Congratulations to G1DPR Program Manager Michelle Sandoval

Congratulations to Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera Program Manager, Michelle Sandoval, who was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). As a role model to the students at El Rancho High School, Michelle was nominated for outstanding dedication to excellence in the profession.

Michelle has been working diligently with our current senior class. Just this past month she held several workshops to make sure students completed and submitted their college applications on time. Through Michelle’s leadership at El Rancho High School, Generation 1st Degree is helping students maintain a successful pathway to college. We checked in with a few ERHS alum in their freshman year to see how Generation 1st Degree has helped them survive college life so far.

G1DPR’s programs, and Michelle helped me perfect my college essays. I think that greatly helped me in getting into my dream college. G1DPR’s programs also helped me understand FAFSA and the financial part about applying to college. After I was accepted, Michelle connected me with people on my campus who now have even helped me get a job. Michelle’s dedication is one main reason why I was able to get a full scholarship and get into my dream school. I’m very grateful to Generation 1st Degree and Michelle for our academic relationship.
–Marcela Cisneros, Stanford

G1DPR definitely put me numerous steps ahead of the game and made me feel confident in my abilities. Michelle was a great leader and friend to all, which made the process a lot less intimidating!
— Jocelyn Estrada, CSU Fullerton


College has been crazy. I’ve been able to handle it because G1DPR prepared me for the reality of being on my own. I’m responsible and proactive in my first year of college, which has helped me become comfortable as a student at UCSD.
—Armando Godoy – Velasquez, UCSD

Michelle Sandoval really helped me to prepare for college by constantly reminding me to manage my time. So far this has helped me stay on top of my work.
–Daniel Martinez, UC Davis


G1DPR helped me mentally prepare myself for college, especially on how hard it was going to be and how much hard work we would have to put in. The guest speakers who came to talk to us about the college experience and answer our questions, really gave me a realistic idea about how it was going to be.
Because of G1DPR, I feel I’m a more responsible and productive person and I thank you all for that.
–Jazly Rojas, CSU-Fresno