Students of the Month – October 2018
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
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
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
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