Author: Martha Dietzel

Jun 19

Students of the Month – June 2019

Jaya

Age 9

Jaya enjoys science and scientific experiments. She also plays Roblox a good amount. I honestly can’t think of any big academic challenge that Jaya couldn’t get. She’s an excellent student and can understand what I try to explain. Jaya hopes to become an engineer when she gets older.

Kai, Tutor

Angel

Age 13

Angel has been plugging away at math problems all month long! I have watched him grasp topics and begin to improve. Angel loves skateboarding, online tutoring, and hot chips.

Jason W., SRLC Instructor

Jaylene

Age 11

When I met Jaylene, she had just started 5th grade, but her level of math was of 2nd grade. So we worked each week studying 2nd grade onwards math while also doing the 5th-grade math that was done in her school to keep her grades up. She worked very hard with always a smile on her face. Jaylene wants to be an oncologist. She wants to earn well and support herself while also contributing to society by providing care for those who can’t afford. Jaylene has always amazed me with her resilience, courage, and hope for her future.

Manmeet, Tutor

Kaylee

Age 9

Kaylee loves to hang out with her friends and cousins. Her favorite subject at school is reading. She also really enjoys playing games, playing outside, reading books, and doing typing practice online. Kaylee has taught me that persistence is so important. When she puts her mind to her work, she makes incredible progress and completes it quickly and well.

Joelle, Tutor

Ryder

Age 8

Ryder loves to skateboard. He couldn’t read when I first started tutoring, but now he can complete a whole book! From Ryder I have learned how to be more patient, understanding, and compassionate.

Andrew, Tutor

Takara

Age 12

Takara loves anything KPOP!! Period. 🙂 So I try to incorporate a bit of dance to each session. She wants to learn to speak Korean and to travel to Korea and possibly do a Study Abroad program. I have learned from her how important it is to do what you love. To really believe in your passion and let it flow through you, allowing you to dream big. This is a sure path to happiness. 🙂

Carla, Tutor
Jun 19

Tutors of the Month – June 2019

Melinda Gevorgian

Region 7

I nominated this tutor because I can always count on her to be consistent, dedicated, have a huge smile on her face, and a day brightener for the kids she tutors. I am very lucky to have her in Region 7!

Riley H., Team Leader

I learned about School on Wheels after searching online about different ways to give back to my community. I was already volunteering with the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.

I started volunteering because I have been fortunate enough to have had the ease and convenience of having my parents provide me with resources like school supplies and homework help when I needed it. Without the resources they have granted me, I wouldn’t have been successful in all the endeavors I have embarked on up to this point. I realize how lucky I have been throughout my life and wanted to give back to those who have just as much, if not more potential than I, so they, too, can accomplish their goals.

One experience with a student that made me smile was when I was working with a brilliant 11 year old boy as part of the School on Wheels Summer Reading Program. He met me and the other tutors with a lot of resistance in the beginning, but he just needed to be approached little patience and kept accountable. By the end of the program he was reading more pages from his book than we planned for him to read during each week and was able to finish the book with more concentration than I saw in any other student that also participated in the program. I’m glad that I was able to bring out some of the greatness this student has to offer the world.

Manmeet Sodhi

Region 1

Manmeet has a positivity about her that is completely contagious. She has so much passion for tutoring and goes above and beyond for her students. She really embodies everything we strive to do here at School on Wheels!

Riley H., Team Leader

I have always believed that to bring about a change in our society we need to work on our children. Unless we educate them, we cannot bring real changes. Each child deserves to be sculpted by education so they can not just take on the world, but also contribute to make it a better place. My focus, therefore, was on the ones that are unable to get proper education due to their circumstances. That’s why School on Wheels seemed like a perfect place to volunteer.

Tutoring is the most fulfilling experience in life — you get to equip kids with knowledge, love, hope, and wisdom. You are giving them something that can never be taken away from them, no matter what. Also, you don’t need fancy degrees to become a volunteer tutor. All you need is a bit of passion and the internet 🙂

Kai Ferragallo-Hawkins

Region 7

Make sure that the education is at your students pace, not at your own. And don’t forget to have a bit of fun, it can definitely improve the experience for them. It’s far too often that children don’t have the resources to complete an education – the platform they can use to advance themselves in life. School on Wheels is an organization that tries to equalize that difference, and I wanted to be a part of that.

