I love inspiring students and families, and I'm very active in community and civic groups as well as many professional organizations. I'm in great demand as a motivational and inspirational speaker and have presented thousands of speeches and seminars through the US. Struck with Polio at the age of 15 months in 1949, I strive to serve as an inspiration to everyone I meet. Most people have never seen me without a smile. I strongly believe that the only things you cannot do are the things you do not attempt. Hard work and determination lead to success. Most people have never seen me without a smile. I have made equity and access a hallmark of my career and work to provide equal opportunity to everyone. I am passionate about The Arts, Preschool, and Rachel's Challenge, a national anti-bullying program. In addition to being the former Fresno County Superintendent, I am a minister, motivational speaker, writer, actor, singer, and songwriter.