Category: Star Students

Nov 6

Students of the Month – November 2018

Region 5:

Gabriel (11th grade) – I love seeing Gabriel brighten up when we talk about art and clothing! He’s very interested in becoming the best person and truly understanding what interests him! We sit and sketch together during the week and talk about shading, contouring, construction of garments, and croquis! – Eric Garcia, Tutor

 

Region 1:

Marco (age 16) – Marco and I work on his projects and homework together each week. Most of the time we are going over things as a recap or moving forward and learning something new. Marco is a smart, funny, intelligent and creative student. We are in the process of designing a game, and I will be teaching him how to code using Unity. He was responsible for the design, concept and gameplay. Over the past few weeks I have seen Marco grow in his confidence with schoolwork and ability to problem solve. He shows a great interest in coding and biology, which is perfect for designing biology-related programs. Keep up the great work, buddy! – Jeremy Agrusa, Tutor

 

Region 2:

Layben, Nytirri, and Lamar – There are few kids’ rituals as important as Saturday morning cartoons, but the siblings Layben, Nytirri and Lamar are always eager to work on math, kindly helping us set up the chairs and tables without being asked.

In the first few sessions, Layben (kindergarten) was more reserved, and I hardly heard him speak. After more one-on-one time, I have found he has a burgeoning sense of humor, playing jokes while I watch him make speedy progress on addition and subtraction.

Nytirri (2nd grade) reminds me of me as a child, with her diligence and her affinity for arts and crafts. If you teach her something new, she will master it by the next week and ask you to give her a more difficult problem set. Sometimes, she makes her own problems and teaches them to us.

Lamar (3rd grade) is equally devoted, bringing his own workbook to do extra practice at the end of a lesson. He loves brain games, like word searches and chess. He quickly learned the rules of chess one day, then taught them to the other students. As the oldest, he has a sense of confidence that I feel will enable him to be a leader.

Charlotte Kim, Tutor

 

Online Tutoring:

Katrina (10th Grade) – Katrina is very bright, a quality she undoubtedly gains through her love for reading. She invests hours into reading everyday and enjoys every minute of it! She says she loves to be transported to an alternate universe, in which the interesting events are taking place. Katrina is also an extraordinarily quick learner and grasps material after only a few minutes of practice. Often, we get through much more than I had initially intended to cover in one online tutoring session! It has been wonderful being able to connect with Katrina through online tutoring, and I have no doubt that Katrina will accomplish amazing things in the near future!
Lori Horhor, Tutor

Skid Row Learning Center:

Bailey (Kindergarten) – Bailey is the first Kindergartener ever chosen as Student of the Month at the Learning Center! She is helpful, dutiful, kind, caring, and respectful. She not only completes her homework quickly and efficiently, but she also helps her classmates. She is the epitome of what a Student of the Month should be! – Jason Wright, Tutor

 

Sep 27

Students of the Month – October 2018

Region 10:

J. (age 15), R. (age 12) and K. (age 9) – This summer, we worked on computer coding with the kids at a shelter in Orange County. This family of three siblings thrived in the coding program.

J. is the smart, gentle, and mature older sister who quietly guides her siblings when they’re unsure of what to do. J. is so smart that she was on track to get her AA degree while in high school, and she is excited to return to her education in the fall. During the summer, J. was eager to learn coding, and whenever possible, she also worked to increase her typing speed. She understands better than anyone that technology is the key to success in the modern world, and she’s grabbing the bull by the horns.

J.’s brother, R., is also remarkably intelligent. When handed a Chromebook to use for coding, R. enthusiastically zipped through the levels. Fortunately, a few of the tutors had just completed an AP Computer Science course, so they’ve been able to work with R. on additional new material. R. is quiet, humble and focused. Nothing will stop him.

The youngest of the siblings is K. Although she has less computer experience than her siblings, K. has been determined to learn as much coding as she can during the tutoring sessions. She has been a sponge. In addition, K. has been effusively thankful to the tutors for sharing their time with her.

