Tag: Students

Mar 2

Students of the Month – March 2016

Sumaita, one of our Students of the Month

Skid Row Learning Center

Elijah, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Elijah, 7th Grade. Elijah has earned the honor of being Student of the Month for the month of March because of his remarkable tenacity. He exhibits this trait every time he walks into the Skid Row Learning Center with his math packet in hand. Once we begin working on the tasks, he demonstrates a tenacious willingness to tackle the multi-stepped and critical-thinking problem sets he’s assigned. His determination has paid off because he requires less and less help as the month progresses. Elijah has rightfully earned the distinction of being Student of the Month.

Brian Lopez, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor

Region 3 – Westside

Jada & Chanelle, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Jada & Chanelle, 6th / 3rd Grade. Jada and Chanelle are the sweetest girls! In addition to tutoring them, we’ve started to build a friendship with them. It has been a joy working with them! They are hard working and are always willing to put in the time to finish their work. We’ve started to play multiplication games with them, and are looking for new ways to make the work a bit more interesting. They are both creative and like to draw pictures or build structures. Taking them on “field trips” and being able to spend time with them on the weekends has been a highlight for all of us! Jada and Chanelle have been through a lot, but I know that they will succeed and become creative and hard working adults!

Susan Edelman, Tutor

Region 4 – South Bay, Long Beach

Immanuel, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Immanuel, 2nd Grade. My student Immanuel has become an inspiration in my life. He works diligently on his homework every time we meet; when faced with a difficult assignment, he continues working to solve the problems until he masters them. As much as I’d like to say I teach him, Immanuel teaches me also. He is very determined, a great mathematician and an excellent reader. I enjoy working with Immanuel and look forward to seeing him succeed in all his goals. I believe that he will succeed in whatever he pursues.

Jose Thimothy Long, Tutor

Region 5 – Hollywood, Silver Lake, Highland Park

Sumaita, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Sumaita, 9th Grade. Sumaita made the transition from middle school to high school in the most inspiring way. She has become focused and dedicated to her school work, having a nearly straight A report card last semester! Multi-step algebra, complex vocabulary words and thoughtful analysis of history topics are just a few of the things that Sumaita has mastered. In addition to an increased focus on her current work, she expresses a desire to continue her education beyond high school. Sumaita has been a pleasure to work with and always has a positive attitude!

Paige Kaplan, Tutor

Region 6 – Inland Empire

Trinity, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Trinity, 7th Grade. I am extremely grateful to be able to tutor Trinity. She is such a strong, confident, intelligent, and caring individual. Even though she struggles with math, she is always willing to try her best at a problem she finds difficult. Over the months that I have been tutoring her, she has improved in math and seems to understand it a lot better! She is eager to learn and her quick understanding of the material we go over never fails to amaze me. Trinity’s smile and positive attitude make me look forward to seeing her every week and makes the experience so enjoyable.

Jannah Jakvani, Tutor

Region 8 – Ventura, Santa Barbara

Angela, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Angela, 5th Grade. Angela is an extremely motivated and talented young lady. She comes to her sessions with a smile on her face and ready to learn! She is very dedicated to school and her education. I am nominating her for Student of the Month because she raised all of her grades by at least one letter grade! I am very proud of her for all of her hard work and perseverance.

Lisa Olmstead, Tutor

Region 12 – North Orange County

Deseree, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Deseree, 6th Grade. Deseree is in 6th grade. We get along well and can joke around while still learning. I’ve been continuously exposing her to more science stuff; and, she seems to enjoy it quite a bit. For our first science project, we looked at the surface tension of milk using food coloring. Her excitement about the science projects has encouraged me to show the same excitement in my own life.

Jason Lee, Tutor

Online Tutoring

Kaliyah, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Kaliyah, 6th Grade. Kaliyah comes to our sessions full of energy and ready to learn; and, no matter how long a session may seem to her or how hard a concept may be, she stays enthusiastic and willing to move on to more learning. I’ve seen so much change with Kaliyah. While Kaliyah has always been brilliant, impressively curious and clever, she’s become so much more focused, is ready to learn and is productive at each session. The increasingly positive attitude she has makes our sessions much more productive and enjoyable. Despite sometimes-difficult topics, she stays really patient. Working with Kaliyah has honestly been an honor. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.

