“Education is all a matter of building bridges.”
Ralph Ellison 

Want a workshop or seminar on the college admissions and financial aid processes for your middle or high school PTSA meeting, student assembly, community event, or association gathering? How about hosting a workshop on study skills? Check out Stan Lemons’ presentation and workshop topics below, then book Stan Lemons as your next speaker. 

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Stanley B. Lemons


1. Expanding College Opportunity — Stan’s Signature Presentation (may range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours)

Stan talks with middle school and high school families about the ins and outs of the college admissions and financial aid processes. Topics include:

  • Why higher education is important
  • How to be successful in school
  • What colleges look for in applicants
  • How to write winning college admissions and scholarship essays
  • How to pay for college
  • How to get scholarship money for college
  • 10 key “do’s” and “don’ts” for the applicant
  • How to ensure that you not only get into college but also graduate from college

Stan engages and connects with his audience. He is personable, down-to-earth, and not afraid to share his inspiring life story as a first-generation college graduate. Want to create educational opportunities for students in your community? Book Stan Lemons today.

2. How to be Successful in Middle School and High School 

Stan not only motivates his audience, but also he provides practical, easily implementable tools to be successful in school. Stan’s presentation is described as a how-to workshop. He outlines time-tested strategies that students can utilize in order to earn good grades, and ultimately to position themselves for increased post-secondary school options. Topics covered in Stan’s workshop include:

  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills
  • Succeeding on tests and papers
  • Preparing for final exams

Anyone wanting to make a positive difference in the educational outcomes of students will be well served by booking Stan Lemons.

3. Winning in College: how to be successful inside and outside the classroom 

The transition from high school to college is not easy. In fact, today’s 59% four-year college graduation rate speaks to the need for more student support, especially when it comes to managing college classes and being successful in a college environment. Stan provides real-world, practical support and training that students need. In a workshop format, Stan leads college students through a series of winning strategies on how to be successful in school. Topics include:

  • Meeting and exceeding professor expectations
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills
  • Forming effective study groups
  • Maintaining balance as a student and as a person

By the end of Stan’s workshop, students walk away with action steps that they can immediately implement. If you want to increase your school’s student retention and graduation rate, book Stan Lemons today… you’ll experience a positive difference.

4. 10 Unshakable Principles for College and Career Success

Stan’s presentation on the 10 Unshakable Principles for College and Career Success is a winner. During his presentation, Stan shares 10 principles of success that stand to serve as a life-long roadmap for students. Lemons motivates students to do their best in school and beyond. If you are looking for a speaker to impart practical and real-world insight for middle school, high school, and college students, then look no further. Book Stan Lemons today. You’ll be glad you did.


“Stan Lemons came to our district and engaged students, staff and parents alike in presentations both during the school day and in the evening. Stan engages his audience with personal stories and practical need-to-know information about demystifying and navigating the sometimes overwhelming journey into researching colleges. Students were sincere in approaching and thanking Stan after presentations; parents were appreciative of his clear and practical advice; and staff members asked me after his visit if he could come back so that all of our students could hear his message. In this age of encouraging the “go on” rate to degrees and certificates after high school, Stan’s message is timely, relevant and on-point to a wide array of audiences.”

Matthew Handelman, Superintendent, Coeur d’Alene Public Schools, Coeur d’Alene, ID


“Stan’s (college admissions and financial aid processes) presentation is not only engaging but vey informative. His book is an excellent resource for parents and students interested in pursuing post secondary options. It is well organized and easy to understand.”

Cary Kennedy, Brookwood High School Counseling Office, Snellville, GA


“Stan shoots straight to the heart of how to choose and get accepted to the right school for you. He is personal. He is real. He speaks from experience and gets it right!”

Leslee Evans, PTSA Member, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta, GA


“Mr. Lemons’ presentation was informative and educational at the same time. The parents were very thankful for the information and they were able to apply it to their own students specific situation. We look forward to his coming back next school year!”

NeGenne Hall, Ed.S, Guidance Counselor, Southwest DeKalb High School, Decatur, GA


“Thank you for coming to Canfield Middle School. My students enjoyed your presentation. It is good for them to hear from other sources about the value of education. The kids gained quality information, especially as they prepare for high school registration this week. Thank you for my copy of your book. I’ve read it and it is spot on for prep regarding college and post-secondary training.”

Kathie Wilson, Educational Specialist, Canfield Middle School, Coeur d’Alene, ID


“Stan Lemons came and spoke to my high school students and the impact he made on them was tremendous. He was able to relate well to our students and actively keep them engaged, making them eager and excited about their next steps after high school. Mr. Lemons challenged the students to “expand their college opportunities.”

Cinzia Thomas, Summer Institute Site Coordinator, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


“Excellent training for parents and students. Parental involvement is definitely crucial and this training helped parents at Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School to understand more in depth the importance of college and the steps to follow. Fantastic presentation, Mr. Lemons!!”

Irasema N. Sias, Campus Support Team- Title III, Office of Family and Community Engagement, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX


“Hi, My name is Luke and I am a freshman at Coeur d’Alene High School. I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to speak to us today! You really got me thinking about my future more than ever. Once again thank you!”

Luke, High School Freshman, Coeur d’Alene High School, Coeur d’Alene, ID


“Mr. Lemons’ presentation to our Suitland High School (Suitland, MD) Parent Teacher Student Association was a timely wake up call regarding the importance of investing in our children’s education. His book ‘Expanding College Opportunity’ clearly and easily conveys information and tools that parents, teachers and students themselves can use in navigating the college admissions and financial aid processes. The strategies detailed in the book was brought to life by Mr. Lemons passion and enthusiasm for helping our young people reach their full potential as both students and future leaders. The SHS PTSA is pleased to have purchased several copies of these wonderful books which are sure to be an invaluable resource for our students for years to come.”

