As an ESL teacher in New York City, I saw that multicultural students wanted to learn, but classroom materials weren’t relatable to their own cultural experience. I learned of the significant difference in the classroom when culturally relevant materials were introduced into the learning experience and how we all can benefit. Early in my career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in New York City, I had many students recently arrived from Latin American countries. But “after an intensive month of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ I understood that I had a major predicament in my hands. Determined to bridge that gap, I discovered the power of authentic and meaningful relevant literature, which constructed bridges of understanding to teach students to learn English, stay in school and pass citywide exams at the same time. Fast-forward 2014, purpose was calling me to come to Central Florida and use my 30 year teaching experience to facilitate language learning and get teens college and career ready. As the migration shift moved towards Central Florida, I knew I could use my initial teaching experience and “jumpstart” their academic experience. Florida has other demands, but it has been a revolving door experience that has him "flash-backing" to NYC. After several years in Florida, I have been able to open the academic doors that had been shut for many of the recently arrived. Today me Coming to America educational program has rerouted the vision and promises to impact millions of second language learners throughout the triangle (New York, California and Florida) and every state in America. Coming to America is published its 3rd edition, a collection of unique memoirs that depict the journey of those who arrived with hopes, dreams and uncertainties in their particular and distinct young voices. I fueled by the power of making a difference and observing how students become academically competent through the seeds that I share with them.