Author: School on Wheels

Apr 13

Changing Attitudes and Behavior in Your Tutoring Sessions

Does your student give up when work is difficult? Does he/she act out in a group setting? In this workshop, elementary teacher and School on Wheels tutor Natalie Platon provides tips and techniques for managing student behavior and increasing motivation. Topics include combating the “I can’t” attitude, helping to focus fidgety students, and using positive reinforcement constructively.

About the Presenter: Natalie Platon has over seven years of experience working with K-12th grade students in different capacities and possesses a multiple subjects teaching credential. She has a deep passion for working in diverse and underserved communities and has worked in after-school programs, tutoring organizations, shelters, and schools. She currently works at KIPP Iluminar Academy in East LA as a full-time substitute teacher.

Mar 23

Resume and Cover Letter Writing 101

This workshop addresses the art of resume and cover letter writing and is geared toward students with little or no work experience. Help students get over the angst of resume writing with a few helpful tips. Unlock the secret to finding the “keywords” that employers are looking for in resumes and cover letters. This webinar covers several types of resumes recommended for high schoolers, whether they are seeking full or part-time employment.

Download a PDF here.

About the Presenter: Irene Tirella initially began teaching basic business skills at an alternative high school for disadvantaged women in 1994. She also taught English as a second language in both the US and Asia and has tutored all grade levels from Kindergarten through college. Additionally, Irene worked as a job coach and mentor with the Department of Defense, where she helped service members transition from military to civilian life. More recently Irene worked at Brooks Institute as a career adviser helping students and alumni with their work search efforts. Currently she is an Educational Consultant specializing in classroom management strategies.

Feb 6

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

Every year School on Wheels nominates volunteers to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Award recipients receive an official President’s Volunteer Service Award medal, a personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Below, find a list of this year’s award recipients.  Congratulations to you all!

