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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Our volunteer tutors go directly to our students, many of whom are at various shelters and transitional living facilities around Southern California. This video is from some of the shelter staff that works with our amazing volunteers in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. We know that the students we work with love our tutors coming each and every week, but our partners do as well! Thank you to our Regional Coordinator, Marisol Farfan for putting the video together and to the shelter staff for participating.