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.
Agnes, 7th Grade. Getting into the acting field at any age is tricky. Agnes knows this and works everyday to achieve her goal. On her first day at School on Wheels Learning Center, Agnes wrote a paper about the time she was scammed by a talent agency. She did not speak of this in a negative light. She merely mentioned all the lessons she learned, and how she planned on working hard to get a real manager and agent. I could already see she was focused and wise for her age. Although she was behind academically, Agnes would come to the center and complete her homework without hesitation. Then she walked to the back area to practice monologues she printed off the internet. Practicing the monologues was an excellent way to improve her reading skills and her confidence. Seeing someone of any age with this much passion and motivation is enjoyable but seeing this in a teenager living in a homeless shelter is an inspiration!
Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor
Gabriel, 5th Grade. Tutoring Gabriel has truly been the highlight of every week. I always look forward to his youthful energy. It is exciting to see him push himself and articulate new concepts in his own words. Since we’ve been working together, I have seen his reading and writing skills develop the most. Gabriel enjoys writing stories and would like to someday become a writer. During Shark Week, we had so much fun reading about sharks and talking about the Megalodon. He also shows an amazing aptitude for grasping new mathematical concepts, and loves to practice his skills using iPad games that test his speed and memory.
Way to go, Gabriel!
Keegan Farrell, Tutor
Rasela, 7th Grade. I’ve known Rasela for five months. She has been a joy to work with. Rasela is self motivated and very bright. She is very mature and helps the younger students with their work. She also plays volleyball for her school and hopes to play professionally in the future. I have no doubt that Rasela will be successful.
Kenisha Edwards, Regional Coordinator
Caleb, 6th Grade. Caleb is a delight to tutor. She always has a positive attitude and a big smile on her face when I arrive. Even when Caleb isn’t excited about the subject matter, such as math flash cards, she digs in and concentrates without complaint. Caleb is a motivated learner; it is rare that she hasn’t already finished her homework when I arrive. She is enthusiastic about many subjects, particularly history and mythology. She was even excited to prepare for an oral reading test which she aced! We also have a lot of fun during our sessions; Caleb is tutoring me about current fashion styles and popular actors.
It was very exciting to see that Caleb’s hard work paid off as she received top marks across the board on her first report card of the school year! Caleb has told me she wants to be an historian. With her positive attitude, I’m sure she will be a success at anything she chooses to do.
Jenn Urick, Tutor
I could not ask for a more, perfect student than Caleb. Together we have developed sixteen different math games using nothing more than cards, dice, and the little movers from board games. Considering the award that she received for improving her grades, I would say that these are proven to work! Despite her affinity for math, she is even more excited about history, mythology (especially Greek mythology), pop culture, and writing. Caleb has expressed interest in being either a journalist or an historian. She loves to write and discover new things about the past. I have never seen her eyes light up as brightly as when she talks about myths and legends from ancient times. With her positive attitude and constant determination, I have no doubt that Caleb will find as much success in her future professional endeavors as she does in her current education!
Jeremy Blum, Tutor
Evan, Kindergarten. Evan is a bright student. I have been tutoring him since November. He is a quick learner, working on his counting and reading. Evan demonstrates his willingness to learn when he arrives at our tutoring sessions on time and with his homework in hand. He even gives me his feedback on what I can do to maximize his learning experience. Evan enjoys laughing, eating McDonald’s food, outdoor activities and also likes listening to Justin Bieber. I enjoy being able to assist him.
Virna Solano, Tutor
Yakal, 6th Grade. Yakal is an inquisitive, imaginative, energetic and fun-loving student who excels in the areas of math and science. He aspires to follow his interest in those subjects and pursue a career in finance or engineering. The importance of a good education is not lost on Yakal. He understands that performance in the classroom translates to success in the real world. Since joining the School on Wheels program, he’s become more organized, disciplined and focused in his studies. Furthermore his upbeat attitude makes him an ideal student and a joy to work with. Outside of the classroom Yakal enjoys drawing and getting lost in the world of science fiction and fantasy books, comics and video games, particularly Assassins Creed.
Britt Leach, Tutor
Jasimba, 2nd Grade. Jasimba and his Tutor Devin have been working together since May 2012; Devin says:
“Jasimba is a diligent and enthusiastic student. He is always eager to work and full of insightful questions. He is also a very talented artist with a great imagination. Tutoring has been a very fulfilling experience for me. Most of all, I enjoy helping my student identify his interests. It’s a great feeling when I see him become excited about something new and continue to pursue it on his own. I’m very grateful to School On Wheels for the opportunity to do this.”
Devin Doyle, Tutor
Erika, 4th Grade. I have been tutoring Erika for about 4 months. In this time, Erika has shown her commitment to learning and has turned around her grades, especially in math. Erika is a remarkable young woman. She is hard working and never gives up. She is respectful and always does her best work. Her mother reports that she seems more confident about her school work and is motivated to persist in difficult areas. I am so proud of Erika and the accomplishments she has made and continues to make. I wish her all the success in school and all her endeavors.
Tazin Yunis, Tutor
Zachary, 4th Grade. Zachary is working very hard and has raised all of his grades from the beginning of the school year. Zac is a great student to tutor; he focuses on his school work and takes tutoring seriously. He tells me he wants to do well in school because he wants to go to college one day to have a better life. Zachary has done a great job and comes prepared each session.
Geraldine Sanchez, Tutor
Miguel, 3rd Grade. Miguel is a very fast learner who loves to read and write. His mother is eager for him to succeed in school and wants to help him in any way she can. Miguel is very compassionate and open to help others. He learned this from other people who have helped him and his family when they had a need. His dream is to work for the FBI when he grows up and to help people who are in need of help. He is a good role model to his younger brother. Miguel is active in sports and enjoys playing/learning sports like basketball and karate.
Jennifer Jang, Tutor