Ashley (3rd Grade) In the beginning, Ashley was quiet and evasive. Over time, Ashley has become quite the young academic! When we get online, she greets us with a smile or a joke and is always ready to learn. Every Tuesday and Thursday, we look forward to hearing her stories about her school day. Ashley is one of the most determined, thoughtful and upbeat young women we have ever met. It is a pleasure to tutor and teach her every week. We know we’ll see her name in the record books one day, that’s for sure! Esther & Joshua – Online Tutors
M (10th Grade) is a very bright young lady that has aspiration of being the first in her family to attend college. She is always polite, highly motivated, and loves to read as well as laugh. She has also inspired myself when she received straight A’s at her first semester at a brand new high school despite not knowing anyone there and helping her mother take care for her younger siblings. Her strong work ethic and positive attitude will serve her well in the future, and I can only hope to foster her growth by sharing my knowledge and experiences with her. I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding experience than being a mentor and friend to me. Paul Godoy–Tutor Coordinator
Adan’s (7th Grade) favorite hobbies are video games and soccer. His favorite artist is Lil Uzi. He wants to become a game designer when he grows up. And his favorite subject is science. At School on Wheels, he has been a wonderful student, great kid with an awesome personality, and always has this positive aroma. Nargis Saidzadah –Tutor
Skid Row Learning Center:
Vyctoria (3rd Grade) is my go-to student for online tutoring! She’s polite, hard-working, intelligent and kind. She has made every online tutor she works with feel the same. It has been a delight to have Vyctoria as a student at the Learning Center!
Jason Wright – Skid Row Learning Center Specialist
Jesse When I first met Jesse, he struggled quite a bit in mathematics and was actually enrolled in a supplementary mathematics support class. Over the past year, we worked together to improve his approach and understanding of the problems. I have been stunned by his tenacity and eagerness to learn, and to see his perseverance and efforts pay off. I’ve seen his grades slowly inch their way up, to the point of discussion about taking him out of his math support class!
Elaine Nguyen – Tutor
Isla (2nd Grade) To my delight, I am paired with a wonderful 7-year-old girl named Isla. She is bright, inquisitive, and diligent in her homework, which we get done promptly so we can get on to “Playtime”. This consists of word games, puzzles, and storybooks on many subjects, which we then discuss. I feel like she is 7 going on 35. She makes my week, and no matter what, I always leave with a smile, looking forward to seeing her the following week.
Erna Taylor-Stark – Tutor
David (1st grade) At our site, the children move on quickly, so we don’t have as much continuity, but one young boy stands out in my mind. He is a very creative 1st grade boy who was curious about very large numbers, so we made up a game with place values and continued the place values up into the trillions. He was astonished that numbers could go that high! It was very fun, and I think he learned a lot as well.
Andrea Reinkensmeyer – Tutor
Nargis Saidzadah – I have been with School on Wheels for almost a year now, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made to join such a beautiful community. I chose this wonderful organization because my burning passion is to give back and help as many people as I possibly could, in humility & humbleness of course. As a psychology student, who studies brain & behavior almost every day, I can indubitably say that making someone feel good about themselves is one of the best ways to uplift both yourself and them.
Region 1 – East LA:
Paul Godoy – Having tutored Oakland elementary students while in college, I joined School on Wheels to continue to do my part in providing the best asset I believe a child can have: an education. School on Wheels has allowed me to work with many wonderful families and their children who despite their situation are always optimistic and eager to learn. During my sessions, I learn and growth as much from my students as they do from me. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to empower the lives of these remarkable children.
Skid Row Learning Center
Helene Rioux – Every Tuesday, you will find Mrs. Helene sitting at Table 2 among 2nd and 3rd graders. She helps 4-5 kids at a time. They not only focus on academics but Helene likes to teach students French along the way. It’s wonderful to see the students so focused on her words and translations. In her own words: “It is a privilege for me to tutor the kids, they are so positive and ready to embrace life in spite of all difficulties; every Tuesday they enrich my life while I try to give them all the help I can, Thanks to School on Wheels and Ms. Allison.”
Deepti Sharma – School on Wheels opens its doors to a brightly painted oasis of learning and fun, away from the grim realities of daily shelter life. It also provides a safe haven for homeless youngsters to have fun, make friends and be physically active. This is the most positive and caring environment I have ever had the pleasure working in. As an online tutor, the best part is watching kids’ eyes light up when they learn something new or understand something they didn’t understand before, and seeing their excited little faces. It has been and continues to be a very exciting and rewarding experience for me. This is truly a great organization that I am proud to be a part of
Region 12 – North Orange County:
Elaine Nguyen – I initially began my experience with School on Wheels out of curiosity. Jesse was welcoming, eager, and incredibly hard-working. There were no barriers between us from day one, and we thrived off of each other. This past year, I have watched him grow immensely in character and intelligence. While I taught him mathematics and social sciences, he taught me patience and perseverance. I am so grateful to School on Wheels for providing me with this opportunity and life-long connection.
Region 10 – South Orange County:
Andrea Reinkensmeyer – I decided to get involved with School on Wheels because my teenage daughter is interested in becoming a school teacher and wanted to tutor children. It is a joy to help children grasp their academic material. I have had a fun time helping to coordinate tutors at one of the shelters and enjoy seeing the light bulbs go on in a child’s mind as they understand something. I especially enjoy helping them with math.
Region 5 – Hollywood, Silverlake, Pasadena:
Joel Safranek – This month I’m happy to choose Joel as the tutor of the month! There are several examples of why he is a fantastic tutor. He has been with SOW for over 3 years and has gone above and beyond. He is definitely a great role model and mentor to the boys at Boys Republic. In addition, Joel is the wonderful tutor coordinator who always keeps me up-to-date of new students at the location. Besides consistently tutoring each week, Joel has donated funds to the boys for fun movie and pizza nights. Thank you for all you do, Joel! In his own words:
“Working as a School on Wheels tutor with the boys at Silver Lake’s Boys Republic has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. These young men come from very challenging environments, but without exception, they want to do better and make good lives for themselves and be a credit to their families. I’ve forged great friendships with staff and residents and look forward to continuing my work in the months ahead.”