I'm impressed and not surprised because knowing your dad as my favorite teacher and coach who always focused on us all as people and made us laugh so we could learn without freaking out, I can see those same genuine qualities in your character. Cool choices because I'll bet your daughter has benefited from them, and that's enormous.
I have a different, yet in some ways similar path. I started at the U of M in liberal arts, but I could only take a few classes at a time while working my way through, when I got married and became the breadwinner without my degree finished so that Mike could focus on starting a 3D rendering business of his own. I couldn't juggle it all and school lost out, but I was lucky to get a job in the early 90's at a start up where I was the third employee of three founders and they gave me the chance to dig my hands in on the marketing stuff. 9 1/2 years later, around the time I decided to leave that company, I also went through a divorce and then in figuring out who I was, I reinvented myself as a marketing contractor. One thing led to another, but overall I know I overcompensate in my efforts due to the lack of degree. That's the short version if you can believe it. There were a lot of struggles along the way and it kind of looks more impressive in print than the behind the scenes version. :^U I've been really lucky to figure out in the last year that when I start following my intuition more, it gets easier in some ways.
Absolutely, I'd really enjoy sharing more about this client and others in the education area and catching up. It was such a wild flash back to see Mike Downs and the others classmates. I felt like I was 17 again (maybe mentally I always have been :^o). Plus I've met some colleagues who came out of the eLearning area early on. My Gmail is karihavir and we should probably connect on LinkedIn too where those colleagues can be found and networked with. I'm pretty sure I have that under my me@ address at MarketingEco.
Talk to you soon!