Something that’ll always remind me of Kaliyah is the orange joke. You know, the “knock knock…banana x10…and then…orange you glad it’s not banana?” She likes to tell jokes if we have extra time, and I always enjoy them. Some extra laughter never hurt anyone.

Vivek Shah, Online Tutor

Feb 1

Students of the Month – February 2016

A drawing from one of our Students of the Month.

Skid Row Learning Center

Shakiya, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Shakiya, 8th Grade. It is with great pride and admiration that I select Shakiya as the Student of Month, because she gave me three exemplary reasons to do so. The first of these is her work ethic. Once becoming familiar with the rules and structure of School On Wheels, Shakiya begins her homework as soon as she arrives without any procrastination or complaints. The second reason for her selection is her initiative. While other good students comply with rules and instructions, Shakiya goes beyond the norm and seeks challenge and growth. For instance, once her homework is done, Shakiya is known to seek the toughest learning center assignments and knowledgeable tutors, so that she can learn and grow as a student and be prepared for the challenges at school. Her preparation paid off in strides because the third and most salient reason for her selection is delineated by her most recent report card — one chock-full of A’s!

Brian Lopez, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor

Region 1 – East LA to Pasadena

Gilbert, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Gilbert, 5th Grade. When Gilbert and I met, he needed extra attention in math but now his report cards show improvement every semester! With support and encouragement from his mother, Gilbert has made great progress.

I am very proud of his creativity; Gilbert designed a board game. At our first meeting when asked what he would like to accomplish in our tutoring sessions, he said, “Art and Science projects!!” So for some well-earned fun after math study, we have done several art and science experiments. He painted a beautiful picture as a gift for his mom, and we have made green slime in the name of science! Gilbert is bright and ambitious; I know he can become anything he wants to be. I will never forget the fun we’ve had this year in our tutoring sessions!

Sasana Kachirsky, Tutor

Region 3 – Westside

Alanna, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Alanna, 2nd Grade. Alanna has been coming to one of our group tutoring sites that benefits from the help of our OMDE volunteers for the past four months. We couldn’t be happier with her improvement. I remember on her first day she would not speak to anyone, not even to read words out loud on the page. It has really been a pleasure to see her feel more and more comfortable as time has gone on. I am happy to see she now talks openly with all the tutors she works with, which has been a really big step. From the start of the school year she has really improved academically. At our last meeting her mom came up to us to say how her teachers have really seen a difference in her schoolwork and thanked us for our help. An hour a week doesn’t seem like a lot, but I know it has made a big difference to Alanna and her tutors; we are very proud of her progress each week!

Kyle McDonough, Regional Coordinator

Region 4 – South Bay, Long Beach

Alyssa, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Alyssa, 2nd Grade. Alyssa is in 2nd grade. We usually work on math. I try to give her some tips and strategies to help and I notice that she likes to fix her own mistakes. She’s definitely getting better in
subtraction. She also likes to read to me. It’s good because she recognizes her mistakes and fixes them. She would rather play. So I’m learning how to keep her focused and leave some time at the end for us to goof off and do what she wants. She smiles and laughs a lot.

Nicholas DeLucca, Tutor

Region 5 – Hollywood, Silver Lake, Highland Park

Oscar, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Oscar, 10th Grade. Chris and his student primarily work on two subjects: math and the drama that comes with being in high school. If there’s something Chris doesn’t know, they figure it out together. The best moment with his student wasn’t when he mastered the art of functions, but when he felt comfortable enough to talk to Chris about his crush, friends, and family. He believes that it’s one thing to be able to teach a student, but it’s more rewarding to be able to relate. “I’ve still got it!” he joked.

Christopher Van Nest, Tutor

Region 8 – Ventura, Santa Barbara

Krystal, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Krystal, 6th Grade. Krystal never ceases to amaze me. Whether it is her consistent, positive attitude or her drive to overcome a subject that she tends to struggle with, you would never know that she is only twelve years old. Krystal is a fun-loving girl who is a joy to be around. Not many kids Krystal’s age are eager to learn or will ask you to teach them a little more than what the teacher has taught so far in class. Krystal has already improved so much since her first tutoring session; her potential is obvious. I can’t wait to see what Krystal’s future has in store for her because I know it will be as bright as her personality.

