ForwarDirections – Educational Coaches / College & Career Planning


We are two lifelong California educators who believe that all students need the right guidance to determine their direction after high school. Together, we launched ForwarDirections in 2015 as a non-profit organization to build a network of students via online tools to share, discuss, and collaborate about their future directions. You will benefit from professional guidance provided by an independent educational coach. That’s why ForwarDirections was created. We hope this service and website will be a useful resource for students, parents and high school counselors.

No matter your age, ForwarDirections is ready to support you with ongoing college and career guidance.

Our mission is to help college-bound students “find their direction” by assessing the whole person, exploring path options, and securing financial aid so they can create a fulfilling career and life.


rob.headshotsm.Sept2010Rob Darrow, Ed.D., College Admissions Counseling Certificate

Rob has worked in California public education for 33 years as an online high school principal, district librarian, and teacher before moving into the world of consulting to help colleges and school districts implement online and blended learning programs. His research interests include career coaching, teacher effectiveness, online and blended learning, and school libraries. He is passionate about coaching students and adults as part of the ForwarDirections network. Rob lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Rob’s Resume * Twitter * LinkedIn * Wiki


Carole.March2015Carole Smoot, M.A., College Admissions Counseling Certificate

Carole is a lifelong educator having served as an elementary, intermediate, high school, and Advanced Placement teacher in California public schools for the past 37 years. During that time, she coached History Day, Academic Decathlon, drama, and had the pleasure of guiding numerous students in their completion of successful college applications. She is passionate about students of all ages and the opportunity to help them discover and pursue their futures through the ForwarDirections network. Carole lives in Fresno, California.

Carole’s Resume

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Serving students and their families since 2014.