Alexander Sviridov Bronze
Ali Mourad Bronze
Alonso Quintero Bronze
Amarilis Bolanos Bronze
Ana Terrell Bronze
Andrew Meyer Bronze
Angela Zhang Bronze
Ann Buckley Bronze
Ann Klein Bronze
Anndrea Nelson Bronze
Annie Sui Gold
April Cha Bronze
Arianne Neumark Bronze
Arpine Galstyan Silver
Ashley McGuinness Bronze
Ashley Peterson Bronze
Attila Szenczi Bronze
Barbara Penland Bronze
Barbara Speicher Bronze
Barbara Wells Bronze
Brandon Mann Bronze
Brenda Ramirez Bronze
Bria Gaines Bronze
Brian Shepherd Bronze
Brock Ruebel Bronze
Bruce Ward Bronze
Bryan Rupley Bronze
Cameron Geller Bronze
Cami Bern Bronze
Camille Boag Bronze
Carl Carson Bronze
Carlos Apodaca Gold
Catherine Meek Gold
Catherine Meek Bronze
Cathie Alter Bronze
Charles Johnson Bronze
Chelsea Kroeker Bronze
Cheyne Burton Bronze
Chris Goodman Bronze
Christopher Cole Bronze
Christopher Donnellon Bronze
Christopher Kowalchuk Bronze
Claudia Gack Bronze
Daerique Jamison Bronze
Daisy Cruz Cervantes Bronze
Damion Wagner Bronze
Danyelle Fowler Bronze
Darren Sepanek Bronze
David Kagen Bronze
Deborah Chankin Bronze
Deborah Myers Bronze
Deborah Woods Bronze
Denise Coleman Bronze
Destiny Mendez Silver
Dick Bennett Bronze
Dinah Piggott Bronze
Donna Price Bronze
Edith Flores Bronze
Edward Cimatu Jr Bronze
Eileen Speer Bronze
Elisabeth Egelko Bronze
Erica Haaseth Bronze
Erin Fitts Bronze
Esther Cho Silver
Evan Panas Bronze
Farid Holakouee Bronze
Francis Villareal Bronze
Franklin Rutherford Bronze
Gabriel Ephron Bronze
Genia Telkamp Bronze
Gillian Smith Bronze
Gretchen Garnett Bronze
Haley Cobb Gold
Heidi Vogl Bronze
Helene Rioux Bronze
Ian Chan Bronze
Iris Portillo Gold
Jacklin DieBold Bronze
James McCuskey Bronze
Jane Shirk Bronze
Janki Patel Bronze
Jay Cramer Bronze
Jean Edison Bronze
Jennifer Phan Bronze
Jerry Edwards Bronze
Jesse Valenzuela Bronze
Jezz Quibal Bronze
Jimmy Chan Bronze
Jimmy Dhanapanth Silver
Joan Cashel Bronze
Joel Safranek Bronze
John Park Bronze
Jonathan Simmons Bronze
Jose Montiel Bronze
Joseph Soulsby Bronze
Joseph Webb Bronze
Josie Azzam Bronze
Joyce Neu Bronze
Judith Stamper Bronze
Juliette Brown Bronze
Justin Paul Bragado Bronze
Karen Castaneda Silver
Karen Gray Bronze
Karen Ross Bronze
Karisa Witham Bronze
Kate McNeil Bronze
Kathleen Olinger Bronze
Kathy Jarman Bronze
Katy Michaelis Bronze
Kelly Washkewicz Bronze
Kevin Widarma Bronze
Kristen Schulle-Griffin Bronze
Kylie Banks Bronze
Ladan Sheikholeslam Bronze
Laura Espejo Silver
Lauren Tess Bronze
Lina Bahn Bronze
Linda Gottlieb Bronze
Lisa Beedle Bronze
Lisa Olmstead Bronze
Lisa Pullins Gold
Lisa Yu Bronze
Lizette Rodriguez Gold
Luisa Latham Bronze
Manmadh Rebba Bronze
Marcela Rodriguez Bronze
Marcia Rothman Bronze
Marcy Anderson Bronze
Margaret MacCurdy Bronze
Margaret Wells Bronze
Margery Cosgrove Bronze
Margie Johnson Bronze
Maria Ortiz Bronze
Mariana Castellanos Gold
Matthew Costa Bronze
Matthew Lind Bronze
Maxine Cruz Bronze
Megan Robbins Bronze
Megan Sullivan Bronze
Megan Velo Bronze
Melinda Hambrick Bronze
Mercedes Hendricks Bronze
Mgo Talarian Bronze
Michael Erzingher Bronze
Michael Schultz Bronze
Michelle Chebeir Bronze
Michelle Curtin Bronze
Miriam Leserman Bronze
Mona Tse Bronze
Monica Carrillo Bronze
Nader Farahat Bronze
Nancy Ayon Bronze
Nancy Okamoto Bronze
Natalie Ferbezar Bronze
Natalie Platon Bronze
Nazanin Kotobi Bronze
nesrin misif Bronze
Norma Perez Bronze
Osmond Cruz Bronze
Pamela Fleischer Bronze
Patricia Basualdo Bronze
Patricia Lester Bronze
Patrick Jong Bronze
Paul Godoy Bronze
Paula De La Rosa Bronze
Peggy Sanders Bronze
Peter Banachowski Bronze
Pouye Sedighian Bronze
Pranit Kumaran Silver
Priscilla In Bronze
Raven Loya Bronze
Rebecca Anders Bronze
Rena Hayami Bronze
Renee Thurau Bronze
Ronak Reshamwala Bronze
Roy Friedland Bronze
Sahand Pirbadian Bronze
Samuel McKean Bronze
Sarah Talaei Bronze
Seth Sanders Bronze
Sharla Fisher Bronze
Shauna Longstaff Bronze
Sheryl Luttrell Bronze
Stephanie Jost Bronze
Steven Cox Bronze
Steven Mynsberge Bronze
Susan Edelman Bronze
Sylvia Carlisle Bronze
Taly Ginsberg Bronze
Tereisa Lytle Bronze
Thomas Niskanen Bronze
Tolulope Popoola Bronze
Tomer Gurantz Bronze
Valentina Savelyeva Bronze
Valeryia Hryb Bronze
Virginia Olson Bronze
Wendy Rodriguez Bronze
Winnie Strohmeyer Gold
Yalda Kotobi Bronze

Dec 1

Students of the Month – December 2016

Online Tutoring:

Nate, School on Wheels Student of the Month

“Nate (5th Grade) loves art and he also knows that he needs to work on his math skills. So, I thought, let’s combine the two! We’ve worked together on coloring sheets: for every part of a drawing he colored, we worked on a math problem. One hour, once a week, for 2 months. Nate has gone from struggling to add to mastering his times tables. Even on days when he feels overwhelmed, Nate never gives up. It has been a joy to work with him.” – Ian Chan – Online Tutor


Skid Row Learning Center:

Lily, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Lily (Kindergarten) is one of the sweetest, funniest, most precocious kindergarteners you’ll ever meet. Every day Lily comes in joyful and ready to learn. Her willingness to complete her homework and her commitment to excellence are a sight to see!



Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay Cities:

Aliyah, School on Wheels Student of the Month

“Aliyah is an amazing kindergartner. I ask her every session if there is anything she wants to work on (besides her coloring skills) and was surprised when she wanted to learn the Pledge of Allegiance. It makes sense as she is new to school, but I’ve never had that request before and it shows how seriously Aliyah takes her role as student. I look forward to our sessions together and wonder how she will amaze me next week. Thank you, School on Wheels, for this opportunity!” – Sheryl Luttrell, Tutor


Region 7 – San Fernando Valley:

Jadelynn, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Jadelynn (4th Grade) is a sweet fourth grader with a lot of potential. She is very funny, intelligent, competitive and creative. She has a lot of energy and shows a great passion for learning. Her goal for the future is to become a teacher at the elementary school that she attends. – Maya McKeever, Tutor


Region 8 – Ventura County:

Bobbie, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Bobbie (6th Grade) – “When not doing homework, Bobbie enjoys dancing — specifically hip-hop and ballet — and hopes to become a choreographer. As an avid reader, Bobbie has become a fairly good speller and will be competing in the local spelling bee. She has an insatiable appetite for learning, but the best part about our sessions is when she looks at me with the “I get it now” look. Just priceless! It has been an honor to be her tutor.” – Kathy Jarman, Tutor


Region 12 – North Orange County:

Caleb, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Caleb (7th Grade) – “At first, Caleb was hesitant to give new things a try and he would only give short, quick responses to questions. He has become much more comfortable challenging himself with new or difficult activities. With a solid amount of dedication, consistency, and determination, reading is now his favorite activity. I am proud of his improvement and excited to see his progression continue in the upcoming months.” – Jacob Maldonado, Tutor

Dec 1

Tutors of the Month – December 2016

Skid Row Learning Center:

Daniela Elizondo, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Daniela Elizondo – I am honored to have Daniela as a member of our team! After meeting her, you would never guess that she was in high school. She is one of my most consistent and flexible tutors. We can count on her every Tuesday to come in and help any elementary student that asks no matter what the subject. She is the ideal role model and volunteer.


Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay Cities:

Sheryl Luttrell, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Sheryl Luttrell – Sheryl is a dedicated tutor, and has been with SOW for almost three years now. She is always willing to jump in and help wherever is needed. It is wonderful to know that her students can count on her. Thank you for all that you do for SOW!



Region 7 – San Fernando Valley:

Maya McKeever, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Maya McKeever is such a kind, consistent, and talented tutor! I am so impressed with the connection she made with her student. In her own words, “I began tutoring with School on Wheels almost a year ago. I wanted to find a way to be more supportive in my community, especially within the scope of socioeconomic discrepancies and education. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to tutor every week, my student brings me a lot of laughs and learning experiences.”


Region 8 – Ventura County:

Kathy Jarman, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Kathy Jarman has been a tutor with School on Wheels for over a year, and as a lifelong learner she has incorporated a passion for knowledge and lessons learned from her own mentors into her sessions in an effort to inspire and encourage our students: “I have learned more from my students than I ever expected. My first student taught me that teaching, just like most things in life, needs to be individualized. And when it is done properly, it makes all the difference in the world.”


Region 12 – North Orange County:

Jacob Maldonado, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Jacob Maldonado – “Currently, I am continuing my education to become a history/social studies teacher. When I learned about School on Wheels’ weekly tutoring service, I was excited to take advantage of this great opportunity and gain more one-on-one experience with students. I am very grateful that tutoring with School on Wheels has given me a chance to enhance my teaching skills and to make a significant difference in a student’s life.”


Online Tutoring:

Catherine Luo, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Catherine Luo – “This was my first time tutoring and I’ve learned so much about how far a little bit of patience and constant encouragement can go. I’ve come to truly value education as a tool for empowering young students growing up in difficult situations, and I’m constantly inspired by how dedicated my student’s mother is to her daughter’s education. I look forward to learning about my student’s new endeavors each week and hope to continue encouraging her to achieve what she sets out to do.”