Andres Martin is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in North County of San Diego, California. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in School Counseling with a PPS credential from the University of San Diego. He is currently a school counselor in Ramona, California. He serves as Vice President of the BECA Foundation, a nonprofit scholarship organization for Latinos and has served as a board member for several nonprofit organizations, including the Encuentros Latino Leadership program, the North County Health Services Clinics, and the San Diego Padres Hispanic Community Leadership Council.Andres has traveled extensively and has given lectures and worked with parents, counselors, psychologists and teachers in their respective countries, including México, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and China. In 2008, Mr. Martin was recognized with The COX Communication Hispanic Heritage Month Award in recognition of his positive role model work within the Hispanic/Latino community in San Diego. In 2009 he was awarded the Alumni of the Year at the Parent Migrant Education Annual Conference for his support of Migrant Education students throughout the state of California. In 2011 Mr. Martin was bestowed the “Cesar E. Chavez Humanitarian award” by the California Teachers Association for his work with K-16 students.