Kaycee Holcomb, Tutor

Region 10 – South Orange County

Noah, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Noah, 1st Grade. It is a pleasure working with my student Noah. He is so full of energy. He likes doing his math homework more than reading or writing, so I bring books to share with him each time I tutor. This encourages him to read by himself or to listen while I read. Since I have discovered some of his favorite subjects, it is fun to find books with topics he will enjoy such as karate, dinosaurs and fossils. I think he is concentrating a little better on his homework than when I first met him. I also bring him a little surprise that he can pick out of my bag as a reward for concentrating on his homework. One activity he loves is playing card games with me. He is great at “Go Fish” and “Uno”. He has taught me how to play Uno once again, since it has been about 40 years since I last played it.

Nancy Okamoto, Tutor

Online Tutoring

Nurfarrah, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Nurfarrah, 7th Grade. It’s been a joy to get to know Nurfarrah and to see her grow academically in math and in writing. Nurfarrah has grown to seek better understanding of the material she’s learning. In math and over time, she’s proven herself to be a quick learner and she has discovered writing as her medium to demonstrate her creativity, sense of humor, and fun-loving personality. In each of our tutoring sessions, I can see Nurfarrah’s drive to do well in school. I’ve also gotten the chance to connect with Nurfarrah over our shared love for art; it’s been so much fun sharing my art with her and getting a chance to see her amazing artwork too. Nurfarrah is a talented and curious learner and it’s been the most rewarding experience to have her as a student over the past year.

Catherine Luo, Online Tutor

Dec 4

Students of the Month – December 2015

Laeloni, one of our Students of the Month

Skid Row Learning Center

Laeloni, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Laeloni, 6th Grade. Quiet and curly haired, Laeloni has shown much growth since joining School on Wheels. In a group tutoring session, she is able to successfully advocate for herself. If the group is getting a little loud, she will move to a private table to ensure she can remain focused. If she is finished with her work, she spends time enjoying socializing with tutors and other middle school students. Laeloni also has a sketchbook where she beautifully sketches flowers, vines, and butterflies. Tutors thoroughly enjoy working with her since she usually leaves them with a wonderful piece of art as a thank you. Her creativity paired with her desire to learn will allow her to transform into a mature, strong willed woman!

Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor

Region 1 – East LA to Pasadena

Cesar, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Cesar, 10th Grade. Getting to know my student Cesar who is 16 years old was definitely an amazing experience. Having the opportunity to guide him academically and mentor him have touched me because I see the positive impact in his life. For a student that hated reading and writing, he now writes in a journal every day and enjoys writing essays every week. Sometimes he even collaborates with me about what he wants to write. As a reward for his hard work, I taught him how to play chess. He even beat me in one game which was a rather proud moment of mine.

Jimmy Chan, Tutor

Region 2 – South LA

April, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– April, 3rd Grade. April is this month’s Student of the Month because she comes to tutoring early and with a smile on her face, ready to learn. Her tutors love working with her because of her enthusiasm. She gives 100% effort and deserves to be recognized for it. I know April will be successful in the future. Great job, April!

Miriam Lesserman, Tutor Coordinator

Region 3 – Westside

Kayla, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Kayla, 1st Grade. Kayla is a joy to be around and a very bright, creative student. She excels at everything she puts her mind to. Kayla is always up for a challenge; so we have been using sign language along with sand drawing to help her learn to write the alphabet. Each week Kayla comes ready to engage in our time together. We sometimes start the session with exercise because Kayla is quite an athlete. One of our goals has been to improve her reading. I am proud that Kayla completed the reading chart on time and with such enthusiasm.

Cathi Carlton, Tutor

Region 6 – Inland Empire

Anthony, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Anthony, 3rd Grade. In our first tutoring session, Anthony expressed to me, with a beaming smile, that he loves videos games. Since our first session, he’s shared with me what he wants to be a when he grows up, a police officer, and the places he loves visiting the most, the beach. Each time, he enthusiastically shares such information with a beaming smile. That’s what makes Anthony an ideal student; his smile demonstrates the positive attitude he has at every tutoring session. To date, Anthony has tackled multiplication tables, math word problems, fourth grade vocabulary and reading with a positive demeanor.

This is what I’ve come to learn about Anthony; he’s a problem-solver. I’ve found myself gazing at a Scrabble board in amazement right after Anthony’s made a move that shows he’s out to win! A positive attitude and a problem solver, Anthony reflects a winning attitude and aptitude in pursuit of knowledge.

