Kudos to our tutors at United Way in Corona for coming up with a great group project for the students they tutor! I’m so proud of all of you!
The idea was to have each student create a vision board which was divided into four parts. One part included fun facts about the student, second part included what they thought the may want to do for a career, third was their future goals and dreams and fourth was their plan of action to achieve their goals, etc.
Tutors assisted the students over the last several weeks, helping guide them as they designed their boards. Then students presented to the group their vision boards.
Many students who were once shy or unwilling to get up and speak in front of the group were now excited and wanting to share what they came up with. We witnessed so much growth with the students and were incredibly proud!
And to top it off….. We learned that one of our students who was failing many subjects improved his grades, going from F’s to B’s!
A HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the tutors for pouring their hearts into helping these children develop a love of learning along with improved self-esteem.
“Stephany (3rd Grade) is such a sweet girl. She’s always one to give gifts, such as rocks, to show how much she appreciates you. She’s hesitant about learning or practicing, especially her multiplication tables, but always strives to do better. I try to make each lesson fun for her, and it really keeps her engaged. It is genuinely exciting to see her do her multiplication tables much faster now. I look forward to our next challenge. Diane Lopez–Tutor
David (10th grade) “I’ve been privileged to work with at least 30 students over the past year at a group foster home in Pomona, but David stands out. When I met him in May, he was quite small for his age and kept to himself, and the older students frequently picked on him. However, he did apply an effort to his homework, which was not true for all of the other students. To encourage student participation, I developed a study quiz game. David didn’t play in the beginning, but eventually, it became one of his favorite things to do during our sessions. It turns out that he is very good in math and spelling! This got the attention of the other students, and before long, they were trying to get David to join their teams. David’s confidence grew, and when he successfully graduated the program in November, I believe he left feeling better about himself and his future.” Deborah Myers–Tutor
Skid Row Learning Center:
Abraham (3rd grade) “Abraham comes in every day enthusiastic and exuberant. He gets his homework done and takes the time to help other students around him. Most days, it’s common to see multiple smiles at whatever table he’s sitting. A joy to tutors and peers alike, Abraham is the epitome of Student of the Month.” Jesse Polen–Tutor
Vincent (9th Grade) “My son has really improved his grades a lot since starting his online tutoring and he has developed an outstanding attitude toward learning as well! Vincent looks forward to working with his online tutoring teachers, who are very patient and extremely helpful. He really likes computers now and spends his free time on Khan Academy, YouTube, and other programs and websites. He really enjoys learning.” – Vincent’s Mother
“Nate (5th Grade) loves art and he also knows that he needs to work on his math skills. So, I thought, let’s combine the two! We’ve worked together on coloring sheets: for every part of a drawing he colored, we worked on a math problem. One hour, once a week, for 2 months. Nate has gone from struggling to add to mastering his times tables. Even on days when he feels overwhelmed, Nate never gives up. It has been a joy to work with him.” – Ian Chan – Online Tutor
Skid Row Learning Center:
Lily (Kindergarten) is one of the sweetest, funniest, most precocious kindergarteners you’ll ever meet. Every day Lily comes in joyful and ready to learn. Her willingness to complete her homework and her commitment to excellence are a sight to see!
Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay Cities:
“Aliyah is an amazing kindergartner. I ask her every session if there is anything she wants to work on (besides her coloring skills) and was surprised when she wanted to learn the Pledge of Allegiance. It makes sense as she is new to school, but I’ve never had that request before and it shows how seriously Aliyah takes her role as student. I look forward to our sessions together and wonder how she will amaze me next week. Thank you, School on Wheels, for this opportunity!” – Sheryl Luttrell, Tutor
Region 7 – San Fernando Valley:
Jadelynn (4th Grade) is a sweet fourth grader with a lot of potential. She is very funny, intelligent, competitive and creative. She has a lot of energy and shows a great passion for learning. Her goal for the future is to become a teacher at the elementary school that she attends. – Maya McKeever, Tutor
Region 8 – Ventura County:
Bobbie (6th Grade) – “When not doing homework, Bobbie enjoys dancing — specifically hip-hop and ballet — and hopes to become a choreographer. As an avid reader, Bobbie has become a fairly good speller and will be competing in the local spelling bee. She has an insatiable appetite for learning, but the best part about our sessions is when she looks at me with the “I get it now” look. Just priceless! It has been an honor to be her tutor.” – Kathy Jarman, Tutor
Region 12 – North Orange County:
Caleb (7th Grade) – “At first, Caleb was hesitant to give new things a try and he would only give short, quick responses to questions. He has become much more comfortable challenging himself with new or difficult activities. With a solid amount of dedication, consistency, and determination, reading is now his favorite activity. I am proud of his improvement and excited to see his progression continue in the upcoming months.” – Jacob Maldonado, Tutor
Andrea (5th Grade) is an avid reader, choir member, exemplary student, and appointed “Digital Learning Center Captain”. Leading by example, Andrea always completes her work before helping other students. She is a joy to work with and we appreciate her hard work and dedication.
