Category: Our Volunteers

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

Oct 4

Heather Hemmens Talks About Why Homeless Children Need our Help

Heather Hemmens is an actress best known for her roles in The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) and If Loving You is Wrong (2014). But better to known to School on Wheels as amazing tutor, volunteer and friend. She is celebrating her 1 year anniversary as a School on Wheels tutor working with homeless students, in this short, yet powerful video.

Jun 20

Tutor story– Jacklin DieBold

To become a School on Wheels volunteer, Jacklin DieBold needed to really WANT to tutor a child.  She lives in the Santa Barbara area and traveled thirty miles to attend the Tutor Training in Ventura. Without a computer, she also needed to find a way to log her hours each week.  With determination, Jackie asked her grandson to log her hours on his computer. Now she is thinking of asking him to tutor with her.

Helping children and youth learn is natural for Jackie, who is a retired teacher. She began her teaching career in Canada in a country school with a class of students in first through third grades. When her family moved to the United States, Jackie continued teaching a variety of different grades from kindergarten through high school.  

Last October Jackie was introduced to her first School on Wheels student, a grade school boy living at a community shelter. Jackie was present when the family faced the difficult loss of the boy’s younger sibling.  During the tragedy, she stayed in touch with her student’s teacher to see how he was coping; she also showed her care to her student’s mother. Now her student’s mother is learning to speak some English so she can communicate with Jackie. Jackie has built a bridge of support with her student and his family.

According to Jackie, tutoring has helped her remain humble and enriched her life.  Jackie says that as a School on Wheels volunteer she has seen some of the difficulties homeless families face.  She described a time when her student didn’t attend his tutoring session because he and his mother missed getting to the bus on time. However, Jackie also enjoys seeing her student do better in school.  He has joined a soccer team after school, loving the chance to participate with his team members. Although this boy has suffered much loss, he has met a friend in Jackie and is learning that he has the ability to grow and succeed at school.   

Oct 5

Zoo on Wheels

The Girl Scout Gold Award Project represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Kaitlyn Li dedicated her project to School on Wheels by creating this video field trip of the Los Angeles Zoo together with a post-quiz for our students to learn and explore. If you are a tutor with us, please feel free to use this video and attached quiz during one of your tutoring sessions.

Thank you, Kaitlyn, for all your hard work and for providing a chance for our students to tour the Los Angeles Zoo through this video. Kaitlyn will be taking a group of our Skid Row Learning Center students on an in-person tour of the Los Angeles Zoo in the summer of 2016. Thank you so much, Kaitlyn!

Video Quiz (PDF)

Quiz Answer Key (PDF)

Oct 1

Refer a Friend to School on Wheels and Co-tutor!

Cameron and Anne Tutors of the Month

Anne and Cameron Deguzman, April 2015 Tutors of the Month

Do you enjoy tutoring with School on Wheels but wish you could do it with someone you know? Refer your friends to School on Wheels and consider co-tutoring!

We have many co-tutoring groups that tutor our amazing students each week in various regions. An example of how unique a co-tutoring pair can be is seen in the dynamic duo, Anne and Cameron Deguzman.

Anne and Cameron are a mother and son pair who tutor in the Orange County region. They started tutoring with us in the summer of 2014 and have done an outstanding job ever since. Currently, they are tutoring two brothers who are very close in age. Each week, they discover new ways to work with the boys and keep them engaged. They enjoy co-tutoring because it is a rewarding and fun experience. They enjoy coming together to figure out different answers to problems, and they feel extreme satisfaction once they do. Best of all, they can celebrate together.

Anne has always been an advocate for education, which is something she passed down to her children. Cameron wanted an opportunity to get out of his comfort zone and help those in need around him. Cameron, along with his mother, felt that School on Wheels was the best fit for tutoring in their community.

According to Anne, there are more benefits to co-tutoring than tutoring solo. One of the benefits of co-tutoring from the pair’s perspective is the fact that you can bounce ideas off each other for how to improve the tutoring experience for the students and for yourselves. You can also receive feedback from someone you trust.

You may know someone close to you who you would love to tutor with, and if you refer them to our organization, we can make it happen. The great thing about co-tutoring is that you can pair with just about anyone, whether it’s your best friend, your sibling, or your spouse, and you can tutor at a location that’s best for you. The possibilities are unlimited!

Our Refer a Friend Challenge continues until October 16, which means if you refer your friends or others within the next couple of weeks, you have the chance to win a gift certificate from an area restaurant!

Make sure your friends select “Friend/Word of Mouth” from the “How did you hear about SOW” drop down menu on the application and include your name in the “Other” field.

Here is a link to our recruitment flyer; maybe you have a local coffee shop, a bulletin board at work or a library where you could post it. Take a picture of the flyer and share it with your followers on Instagram or Twitter. Post a link to the School on Wheels application on your Facebook!

We thank you for continuing  to share your time and talent with students in need–and for spreading the word.

Sep 14

Refer a Friend to School on Wheels and Win!

Do you love tutoring with School on Wheels? Do you want to share that experience with a friend and help us reach even more homeless students in Southern California?

Our fall Refer a Friend Challenge begins today, September 14th, and will run through October 16th. During this time, we ask all current and former School on Wheels volunteers to refer friends, colleagues, family members, or anyone else who might be interested in tutoring with us. Make sure your friends select “Friend/Word of Mouth” from the “How did you hear about SOW” drop down menu on the application and include your name in the “Other” field.

The tutor who refers the most friends will receive an area gift certificate, and all other participants will be entered to win prizes in a raffle!

Here is a link to our recruitment flyer; maybe you have a local coffee shop, a bulletin board at work or a library where you could post it. Take a picture of the flyer and share it with your followers on Instagram or Twitter. Post a link to the School on Wheels application on your Facebook!

Thank you for continuing to share your time and talent with students in need.