Students of the Month – June 2016
Skid Row Learning Center
– Zah’majai, 5th Grade. When I first read Zah’majai’s name, I thought about how difficult it was going to be to remember this student’s name. There appeared to be too many vowels and syllables for me to keep it in my working memory. However, Zah’majai quickly became memorable for his exemplary behavior and thirst for knowledge. In terms of Zah’majai’s comportment, you couldn’t ask for a better student; he’s so polite in tone and diction and works hard at both homework and digital learning tasks. Moreover, his insatiable love of learning results in a positive tutoring experience for Zah’majai and every tutor he has ever worked with. For these two reasons, Zah’majai has earned the well-deserved distinction of Student of the Month for the month of June.
Brian Lopez, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor
Region 1 – East LA
– Jordan, 7th Grade. Working with Jordan was a challenge in the beginning but he has progressed so much in the short time that I have tutored him. When we started working together, he wasn’t interested in studying; so I found out what his interests are and used this knowledge to motivate him. He especially enjoys our science experiments! I appreciate the trust we’ve built together. Jordan is an amazing student!
Destiny Mendez, Intern
Region 2 – South LA
– Leonell, 3rd Grade . Leonell is the Student of the Month in Region 2 because he works really hard. He is a very fun and energetic boy with a big imagination. After five months of tutoring him, Leonell received an award for most improved student in mathematics. Tutoring Leonell has been a rewarding experience, I hope to be with School on Wheels for a very long time!
Rihana Noorzayee, Tutor
Region 3 – Westside
– Latoya, 3rd Grade. Latoya and I split our time between language arts and math, always saving a few minutes to talk about her day and for “library time”, when I lend her a few books to take home for the week. It has been so rewarding, watching her this year as she became stronger and stronger in math and really worked hard to learn her multiplication tables. She has such a great sense of humor and enjoys the humorous books and poems we sometimes read together.
Elin Schwartz, Tutor
Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay
– Angel, 1st Grade . Angel is a first grader who is full of cheer and smiles when we are together. His favorite subjects include reading, math, and dinosaurs! Despite some initial difficulty with his reading homework, he tries hard and steadily makes progress each week sounding out word parts, learning sight words, and finding the meaning of the passages that we read. Our favorite activities to help him improve include reading books, rhyming games, mobile apps such as Monkey Junior, and flash cards. We often score each other, take turns, and turn it into a friendly competition. Angel has made great improvements on vowel sounds, consonants, and digraphs in his latest phonics assessment.
John Park, Tutor
Region 6 – Inland Empire
– Oscar, 12th Grade. Oscar comes to my group tutoring sessions every Tuesday and Thursday on time and eager to learn. He enjoys learning about history and geography the most. He not only inspires others around him but also encourages them to stay on task and take full advantage of the assistance the tutors provide. Oscar’s leadership, regular attendance and willingness to better himself set the tone for each and every session we have. He leads by example without ever being asked to do so. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to work with a student with such potential, and feel confident that Oscar will go on to accomplish great things in life academically and professionally.
Way to go, Oscar!
Cheyne Burton, Tutor
Region 12 – North Orange County
– Ramon, 5th Grade. Ramon is in 5th grade and is such a joy to work with! I’ve had the privilege of seeing him grow both academically and as a person. He has become more conscientious in school, and matured into an outstanding young man who possesses both integrity and creativity. Ramon’s upbeat and humorous personality make our tutoring sessions fun. He loves skateboarding and drawing, and I know he will excel in any area he chooses to pursue in life!
Gabi Marino, Tutor
– Killiy, 7th Grade. Killiy is an incredible student and individual, one with a large heart for others and with a just-as-large drive to succeed in her academics and beyond. One major success story that I’d love to mention is how much Killiy has improved in adding and subtracting fractions together, especially those with unlike denominators. After a couple of weeks of practice, Killiy was able to solve these types of problems with relative ease and quickness. Also, Killiy is a Tic-Tac-Toe master!
Fahim Zubair, Online Tutor