Despite their current situation, this delightful family has shown an amazing amount of positivity, cooperation, and discipline. While all of the students at the shelter are wonderful, this trio reminds us that we are lucky to have them in our lives. – Milan Narula, Tutor

 

Online:

Lawrence (5th Grade) – What enjoy most about tutoring Lawrence is how his face lights up when he learns something new. While helping him with reading comprehension, he asked me what a salamander was. We then went down a rabbit hole about salamanders, because he wanted to learn more and more about them, as well as other amphibians. This continued for more than a couple sessions and it was a delight to see. – Thu-Anh Holton, Lawrence’s Online Tutor

 

Region 4:

Sean (11th Grade) – Sean is a caring teenager that is interested in Japanese culture and anime. His favorite subject is math and he loves Dragon Ball Z and Takis!
– Riki Aihara,
Tutor

 

Region 5:

Iris (12th grade) – Iris was living in a shelter with her family when we first met, and attending a local high school. The high school wasn’t providing a very supportive learning experience, so we worked together to enroll Iris at Lafayette Charter School, where she’s really done well with her classes. Iris excels in math, which is good because it’s definitely not my strong suit. Iris enjoys reading a great deal, and I love hearing her take on the books she’s reading, whether they’re classics or recent fiction.
Michael Hacker, Tutor

Aug 7

Students of the Month – August 2018

Online:

Ethan (9th Grade) – Even though Ethan has been working hard as an older brother and taking care of two younger siblings, I admire his enthusiasm for participating in the Summer Program. At first, he was hesitant about reading books that were written before the year 2000, but the Summer Program has made him more open to reading different kinds of books, such as The Hobbit. Throughout the summer, we’ve had a lot of fun talking about the books we’ve read together. Ethan especially enjoyed making text-to-self connections and identified strongly with the character Wade Watts from the novel Ready Player One because of how Wade overcomes the challenges he experiences. After summer, I look forward to seeing Ethan continue to develop his love of reading and continue to make different types of connections when he reads! – Natalie Platon, Ethan’s Online Tutor

 

Region 1:

Communidad Cesar Chavez Students – Because we mainly group tutor at a short-term shelter, we only have the kids for a limited time before they move to more permanent housing. It’s tough to get tutoring done in a fairly noisy, fluid environment with kids of different abilities, but I’ve found multiplication flash cards are the most useful tool. 75% of the students we help have trouble with their times tables, and since multiplication is the cornerstone of math, the kids see immediate results. My favorite part of the year is during the summer, when we develop interactive science projects. They include projects such as dry ice, launching water bottles, anatomy, botany, paper airplanes, and making dinosaur fossils. The kids go nuts for this stuff!
– Evan Panas,
Tutor

 

Region 10:

STEM of Wheels Students – We immensely enjoyed working with the students in STEM on Wheels. Their completed projects for our daily challenges were proud moments for both them and us. Whether it was building a bridge to cross a river or trying to program a Sprite to dance about the room, the kids demonstrated logic, background knowledge, reasoning, and most importantly, a sense of fun in completing their projects. We cheered as Daniella’s group’s little car inched its way up the inclined plane; we laughed with Bryan in his attempt to design his candy “cell” into a face; we groaned while doing our healthy exercises; we watched excitedly as Natalie’s dog chased a cat around the screen like she’d coded it to do. It was quite the summer program, full of amazing kids.
STEM on Wheels Tutors

Jun 29

Students of the Month – July 2018

Online:

Abigail (12th Grade) – Having recently transitioned to a shelter in Victorville (85 miles northeast of Los Angeles) and struggling to adjust to her new school and life out in the High Desert, Abigail reached out to us requesting assistance. She was originally resistant to tutoring each week, but ever since connecting with her online tutors, Ashley and Rupini, Abigail has shown considerable improvement in her demeanor and outlook. Abigail is spending the summer preparing for her final year in high school and is very close to being on track to graduate. She is also participating in our Summer Program. Keep up the great work, Abigail! – Ian Chan, Program Administrator

 

Region 4:

Pearanna (6th grade) – Pearanna is a 6th grader. She comes to the tutoring session every week with her brother. She is such an amazing kid. She always finishes her homework with little help, and after that she continues to read a book. She is a good reader and artist. She is a quiet girl, but her smile is loud and bright. As the oldest kid in the group, she shows mature behavior, which I am so proud of.
– Ian Lee,
Tutor

 


Region 5:

Jessica (age 6) – I love getting to work with Jessica weekly, see her reading improve, and see how excited she gets when she answers something right. It’s not easy for a 6-year old to go to school all day and come home just to do more schoolwork, yet I try to find a way to make it exciting for Jesse. Whether it’s getting stickers at the end of each session or playing some games in between schoolwork, my goal is for her to always walk away happy. I am really grateful for what School on Wheels does for these kids, and I feel lucky to be a part of their community. – Holly Fleischer, Tutor

 


Region 1:

