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 Ana Luis, one of our Program Coordinators who manages tutoring every evening at our partner locations and makes it all happen.
What is your role at School on Wheels?
I am the Program Coordinator at Dayspring Center.
What do you do when you’re not Program Coordinating?
I work for the Christel House DORS Program, which is a high school for adult students who are returning to get their high school diploma. I am the lead teacher there – I teach Algebra half the day and coach instructors the other half of the day.
Why did you decide to join the School on Wheels team?
I love working with adults at DORS, but I was really missing my time with the kiddos. I love getting to spend time with the little ones and supporting their learning. In my teaching experience I have run across a lot of students experiencing homelessness and know how much it can impact a student’s achievement, and I wanted to be a part of a program that helped support students while going through that.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I love watching the kids form bonds with their tutors and get excited to work with the tutors on their homework. There is nothing better than a big hug from a student who is happy to see you. It is really gratifying to see the impact that our program makes on kids and families and to see the academic progress that the kids make.
Can you share one of your favorite tutoring stories?
One of my favorite tutoring stories is working with a little girl named Diana. She was the youngest of eight siblings and she really loved the one-on-one time she had at tutoring. She was really resistant to completing homework at first, but after a few weeks in SOW, she was not only completing her homework with enthusiasm, but doing extra work. Her grades and skills improved that semester.
What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I used to be a nationally competitive synchronized swimmer.
Want to learn more about our staff members? Check out our other Meet the Staff blog posts!