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 Cindy Ruby, one of our Program Coordinators who manages tutoring every evening at our partner locations and makes it all happen. She has been a great supporter of School on Wheels for years – read on to learn more about her!

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What’s your role at School on Wheels?
I am the Program Coordinator at Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (formerly IHN).  As a Program Coordinator, I oversee tutoring to assure the students and tutors have the most productive hour possible. I try to create an atmosphere that promotes learning. Once the kids arrive from school, they get settled in with a tutor and work on their daily/weekly assignments. If there is extra time, we have a variety of math and language art games both on iPads and in our tutor toolkits to use.

What do you do when you’re not Program Coordinating?
I work for Royal United Mortgage in the Compliance/Licensing Department.

Why did you decide to join the School on Wheels team?
I began volunteering at School on Wheels as a tutor about 5 years ago and liked it so well I applied for the next open PC position.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing is getting to know the families at the day center and being a small part of their success. They are very brave to ask for help and work very hard at bettering themselves. I love it when the bus comes and the kids fly up the stairs to the tutoring room, throwing backpacks, asking for a snack and sharing the details of their day. It’s wonderful that we can provide a safe place for them to do that.

Can you share one of your favorite tutoring stories?
I have a favorite story from each night. Right now we have several children that get very good grades. They still crave guidance and attention and it makes us feel good that we can provide it.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I love all four seasons but really look forward to winter. I enjoy hibernating with books and movies and a nice fireplace. It’s my time to rest up for the rest of the year.