John was an Upward Bound student for four years. He attended the University of Montana from 1998 through 2002 and was an Upward Bound counselor and Bridge Coordinator during his junior and senior years.
After graduating from UM with a B.A. in Geography with High Honors, John moved to Alaska in 2003. He has started his own consulting business, Nasset Consulting Services, to train K-12 teachers on using math and reading software.