May 30

Volunteers of the Month – May 2023

Jeanie Nguyen

Jeanie is super communicative and is always present for her student. She is a delight to work with and someone I can definitely count on.

– Sandy Cervantes, Regional Coordinator

I grew up with a lot of younger cousins, and I have always loved working with children. I have a passion for kids and wanted to do something that would help them see their own potential and succeed, so when I discovered School on Wheels, it was a natural fit.

What I have found most rewarding as a volunteer tutor is watching the improvements in my students. It is especially rewarding when I see them the following week and they tell me that they aced their tests! One memorable experience was during the Christmas season. I decided to have a relaxing session where we played board games against each other; if I lost, I would have to get my student a Christmas gift, but if he lost, he would have to read an entire book. He won, and when I saw his face light up it was the cutest thing!

To anyone considering volunteering, I say just do it. When I first started I had no expectations and was quite nervous, but as I got to know my student more, I became more passionate and it has become very rewarding.

Pasha Mehranpour

I nominated Pasha because of the dedication and hard work he shows for our students. In the short time he has been with us, he has stepped up and always does more for our students. Even before being matched with a student, Pasha made it clear he wanted to help us in any way could. 

– Cynthia Gonzalez, Regional Coordinator

I love teaching and was looking for ways to serve my community. I found School on Wheels and it has turned out to be a perfect opportunity for me!

The most rewarding part of tutoring is the moment that a student first understands something you are teaching and you can see it in their face. My student once laughed out loud when they realized they could solve their math problem without my help; it was as if they couldn’t believe it! This was the first breakthrough we had together, and I think it helped to build my student’s confidence in their abilities.

You can make a big difference in someone’s life by providing support where it is needed. Helping these children is important and rewarding work.

Daniela Soto

I nominated Daniela because she is humbly committed to helping our students and goes above and beyond. She and her student, Esteban, started meeting 5-6 days a week after finding out that Esteban was struggling with learning all subjects in English as a native Spanish speaker. Daniela is easygoing, quick to respond, and always steps up to help.

– Sarah Fraza, Regional Coordinator

I became a volunteer tutor with School on Wheels because I wanted to help students succeed in difficult times. 

There are so many memorable experiences; it’s difficult to pick one. It is so rewarding when the student understands the material well, so I would say when the student finally understands the overall concept of the assignment in their own way of learning. 

Volunteering at School On Wheels is an exceptional experience that I recommend to anyone. You can help these students in very difficult situations succeed in school and in life. You will not regret it at all.