that contribute to a student not persisting to graduation, more times than not, failure happens in the freshmen year, a result of not having the tools and training to overcome the challenges of this major life transition.

I know how busy you must be helping your seniors navigate the complexities of the college application process. With so many students to serve, it leaves very little time for you to talk to your seniors about what they need to do to prepare for that moment when they walk into a college classroom for the very first time.

For this reason, I created the College Success 101 Presentation. It is my mission to help as many graduates in Northeast Ohio make a smooth transition from high school to college. Typically, I speak to the entire senior class in one (or more) 45-minute sessions in the auditorium. Alternatively, I can spend a half (or full) day in up to 6 individual classes.

I am currently confirming dates for my talk with area high schools and want to make sure your high school is on my list to visit this fall or spring. Feel free to contact me by email at or phone at 440-503-3126 and I will send you the calendar with available dates for your consideration and confirmation.

Take care and hope to talk soon.



High Schools







Professor Leamon’s 45-minute presentation was engaging from start to finish and students actively participated throughout. Bringing in guests is always a risk and we must be selective when taking time away from academics. All the teachers in attendance asked me to bring Professor Leamon back next year, feeling it is exactly what our students need to know to succeed in college.

Dr. Dawn RuebensaalGuidance CounselorBerea-Midpark High SchoolBerea, Ohio


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Cleveland School of the Arts
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Cleveland School of Science & Medicine
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Design Lab Early College
East Tech High School
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Garrett Morgan School of Science
Ginn Academy
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Horizon Science Academy
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Jane Addams Business Careers
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Lawrence High School
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Martin Luther King Jr. High School
Max Hayes High School
MC2STEM High School
Mentor High School
New Tech @ Collinwood High School
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New Tech West High School
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Wellington High School
Whitney Young Leadership Academy
Willoughby South High School


For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame offers more than 20 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland.

Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff and small class sizes.