Every month we ask our regional staff to nominate a star student. Our students receive a special certificate for being nominated. It is a great privilege to work with these amazing students.
Kerwin, 8th Grade. Comparing Kerwin today to his behavior when he first joined School on Wheels is pretty exciting. When he began coming to the learning center, Kerwin walked in with a smirk and short answers of “Yeah” and “I guess” to any question he was asked. After a few sessions trying various methods and activities, Kerwin began to shine. The change was noticeable the day he won a riddle contest. Since then, he proudly walks in with math tests he has aced and notes of encouragement from his teachers. Kerwin enjoys his daily reward of playing on the PS3 and being able to beat everyone at basketball! Seeing Kerwin feel proud of himself and all he has accomplished is truly an honor and an inspiration.
Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center instructor
Robert, 8th Grade. Robert is 14 years old. When I met him, Robert was getting kicked out of class several times each week. He did not like his teachers and refused to do the work. Robert has come a long way in a short while. He goes to his classes everyday and his grades have sharply improved. This past week he even made it to the Honor Roll at his school. Robert wants to one day join the police force. By focusing on their basic educational requirements, he is now on track to his goal.
Way to go, Robert!
Matthew Haze, Tutor
Daisy, 4th Grade. Daisy is Student of the Month because of her eagerness to learn and positive attitude despite various distractions at the shelter. She has shown great improvement academically and in her behavior. When I first met Daisy, she didn’t want to participate in tutoring. Now, she’s the first to greet the tutors as they walk in. I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Daisy’s success.
Kenisha Edwards, Regional Coordinator
Ulysses, 11th Grade. When I first met Ulysses I immediately realized how kind, considerate, and caring he was. And my first impression of him stuck. The more I got to know him, the more I was impressed with his dedication and desire to learn. I will never forget the moment I heard him saying he couldn’t believe our session was already over. He was actually enjoying… math! He was motivated and confident. And soon his grades significantly improved.
Unfortunately, he moved to a different location. I couldn’t continue tutoring him, but I am sure that School On Wheels has made a difference in his life. He is now applying to college. I am very proud of him.
Ulysses, I wish you all the best and hope your dreams come true.
Raquel Abreu, Tutor
Elizabeth, 2nd Grade . Elizabeth is a young and hardworking girl. She walks into the library each time we meet with a smile on her face. Whether she has a simple math problem or a long passage to read, she makes her best effort. Elizabeth does not mind putting her homework before fun activities and looks forward to the reward after. Her favorite subject is math; Elizabeth loves being taught new techniques. No matter what educational path she chooses in future, Elizabeth will put her best effort into it.
Abigail Shipley, Tutor
Caden, 2nd Grade. Caden is the awesome, spunky, intelligent, fun-loving child that I tutor. The first time I met him I could immediately tell he was a great kid, and I was not wrong. Since tutoring Caden, we have formed a connection that I would not trade for the world. As a volunteer, I get to help a child with his/her school work but the coolest part about being a School on Wheels volunteer is that I get to connect with him on a personal level. Thanks to School on Wheels, not only have I had the opportunity to give back to my community, but I have forged a relationship with someone who always makes me smile.
School on Wheels has been an experience I will not forget anytime soon. I started volunteering thinking I would help the community. Little did I know, I would end up meeting someone who is like a little brother to me.
Max Millspaugh, Tutor
Adriana, 3rd Grade. Adriana is eight years old and in the third grade. She’s a wonderfully sweet young lady who thoroughly enjoys helping others. Whenever I come to the shelter, she runs up to greet me, offers to help me with the things I need to get done and tells me all about how things are going at school. Adriana also loves talking to me about her tutoring sessions with Rachael, who she thinks is a fun tutor .Adriana’s favorite subjects is math and she loves to do art projects. I believe Adriana has the ability to be anything she wants to be when she grows up; at the moment her dream is to become an artist.
Lisette Gaeta, Regional Coordinator
Briana, 7th Grade. I had the pleasure of meeting Briana last year in February. Like most people who meet someone for the first time, Briana was timid and apprehensive in our first encounter. However, since then she has warmed up to me as her tutor and someone she is able to confide in. Briana is an extremely caring and bright individual who has overcome many obstacles. Instead of succumbing to the barriers she has faced in life, she has used them as an incentive to prosper in all aspects of her life. She has won various awards and cares deeply about her schoolwork. Along with being a thoughtful sister to her younger brothers and a loving daughter, she is a pleasure to have as a student. Briana is an astonishing young lady who will succeed in all her future endeavors if she continues with her diligent mindset.
Daniela Flores, Tutor
Julieanne, 2nd Grade. Julieanne is a joy to work with. I enjoy finding interesting worksheets for her to complete, especially in the area of nonfiction reading comprehension. HerJulieanne’s mom recently told me that after a tutor session, the entire family learned how popcorn pops!
Barbara Penland, Tutor