Tom Rodriguez, Tutor

Region 10 – South Orange County

Lynette, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Lynette, 7th Grade. Lynette is in the 7th grade, bright, inquisitive, funny and warm. She loves to read, especially young-adult, fantasy-type novels where teens get to be true heroes. Lynette plays soccer every week and is turning out to be a great running player, moving from midfield to forward sometimes. She has two younger siblings that she helps take care of. Already, even at a young age, the little ones have really started to look up to her. Lynette loves her dog Odie and walks him every day. I can’t say enough about how amazing Lynette is! I love tutoring her. Most recently, we’ve been focusing on math; she’s quick to pick up the concepts. I look forward to our tutoring session every Wednesday.

Sabra Morris, Tutor

Region 12 – North Orange County

Destiny, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Destiny, 10th Grade. I have known Destiny for about six months. Within those six months, Destiny has improved tremendously in math. She learns concepts quickly and still continues to beat me in Concentration Math. I specifically remember we had an in-depth conversation about history, discussing if America really has progressed from the Civil War Era. She easily drew from her American Civil War history and tied it to present day, pointing out areas where the US has improved and areas where there’s work to be done.

Besides being an intelligent young woman, Destiny is a free spirit. She has expressed wanting to travel and learn a different language. She excels at the arts and has an impeccable fashion sense. She radiates positivity and has a gift of saying things how they are. It has been a pleasure tutoring Destiny. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her because it is a bright and fulfilling one. Good job Destiny for all of your hard work!

Elizabeth Mack, Tutor

Online Tutoring

Carlos, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Carlos, 10th Grade. At first, Carlos was adamant about having his own way. He refused to participate during our sessions and hated reading aloud. After a few weeks of encouraging him, working with him, and, on the rare occasion that he read aloud, praising his progress, I noticed a huge change in him. I remember, as we were doing a reading activity, Carlos didn’t wait for me to read the passage first. Instead, he started reading the passage on his own. In fact, he kept on reading until the end! I couldn’t stop smiling and telling him what a good job he’d done by himself! Now he’s got his eyes set on graduating from high school.

Catherine Santizo, Online Tutor

Nov 2

Students of the Month – November 2015

Region 2 – South LA

– Briana. In Part 2 of Jon’s video, he talks about tutoring Briana, who is always excited and waiting patiently for her sessions to begin. It’s match-ups like this that makes us all proud to be part of School on Wheels.

Region 4 – South Bay, Long Beach

Jeremiah, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Jeremiah, 6th Grade. Jeremiah would be any teacher’s ideal pupil. Though relatively quiet and serious, his witticisms and bursts of silliness always make me laugh. The first thing I noticed about him was his ease with doing calculations in his head. He loves math and could spend the whole hour on Khan Academy if I let him. When we met, Jeremiah was already a straight-A student! Since he doesn’t seem as challenged by his school work as he could be, we do activities that exercise his imagination. At first, when I gave him some out-of-the-box thinking to do, I took his quiet staring into space as frustration or disinterest. Now, I just wait for inspiration to hit him and for him to crack a smile before he says, “Ooh, I know!” His high-achieving ways have taught me to be more creative with our sessions, and I have also learned from him that there is never just one right answer.

Sara Chisholm, Tutor

Region 5 – Hollywood, Silver Lake, Highland Park

Chris, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Chris, 5th grade. Chris and I have been working together for two school years. He is an absolute joy to work with and is always prepared to do his work. Chris is a very intelligent young man with great listening skills. Some of my favorite moments with him have been after his homework is complete. He loves to draw comic book characters and then he tells me the entire life story of the character. Chris is a talented artist with a wonderful imagination. I have learned to appreciate the thought and creativity that goes into creating comics thanks to Chris!

Olivia Scott, Tutor

Region 7 – San Fernando Valley

Dominic, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Dominic, Kindergarten. Dominic is a lively, happy, playful kindergartner living in Reseda. He’s five years old and just started school a few months ago, but has taken to it like a fish takes to water. When he’s not pouring over his reading materials, he’s outside, skateboarding, scootering, or playing soccer. He’s a great learner, a hard worker, and, as of this month, a big brother!

