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







This is the second year that Professor Leamon has presented to our senior class about college success. His presentation is thorough, interesting, and relevant. Having him speak to our students about syllabi, building relationships with professors, and general college success was tremendously helpful and engaging for all students. We saw a new confidence in many of our students at the end of the session as Professor Leamon had given them the secrets to success and they were eager to put his tips into practice.

Alison BrennenEnglish TeacherBedford High SchoolBedford, Ohio

Professor Bill Leamon’s presentation to our graduating seniors was engaging and entertaining, as much as it was informative. He was right “on point” with identifying the many challenges college freshmen often encounter, as well as offering concrete solutions to achieve college success. We definitely intend to invite him back again next year.

Mrs. Linda Gabor, M.EdDirector of College CounselingSaint Ignatius High School

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


  1. Amherst-Steele High School
  2. Avon High School
  3. Avon Lake High School
  4. Bard High School
  5. Bay High School
  6. Benedictine High School
  7. Berea-Midpark High School
  8. Bedford High School
  9. Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
  10. Brooklyn High School
  11. Brookside High School
  12. Brunswick High School
  13. Brush High School
  14. Buckeye High School
  15. Campus International High School
  16. Castle High School
  17. Cleveland Central Catholic High School
  18. Cleveland Heights High School
  19. Cleveland School of the Arts
  20. Cleveland School Digital Arts
  21. Cleveland School of Science & Medicine
  22. Columbia High School
  23. Design Lab Early College
  24. East Tech High School
  25. Eastlake North High School
  26. Fairport Harding High School
  27. Fairview High School
  28. Firelands High School
  29. Garrett Morgan School of Science
  30. Ginn Academy
  31. Glenville High School
  32. Horizon Science Academy
  33. Independence High School
  34. Jane Addams Business Careers
  35. John Adams High School
  36. John Marshall High School
  37. Kenston High School
  38. Keystone High School
  39. Lawrence High School
  40. Lincoln West High School
  41. Martin Luther King Jr. High School
  42. Max Hayes High School
  43. MC2STEM High School
  44. Medina High School
  45. Mentor High School
  46. New Tech @ Collinwood High School
  47. New Tech East High School
  48. New Tech West High School
  49. North Olmsted High School
  50. North Ridgeville High School
  51. Norton High School
  52. Olmsted Falls High School
  53. Rhodes High School
  54. Rittman High School
  55. Rocky River High School
  56. Rootstown High School
  57. Saint Martin de Porres High School
  58. Saint Ignatius High School
  59. South Range High School
  60. Tallmadge High School
  61. Trinity High School
  62. Twinsburg High School
  63. Vermilion High School
  64. Waterloo High School
  65. Warrensville High School
  66. Wellington High School
  67. Whitney Young Leadership Academy
  68. Wickliffe High School
  69. Willoughby South High School
  70. Yeshiva High School


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