Kai

Joelle Suh

Region 2

I nominated Joelle or her dedication and commitment to her student. As a high school student, she had showed an extraordinary maturity and understanding. Her student have grown to trust her and bond with her. She is a dependable and reliable tutor, and a wonderful mentor!

Danait B., Team Leader

I started volunteering, honestly, because I needed to fulfill my requirements for school. I was trying to find something that I’d enjoy doing, and over the past couple years that I’ve been volunteering with School on Wheels, it’s become more than just a requirement. I’ve built a close bond with my student, and it’s been such a privilege to watch her grow and make progress.

If someone was thinking about becoming a volunteer tutor, I’d first say thank you for taking their time and energy to do so. There are no doubt some harder sessions, when the students aren’t focusing and can’t perform their homework as well as usual, but overall, the sessions are so rewarding and well worth the effort.

Andrew Kim

Region 2

I started volunteering because I saw the gap in academic support between different socioeconomic levels within my own high school and I felt that I needed to be part of the solution to ending this gap.

One experience that made me smile was when my student read a whole book with no help from me and I saw how proud of himself he was for completing it.

Andrew

Carla Gentile

Online

Carla is extremely creative in meeting her student where she’s at. Carla is really good at incorporating her student’s interests to make learning fun and relevant for her. This is especially challenging to do in an online tutoring context. Carla goes above and beyond to connect with her student remotely by mailing her books that they read together.

Emma G., Coordinator

I was looking for a way to contribute to my community when I found School on Wheels. Living downtown you see the devastation on a daily basis due to homelessness. It’s a terrible cycle some people just can’t get out of. I feel that education is the most important thing to help break this cycle. But education comes in so many ways, most importantly to be a critical thinker, a free thinker, to learn to ask questions and have the confidence to stand up for yourself and clearly navigate the challenges they will face in their lives.

Jun 5

School on Wheels Social and Emotional Learning Program: Summer Roll-Out Webinar

Our students’ lives can be very stressful, and many of our tutors have seen how that stress can affect tutoring sessions. We have developed our new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program to give our tutors tools that can be used to help students combat stress by teaching them to pause, breathe, and get in touch with their feelings before responding to an emotional situation. The program also integrates lessons on valuable character traits that will help students in school and their daily lives. This webinar provided attendees with the rationale, context, and step-by-step instructions they need to begin this program with their students.

About the Presenter:

A former school teacher, Matt Raab has been working with children experiencing homelessness since 2000. He joined School on Wheels in 2004 and currently serves as the Chief Education and Programs Officer, overseeing the education, training, and engagement of our students, volunteers, and staff.

May 21

HomeWalk 2019 Recap

As promised HomeWalk 2019 was the best ever!  Team School on Wheels turned up in force to walk and run to raise awareness about child homelessness. Over 200 donors, volunteers, staff, family, and friends donned purple shirts and joined the 15,000 strong HomeWalk march in downtown Los Angeles. Thank you to our kind sponsors for supporting this event and for our booth volunteers and cheerleaders. Thank you for representing the most forgotten and vulnerable members of our society. You did our kids proud.

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May 20

Long Beach Symphony and Instrument Petting Zoo

Last week The Long Beach Symphony brought the Instrument Petting Zoo to our tutoring site at Century Villages at Cabrillo. Their volunteers explained how the instruments of the orchestra work, how they make different sounds, and how they fit into the orchestra as a whole. We are excited to continue in this partnership and expose more of our students to the potential of music! 

May 13

2019 World’s Children’s Prize

Last week, former School on Wheels student and current World’s Children’s Prize Child Jury member, Taree Mayfield, attended the 2019 awards ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden. The jury consists of children from 15 countries who are experts in the rights of the child through their own life experiences as, for example, bonded slaves and displaced children from conflict zones. He helped introduce one of the laureates at this year’s ceremony and also shared his experiences at a school assembly in Norrköping and in an impromptu gathering on a sidewalk in Stockholm!