Sam Miller, Tutor

Region 8 – Ventura County

Joshua, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Joshua, 2nd Grade. Joshua is a smart, artistic and fun second grader who brightens up my day each week during our tutoring sessions. Right before school started, Joshua had to face some pretty big obstacles for someone so young. After having undergone a corrective surgery on both of his legs, he remained positive and never let a wheelchair or casts on each leg slow him down. Despite these challenges, Joshua has shown great improvement in his reading, vocabulary, and grammar skills that we worked on using the Summer Program. He recently took his post assessment, completely turning his score around and passed with flying colors. I am so proud of Joshua and the work he has accomplished so far this year. Joshua has shown me what a positive attitude and willingness to learn can achieve. Joshua truly is a Superstar in my book!

Amanda Evans, Tutor

Region 12 – North Orange County

Jason, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Jason, 6th Grade. When I first met Jason, there was no doubt that his intellectual capability and drive to learn was already there. His aspirations were huge, to become a scientist in the future. With each session, week after week, he grew more confident and experienced. I remember reading articles aloud with him the first couple weeks, and he would be quiet and timid. Today, however, he can project his voice easily. He can confidently and loudly read anything thrown his way, even if there are words he has not yet learned. Academically, his performances on the electronic testing assessments have also improved! We always have a good conversation for about ten minutes each week where we can really discuss about our perspectives and opinions on absolutely anything. I’ve enjoyed working with Jason so much. I feel like in many ways, his growing energy while learning has rubbed off on me, and I look forward to each week as another adventure!

Ryan Hsieh, Tutor

Online Tutoring

Cassiex, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Cassie, 8th Grade. When I first started online tutoring at a shelter for children and youth, Cassie took the initiative to ask to be included in this effort. Her motivation to reinforce her knowledge and expand her skill set is a testament to her love for learning. While she lacked focus during our first sessions, Cassie is definitely improving. She has picked a subject that she wants to focus on and she comes to our sessions with her own set of problems, eager and ready to learn. We work hard to meet her goals, and I can see Cassie’s improvement with every subsequent session.

Cassie has also shared that tutoring is one of the highlights of her week, and she feels comfortable enough to treat our sessions as a friendly space where she can share what is going on in her life. She even explained her soccer game to me! I feel grateful to be given the chance to support Cassie in multiple ways and I am proud of the energy and zeal that she brings to each session.

Manasvi Pinnamaneni, Online Tutor

Oct 5

Zoo on Wheels

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!

Video Quiz (PDF)

Quiz Answer Key (PDF)

Oct 2

Students of the Month – October 2015

A drawing by Antonio, one of our Students of the Month
A drawing by Antonio, one of our Students of the Month

Skid Row Learning Center

Tajiri, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Tajiri, 6th Grade. In the three years I have known Tajiri, I have seen so many improvements in his behavior, his ability to focus, and his hobbies. Tajiri recently began middle school and has already adjusted to using a daily agenda to share his assignments and projects with the tutor. After he completes his work, then he works on his art. Recently, Tajiri and his tutor ,Osmond, attended an art show in LA and they were able to display his art on the wall! Due to his determination, he is now able to complete all his school work then spend time online learning new drawing tips.

Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor

Region 1 – East LA to Pasadena

Group tutoring, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Group tutoring. Tutoring sessions during the summer is particularly challenging for a tutor. We normally have very low attendance and hardly any student interest. However, during this past summer we had a spike in attendance and interest from students wanting to learn! It keeps us tutors excited and motivated. There are times when we have more than fifteen students in one day!! I think it is due to my fellow School On Wheels tutors who make it fun, exciting and educational. We are looking forward to the new school year!

Brenda Ramirez, Tutor

Region 2 – South LA

Damien, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Damien, Kindergarten. Damien was chosen to be Student of the Month due to his tremendous progress in his behavior. When he first joined group tutoring, he didn’t want to participate. Now, Damien is responsive and cooperative with all tutors. He follows the rules and makes the effort to do his best. He is eager to show the tutors his work to make them proud. Damien’s attitude towards learning is now positive and encouraging.

Kenisha Edwards, Regional Coordinator

Region 4 – South Bay, Long Beach

Antonio, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Antonio, 2nd Grade. Antonio is 8 years old and loves football, video games, and skateboarding. He has a terrific sense of humor and he is considerate of others.

