Every few months, 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’re highlighting Kayla Bacon, our Communications Coordinator.
What is your role at School on Wheels?
I have the fun responsibility of running our social media accounts, keeping the website up-to-date, sending out newsletters, and working on new ways to engage and steward our amazing donors.
What did you do before you started working at School on Wheels?
This past spring, I graduated from Purdue University- Boiler Up! I spent the summer working at YMCA Camp Tecumseh as the multimedia specialist before moving to Broad Ripple and starting at School on Wheels.
Why did you decide to join the School on Wheels team?
Three of my biggest passions are using media to connect with others, empowering children, and working with donors to make sure they know that they are so appreciated and vital to the mission and success of any organization. When I found out that working for School on Wheels would allow me to combine those three things into a JOB, I was sold and couldn’t wait to get started!
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
So far, my favorite thing is listening to our staff and volunteers light up about tutoring and the impact that they get to have on kiddos. It’s such a joy to know that I’m surrounded by individuals who not only work tirelessly day in and day out to make a difference, but also genuinely love what they do and who they do it for. Knowing that the work I’m doing is having an impact on even one kid going through a rough time is what keeps me going.
Can you share one of your favorite tutoring stories?
The very first day that I visited a tutoring site, I was taking pictures. I didn’t really get to interact with the students much, but at the end of the session, one of the kiddos came up to me and said “BYE, Miss uh…uhh…uhhhh..BACON haha!” as he tried to act like he knew my name, then tried to slyly read my name tag. It meant so much to me that this student, who has so much going on both in school and at home, took the time to tell the new girl hi and to try and learn my name. I can’t wait to tutor more kiddos and have more favorite tutoring stories to share!
What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
When I’m not at School on Wheels, you can catch me with a camera in my hand! I also own my own photography business, and it’s so rewarding to be able to serve others and preserve stories from behind my camera.