Region 6 – Inland Empire:
Jenna (2nd Grade) – “Right away, I realized what a special student Jenna was. She is exceptionally talented, both artistically and mathematically. Despite missing some schooling, Jenna took it upon herself to keep learning by downloading educational games and practicing her skills on her own. Her improvement and success as a student is due to her love and thirst for knowledge. I love how she comes to our sessions ready to learn with a positive and open mind!” – Michelle Chebeir, Tutor
Region 9 – Santa Barbara:
Ariana (4th Grade) – “On our first tutoring session, I asked Ariana what her favorite day of the week was. She answered, ‘Tuesday – because that’s the day that you come.’ Hearing this sweet answer got me already excited to work with her. Ariana really likes school, spending time with her family, and visiting her extended family in Mexico. She also enjoys playing tag, riding to the beach on her bicycle, and going to the mall. Her favorite subject in school is Math.” – Claudia Gack, Tutor
Region 10 – South Orange County:
Julian (4th Grade) – “My student is really smart and loves school. We share a love of science, studying the weather and geology, and even the requirements of what it takes to be an engineer.” – Deb Woods, Tutor
Region 12 – North Orange County:
Phillip (7th Grade) – “I have seen nothing but positive growth in this intelligent young man. He comes not only prepared to learn, but eager as well. His exceptional effort has been well-documented and recognized during each of our tutoring sessions. Phillip has a very bright future if he keeps working hard, and I firmly believe he is well-equipped to go above and beyond to achieve whatever stands in his way.” – Richard Vela, Tutor
Nick (9th Grade) – “Nick showed curiosity at first, but would get easily distracted. There were more than a few times when he was frustrated and I was worried he’d give up, but he’s demonstrated persistence and has completed each project we’ve tackled. We use Khan Academy to work on coding and computer science and he gets so excited when he figures things out. Once, when a passerby asked what he was doing, he said, “I’m hacking.” I loved it!” – Tomer Gurantz – Online Tutor
Jordan (12th Grade) is polite, respectful, and enthusiastic. He goes above and beyond his peers and provides an immense amount of assistance with projects at the Skid Row Learning Center. He works additional hours to complete tasks, and comes straight from school to accomplish his goals at the Learning Center. His dedication to helping improve the experience for other students is fantastic too!
Region 1 – East LA:
Arianna (3rd Grade) has made great progress and we are very proud of all her hard work. She started off shy and quiet and didn’t want to participate in group tutoring. She was matched with a tutor one on one and after a couple of weeks, Arianna started to come out of her shell. She now looks forward to tutoring and even attends group tutoring twice a week. Her mom says it’s her favorite part of the day!
Region 3 – Westside:
Andrew (4th Grade) – “Even though every session isn’t wildly successful, I know that every time we meet, Andrew is making progress. One of the greatest gifts is seeing Andrew’s eyes light up when he’s finally able to solve the math problem correctly or appropriately pronounce that stubborn word. One of my favorite things about our sessions is when we wrap with 10-15 minutes of group reading on the bean bags.” Sevag Salibian, Tutor
Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay:
Gerald (5th Grade) is a bright, motivated 10 year old who shows up every week ready to work and learn. “The very first time I tutored with him I made up some practice math problems, and after one or two he looked over at me and said “Come on, give me some hard ones!” That demonstrates exactly the type of person he is, always curious and ready to dig into his school work. He’s a great kid and a real pleasure to work with.” Steve Cox, Tutor
Region 5 – Hollywood, Silverlake, Pasadena:
Angel’s Flight Group Home – This month we would like to highlight ALL the students at Angel’s Flight group home, who participate in group tutoring each week. The students at the home have been working hard to improve academically each week. They are always prepared and ready to learn. After school work is done they enjoy playing chess and putting together art projects with the tutors. Keep up the excellent work!
Region 10 – South Orange County:
James (1st Grade) – “When I first met him, as a kindergartener, we shared our common interests (love of animals and ice cream, among others). I was immediately charmed and impressed. We have worked on listening, communication, reading, letters and numbers. I remind him that he is a good thinker and a hard worker.” Ann Buckley, Tutor
Montia (12th Grade) – “First of all, I’m so, so proud of Montia. YAY! She is awesome! I remember when Montia told me about receiving extra credit on her test, she was so ecstatic. We sat in front of our screens just cheering. It was such a genuine moment. Montia has so much potential to achieve great things in the future. She has developed a great work ethic, and she has a kind heart. I am fortunate to be her tutor and mentor.” Carol Wang – Online Tutor