Each month, we’ll be introducing you to a new School on Wheels staff member so you can learn more about the people who make our programs run successfully! This month, we’ll highlight Teresa Unseld, one of our Program Coordinators who manages tutoring every evening at our partner locations and makes it all happen. She is one of our many Program Coordinators who originally started out as tutors – read on to learn more about her!
What did you do before you came here?
Before joining School on Wheels I taught business subjects in high school, performed administrative duties to upper management at a manufacturing facility and high school, worked in the human relations department in a warehouse facility and worked in a day care.
Why did you decide to join the School on Wheels team?
I became a volunteer at School on Wheels through the suggestion of a friend. After tutoring for a year, I began my current role of Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator’s role is to ensure the tutoring hour operates efficiently to ensure continued student educational/life skills success. Behind the scenes, time is spent building relationships with tutors, moms, teachers and staff.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is the amazing people – students, tutors, moms and staff. It truly is a privilege to be on this journey with each of them.
Can you share one of your favorite tutoring stories?
I actually have two stories which demonstrate the positive impact of tutoring on so many lives.
The first story: Each night at my location, students complete a writing prompt and then are invited to share their responses at the end of the session. A kindergartener was standing in line to read her response. The student looked very nervous, so her tutor joined the kindergartener in line. As they were standing in line, the student reached out her open hand to the tutor. The tutor, a high school student, placed her hand into the open, outstretched palm of the kindergarten student. It was fantastic to see the support and trust between the two.
The second story: One of our first grade students received a treat at school, a single Hershey’s Kiss. This first grader has a great relationship with his tutor and wanted to save his treat for his tutor. The Hershey’s Kiss made it all the way from school, to the bus and back home, where the student gave the treat to his tutor during the tutoring hour. His tutor graciously accepted the gift, took it home and placed it on her dresser.
It truly amazes me the impact that our tutors make on the lives of our children.
Want to get more involved? Apply to become a tutor today!