This summer has flown by at School on Wheels! In addition to running our It’s a WRAP! (Writing, Reading, Art, and Performance) summer program, our staff has been hard at work preparing for the coming school year and the start of tutoring at the end of August. All in the midst of adapting to some exciting changes in our staff here at School on Wheels!

Over the coming months, we will be posting a “Meet the Staff” series every month to help you become more familiar with our office staff and Program Coordinators out in the field. To kick off this series, we thought we’d share with you the staff changes and new members of our program team.

PCsFirst of all, we want to offer a warm welcome to the two newest members of the School on Wheels family, Tonia Carriger and Ana Luis, our newest Program Coordinators. Tonia has been a long-time School on Wheels tutor and was most recently the recipient of our 2014 Tutor of the Year Award. Besides working as the new Julian Center Program Coordinator, Tonia also works as the Director of Business at the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.  During the day, Ana teachers algebra at the Excel Center for adult learners and has helped 100% of her students pass the End of Course assessment in algebra.  She will be joining us as the Program Coordinator at Dayspring and Wheeler.  Please join us in offering a warm welcome to both Tonia and Ana!

In addition to our new Program Coordinators, we have had many current program staff take on new roles within our organization. Laura Alvarado, who used to serve as our Director of Programs and Partnerships, is now the Vice President of Programs and Community Outreach.  In her new role, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Indianapolis Continuum of Care: Housing and Intervention & Prevention Committee, will work closely with our new Hidden Homeless pilot at local schools and will continue to work to find creative ways to engage community partners in our mission.

program1Karen Routt, who used to oversee Program Coordinators and tutoring as our Program Manager, has taken on the role of the Director of Programs and will manage all aspects of our programs and evaluation. Erin Brown, the former Dayspring and Julian Center Program Coordinator, has taken over the role of Program Manager, and will be working closely with the Program Coordinators and overseeing tutoring at all locations.

Congratulations to Laura, Karen, and Erin on your new roles! We are very happy to share these exciting changes with you.  Look out for our new “Meet the Staff” series starting next month to learn more about each of these awesome ladies and the rest of our staff!

Can’t wait until next month? Want to learn the basics about our team now? Check out our Staff page!