One of my favorite things about my job is recognizing our volunteers. They give so much of their time, talent and love to our children every week while asking for nothing in return. For this tutor spotlight I have chosen to honor and thank outstanding and long-time tutor, Rita Novak.

Rita and her granddaughter, Kathryn

Rita has been involved with our program since 2009. She currently volunteers two times per week at two different locations and is not only loved by our staff but more importantly, our kids!  She truly cares for our kids and is extremely dedicated.  Because Rita works very closely with two of our staff members at our tutoring locations, I thought they would be the best people to speak about her as a tutor.

Rita is a very positive presence at MartH. She is always very excited about the projects and works very closely with the student that pairs up with her. She also looks for ways for the students to get involved beyond the classroom, including visits to our local museums.” – Kris Hurst, Program Coordinator for MartH

“Rita praises the efforts of the child and she celebrates their successes. She keeps the child engaged throughout tutoring. If a break is needed, it’s taken and then the work resumes. Rita is very clear in the expectations of tutoring time. She goes above and beyond by organizing the child’s backpack and making sure they are prepared for school the next day. She also tells the child she’ll be back next week, to have a good week and the following week she will ask, for example, how their spelling test went. She has even gotten her granddaughter involved and she is now a tutor.” – Teresa Unseld, Program Coordinator for Coburn Place

The School on Wheels’ staff would like to thank Rita for being such an amazing, dedicated tutor for our kids!

Our next dedicated volunteer could be YOU! One hour a week can change two lives – yours and theirs. Apply to volunteer today!