Ethan (age 5) – Ethan has always shown an interest in learning. When I first started to tutor Ethan, he was shy and would wait until I gave him the answer. I’m pretty sure he did this because he was afraid to be wrong, but over time he has grown in knowledge. The first month of tutoring Ethan he did not know his numbers to 100 (or at least knew some and would skip around). I can now say he has learned his numbers with the help of the number song we found on Youtube in addition to other practice exercises. He no longer waits for the answer to be given to him but says it with confidence. When going to tutor Ethan every Thursday, he always has a positive attitude and is willing to try new study skills to improve. I truly feel honored to tutor Ethan and feel that he deserves the student of the month award! – Nayelie Aguilar, Tutor

 


Region 9:

Caleb (8th Grade) – When I first met Caleb, he seemed reluctant to participate in our sessions. After a lot of hard work and determination, he has become much more comfortable with trying new or challenging activities. With reading being a major area in need of improvement, we worked a lot on developing his reading skills. I have seen him grow from reading with hesitation to reading with enthusiasm. He now enjoys reading about new topics every week. I am very proud of his growth, and I am excited to see him continue to prosper.
– Jacob Maldonado,
Tutor

Jun 4

Students of the Month – June 2018

Region 8:

Tavin (age 5), Connor (age 8), and Tannar (age 10) – Tanner is an artistic, curious, and bright student. He sees math problems in his own unique way, and it is amazing to see the gears turning in his head and the smile that lights up his face after working hard to reach a solution. Tanner is growing more confident in reading (especially when it’s about exotic animals!) and his eagerness for math has helped him progress from basic multiplication to exponents. Congrats Tanner on Student of the Month! – Sammy Pedersen, Tutor

My name is Dawn, and I have been tutoring a 2nd grade student about 6 months. We have been focusing on his literacy and math skills. He has learned how to tell time and how to use decimals! He also is excited about building his literacy skills through learning games on the internet at the library. He also has his own library card now too! Way to go, student!!
– Dawn Hildebrand, Tutor

 

Online:

Zy’eire (2nd Grade) – “Zy” is always ready to tackle a new challenge. His persistence and positive attitude are always really inspirational. I have seen his hard work and mindset reflected in his improved reading skills. He also loves to draw and be creative! – Yuki Jung, Online Tutor

 

 

 


Region 6:

Collin (2nd Grade) – In the half year we have worked together, the thing that shines out about my 2nd grade tutee Collin is a blooming self-confidence. At first glance, one might think Collin is shy. In fact, though, he has a strong sense of who he is and an inspiring integrity, which have become more apparent as he gets more comfortable and trusting of me and our lessons. Collin teaches me what he needs to let this internal blossoming occur: uninterrupted silence as he works on a task, verbal support when he gets stuck and acknowledgement when he succeeds. Perhaps like other teachers, I come away from the lessons wondering who is teaching who. – Bonnie Insull, Tutor

Apr 3

Students of the Month – April 2018

Online:

Ben (Kindergarten) – loves to meet with his online tutor each week. He doesn’t say much, but he loves practicing counting out loud and playing “Alphabet BINGO”. The School on Wheels online tutoring program is designed for students from 2nd to 12th grade – curious, focused, and delightfully engaged, Ben is a wonderful exception. Go, Ben! – Ian Chan, Program Administrator

 

 

Skid Row Learning Center:

Royona (3rd Grade) – Royona is a focused, quiet, 3rd grader who is joy to work with. She helps around the Center, completes her homework with zeal and has the sunniest disposition. Lover of puzzles, silent laugher, and Queen of Khan Academy; Royona has earned Student of the Month!
– Jason Wright,
Skid Row Learning Center Specialist

 

 

Region 5:


With every tutoring session my student continues to inspire me and remind me why education is so liberating, no matter how hard the week has been.– Kayla Williams

I have loved getting to know all of the kids and it has been a privilege to watch them grow over the course of the past 6 months.
– Annika Moen

The kids are so much fun and it’s been great to work with them and see their skills and confidence grow! – Ellen Prince

I have really enjoyed seeing the progress made over the year. There were some students who struggled with reading and to see them persevere and make progress has been rewarding. – Sara Woldegebriel

Nothing compares to seeing a child gain confidence and grow as a student, and we have all grown to love these kids and look forward seeing them every week. – Dalia Quezada

Working with the kids allows me to take a moment and focus all of my energy on someone else. It’s definitely tough but I really enjoy being a tutor! – Darla Howell

It has been amazing to get to know all of the kids and I look forward to working with them every week. – Gianna Zinnen