Barbara Eubanks, Retired U.S. Navy Executive Officer and PTSA Treasurer, Suitland, MD


“Thank you Stan for illuminating the opportunities and challenges for students interested in pushing the limit in higher education to better themselves. With one son in college and another on the way, I have seen the complexity firsthand and your succinct and energetic discussion opened my eyes on a few different avenues. Preparation is the key to success and your materials, vision and, most importantly, your emphasis on middle school preparation will certainly provide dividends to those interested in having options in higher ed…thank you sir for caring for kids and caring for education!”

Brian Newberry, Executive Director, Leadership Spokane, Spokane, WA


“The information Mr. Lemons presented to our students and parents is vital to the college application process.  He was engaging and connected with our students.  His knowledge and experience was beneficial to all that attended.”

Lara Salzman, Professional School Counselor, Barber Middle School, Acworth, GA


“I have been a high school counselor for the past 27 years, and I had the chance to read a remarkable book by Stanley Lemons. The focus of Expanding College Opportunity is to help students prepare for college. It is written in a way that parents and students can understand. The book pushes students to create short-term and long-term plans to ultimately get them to college.

Stanley was recently invited to come and speak to 9th and 10th grade students at Coeur d’Alene High School. He immediately engaged with the students and told a passionate story about growing up with limited financial resources yet meeting the challenges required to attend Amherst College. Our students greatly benefitted from listening to Stanley’s story and being able to ask him personal questions. Stanley is very open and honest with young people. He easily connects with them and offers valuable insight about how to manage the process to be accepted to college.

Stanley is welcome back to Coeur d’Alene High School any time. His expertise on how to prepare for college is extremely valuable to our students. Take the time to read Stanley’s book, Expanding College Opportunity, it will help your students prepare and successfully enter college.”

Dan Higbie, Guidance Counselor, Coeur d’Alene High School, Coeur d’Alene, ID


“My students and I are most appreciative of the information provided by Mr. Lemons. His expertise in the areas of college and career readiness and securing financial backing for the college journey was evident. The students were captivated by his words and inspired to get moving in their post-secondary planning pursuits. We appreciated his words of wisdom and charismatic approach. Thank you Mr. Lemons!”

Cassandra Bolding, Ed.S., Professional School Counselor, D.M. Therrell High School, Atlanta, GA


Your presentation was a tremendous blessing to all who attended and I cannot say enough about the practicality of the material. Many parents were greatly encouraged about the ease of the college process, especially those who may have started a little late in the journey. Even my son commented about how he enjoyed the workshop and how helpful the presentation was for him. Thank you again for coming.”

John Bradshaw, Youth Minister, Greenville Avenue Church of Christ, Richardson, TX 


“I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your time and talents shared with the ATC community last week. The students were able to experience just a small segment of what you have to offer through the How to Study sessions and I hope they pursue you for even more helpful and knowledgeable resources and proven solutions. Thank you and I look forward to working with you again soon!”

Tosha L. Bussey, Director of Library Services, Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta, GA


“We were fortunate to have Mr. Lemons from The Secret to Writing agency do a presentation that focused on how students/parents can expand college opportunities. Through his personal testimony and proven data, Mr. Lemons explained to parents such things as how a college essay can have a powerful impact in the admissions process and how students can optimize their high school years to increase their post secondary school options. Given our cluster theme of advanced curriculum and college readiness, we welcome more events Mr. Lemons may have to offer.”

Lamar J. Young, Ed.S, Professional School Counselor, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA


“Stan Lemons is a dynamic speaker who will engage any type of audience, young and old. In his well researched workshops and seminars on Expanding College Opportunity, Mr. Stan will not only provide helpful information to the students but will also help parents in how to prepare. Mr. Stan has also authored a book Expanding College Opportunity, which is a guide map to students and their parents on steps to take as they prepare for college. In today’s economy, the cost of higher education will continue to rise. Students and families must take a different approach in realizing the college goal. Expanding College Opportunity is a great vehicle to help you get there.”

Pastor Simon Nderi, Director of Youth Programs, Kenyan American Community Church, Marietta, GA


“Mr. Lemons did an outstanding job presenting to our 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents during a lunch and learn session. His wealth of knowledge was both personal as well as research based. His presentation was also interactive which gave parents an opportunity to ask questions as well as share parenting experiences. Mr. Lemons received excellent ratings from the parents in the evaluation after the presentation. I will certainly invite him again to our school. He provided much needed information to our parents that was found to be invaluable. Thank you, Stan.”

Dr. Vanita Moon, School Counselor, Snellville Middle School, Snellville, GA 


“Stan provided an absolutely informative, comprehensive presentation to our parents and students regarding the path to college. He offered his own experiences and made the topic relatable and inviting for everyone to ask questions. I enthusiastically recommend all parents, students, and schools offer the Expanding College Opportunity presentation, the information is extremely valuable!”

Kimberly Chinn, LMSW, Site Coordinator, Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Pebblebrook High School, Mableton, GA


“We cannot thank Mr. Lemons enough for coming to share his wisdom with our parents. At Camp Creek Middle School we have several students that will be first generation college students. Our parents need to know the steps to get their students to the right place. Mr. Lemons is a wealth of information. He went through his presentation and related everything to his personal experience. He spoke of his son and what his son needed to know. It was reassuring to hear that he has been through the process. Our parents were so at ease, and they were open with their questions and concerns. Mr. Lemons’ book and workbook are wonderful resources. As a school we use them to continue to educate our parents. With so much information on college and financial aid we need help and guidance. Mr. Lemons is the ultimate resource. We will continue to reach out to him in the future. Thank you Mr. Lemons!”

Amber Woods, School Counselor, Camp Creek Middle School, College Park, GA

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