When we meet, he always has such a big smile as he greets me. Antonio came to me struggling with grade-level math and reading. In the few months since we have been working together, I have watched him go from shying away from his challenging school work to going at it head-on with a bright, positive outlook. At first Antonio struggled with basic math concepts and reading comprehension, but now Antonio is starting to understand higher mathematical concepts and focusing his attention on specific words in the text. Antonio’s reading fluency has increased, and soon he will give up counting on his fingers as he learns to memorize the adding and subtracting of numbers. Even though I know I am a good tutor, I am convinced that Antonio’s work ethic and positive attitude are the real reasons for his success. It’s been such a pleasure working with him. I look forward to the days we meet so I can see him progress and develop into a caring, hard-working, intelligent young man.

Ben Philpott-Matson, Tutor

Region 5 – Hollywood, Silver Lake, Highland Park

Lele, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Lele, 12th Grade. Lele is 18, a senior in high school and a multitalented young woman. She has the rare combination of being naturally talented in both the arts and the sciences. I love how she is a deep thinker as well. She likes to talk about big social issues like racism and poverty, and it is an honor to discuss these things with her. We all have to overcome challenges at some point in our lives, but the strength and resilience she has demonstrated in overcoming her challenges is nothing short of inspiring. I must also mention that this young lady has a razor-sharp wit and often leaves us both doubled-over in laughter! The biggest thing we work on is her sitting down and doing the work necessary to channel her natural talents into success at school. She once showed me an assignment on a topic we had worked on where she got 100%! She was proud and so was I. One of my favorite days was when we visited a college campus, and she asked questions about college and told me she was considering it for the first time. Go Lele!

Tahiti Arsulowicz, Tutor

Region 7 – San Fernando Valley

Bonnie, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Bonnie, 2nd Grade. I started volunteering with School on Wheels because I felt like I had knowledge, time and patience to share with a student. From the beginning, I’ve felt a strong connection with Bonnie. She is bright and sassy with loads of energy, the second oldest with three rambunctious brothers. Every week on our way to the computer lab, we look for the turtle in the pond at the shelter and talk about her week at school. We talk about Disney movies, read lyrics to Taylor Swift songs to make reading fun and Bonnie tells me when my hair looks good.

Bonnie is a hard worker when it comes to her studies. She always comes with her homework completed, so we focus a lot on reading and writing exercises. She likes to try new books in the study room and is persistent in trying to figure out new words. Bonnie articulates her frustration when things aren’t clicking, and we talk through those emotions, focusing more on the effort than the results. The few times I’ve been out of town for the week, Bonnie runs to meet me at my car on our return session, asking again for an explanation of where I’ve been. Bonnie pays attention, and these sessions are important to her.

It’s an honor to be in Bonnie’s life and to see the light come on for her time and time again. She has such strong comprehension of what’s going on in the world around her; seeing her grow this year has been a privilege.

Mary Silver, Tutor

Region 10 – South Orange County

Melodie, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Melodie, 7th Grade. Melodie worked very hard over the summer to improve her reading comprehension and math skills. Each week she completed the homework assignments I put together and read from a novel of her choice. She completed twenty reading hours! Also, her seriousness toward her education and confidence in her abilities grew vastly. I am so very proud of her hard work! Just this past week we did a math assignment that she pounced on with excitement, such a change from just a couple months prior.

Heather De Felicis, Tutor

Online Tutoring

Alex, School on Wheels Student of the Month

– Alex, 6th Grade. GO ALEX!! I am so delighted to hear that Alex has been chosen for the Online Student of the Month. Alex was a pleasure to tutor and we had so much fun together. When I first met Alex, he was outgoing and ready to get to work. We’ve written and read so many stories together, but I believe the subject Alex improved the most in was math. When we first started going over math together, Alex didn’t know how to multiply, add or subtract fractions. But to my surprise, he picked up on the concept very quickly. He was on a roll. Looking back, my favorite thing we did was drawing and writing stories together based on that drawing. Alex drew a very creative and imaginative picture. It was a picture of a superhero, which he named “Supershehero”, who fought a villain to save fishes in the ocean. I remember Alex writing that the villain sprayed poison on the fishes. So then I asked him, “Did the fishes die??” To which he answered, “No, they can’t die, they have superpowers.” I got a laugh out of that! The real heartwarmer came when Alex put a twist on his story, and it ended up that the fishes (instead of the superhero) worked together to use their superpowers to defeat the villain. Overall, we had so much fun together, and Alex is such a bright and intelligent kid. Keep up the great work, Al

Teresa Nguyen, Online Tutor