Cara LaRose is a talented tutor who can work with students at every level, from beginning readers through college-level students. She is skilled at teaching math, reading, study skills, test prep, ESL (English as a second language) and many other subjects. She has helped countless students improve various skills and, therefore, their grades in school.
Just last week, one of Cara’s high school students tested out three and a half grade levels higher in math than when she first started here a few months ago.
Joan Saks, our CLC Academy Teacher for the Kindergarten – 2nd grade class, has been a part of our team for about two years. She began as a Professional Tutor in our after-school program, working with elementary-aged children on basic reading, math and ESL (English as a Second Language). She has also worked as a counselor in our Summer Camp.
Joan is a fun-loving and effective CLC Academy instructor. She gets amazing products with her students and helps the kids understand the basics in life, including responsibility and help and why it is important to limit the time spent on TV and electronics. We are incredibly thankful to have Joan on our team!
Sandra Gaddy, our CLC Academy Assistant Teacher for the 3rd – 6th grade class, has been a part of the CLC team for over a year now. She began as a volunteer tutor in our Free Tutoring program on Saturdays and worked with her two grandchildren. Presently, she is working five days a week alongside Sharon Hillestad and is an invaluable member of our CLC Academy team of instructors. Sandra loves doing crafts and often adds fun arts and crafts activities to the kids’ academic schedule.
Sioux Hart, our Tutor Extraordinaire, has been working with students of all ages for years now. Her specialty is tutoring teens and adult students on all levels of math, reading, science, physics, English as a second language, GED prep, ACT/SAT test prep and more. Sioux also volunteers at our events and helps keep our Center looking fabulous by weeding the landscaping.
Sharon Hillestad, our 3rd – 6th grade teacher for Community Learning Center Academy and our CLC Director of Tutoring has amazing wins with her students. She has a strong purpose to help and her students make tremendous gains in their programs.
Sharon also administers assessment testing for students, writes tutoring programs, recommends materials for the tutors and supervises the school and tutoring cycles. Sharon has been an amazing Community Learning Center team member for decades and she is a tremendous asset for this organization!
Darlene Heinz and Pia Hopner are motivated college students who are on a three-month work study to become teachers in Germany. Darlene plans to teach students in 5th through 10th grade and Pia plans to teach students in 1st through 4th grade. They have been wonderful volunteer tutors in our Homework Help program.
Thanks for all of your help with our students, Darlene Heinz and Pia Hopner!
Tami Held has been a tutor in our Professional program and our Homework Help Volunteer program for approximately one year now. She also ran our Morning Tutoring program and did a beautiful job getting the teenagers up to speed so that they could reenter middle school and high school or enter the work force. She is skilled at teaching several subjects including science, math, language arts, social studies and SAT prep. She works very well with children of all ages and she gets an amazing product every time.
Thanks for all of your help with your students and for being a wonderful asset to our organization, Tami Held!
Chris Auro has been a volunteer reading tutor for students in our Homework Help program. She has also been helping get gently-used children’s books donated for our Free Books and Art for Kids events each month.
Thanks for all of your help with your students and for helping with book donations, Chris Auro!
Janine Vassall is our new fun and energetic Director of Volunteer Services. She has been working with our students in our after-school homework help program. She has also been helping with administrative duties and events and she is getting ready to do public speaking engagements and fundraising for the Community Learning Center. Janine has a strong purpose for helping kids and she is a great addition to the CLC team.
Thanks for all you do to help and for your time and effort with your students, Janine Vassall!
Kendal Lucas has been a volunteer math tutor for the college students in our SAT prep program and other students who need help with math. He is working with one of our tutors to create a new SAT program that we can offer regularly at the Community Learning Center.
Thanks for volunteering and for your effort with your students, Kendal Lucas!
Thank you for volunteering and for your effort with your students, Tom Lynch!
Maria Blankenship helps many students in our Free Homework Help Volunteer Program. She has been a tutor with the Community Learning Center for over three months now and she is friendly, caring, consistent and bilingual.
Thanks for your help and your dedication to your students, Maria Blankenship!
Rue Ann Furbish is our Tutor of the Month because she helps so many students in our Professional and Volunteer tutoring programs. She has been a tutor with the Community Learning Center for approximately five years now. She helps promote our tutoring programs by passing out postcards to local parents. She has also been a Voting Maniac in all four of our contests.
Thanks for all of the help you give to your students, for your positive energy and for the time you volunteer for the CLC to help us expand our programs, Rue Ann Furbish!
Adam Struckhoff is our Tutor of the Month because he helps so many students in our Affordable Tutoring program and our Free Homework Help program. He has been a tutor for approximately eight years with the Community Learning Center. He has been a Voting Maniac in all of our contests. Adam is also an annual sponsor of our Casino Night fundraiser.
Thanks for all of the help you give and for the time you invest in your students and the Community Learning Center, Adam Struckhoff!
Mary Kwapil came to the Community Learning Center approximately four months ago as an AARP volunteer and she has been helping us with volunteer tutoring, event promotion and call-in, updating information in our database, cleaning and organizing the Center and so much more.
Thanks for all of your hard work at the CLC, Mary Kwapil!
Sioux Hart has been one of the CLC’s amazing tutors for the past six years in our grant-funded and professional tutoring programs. Recently, she a volunteer tutor for an adult student named PJ who was at a 4th grade level when he began his tutoring program. Sioux tutored PJ for one hour every day Monday through Friday for over six months and PJ excelled rapidly. PJ graduated with his GED in August and is doing very well in life now thanks to Sioux’s tremendous effort and care.
Sioux has also been an incredible help with promoting CLC’s events and fundraisers and she was a Voting Maniac in the Pepsi, Chase, Citgo and Mary Kay contests. Thank you for all that you do for your students and for the CLC, Sioux Hart! You are sincerely appreciated.
Jane Dryer has been working with the Community Learning Center for the past three years. She has been a fabulous tutor in our grant-funded and professional tutoring programs. She also volunteers at our Books for Kids events.
Thank you for all that you do for your students and for the CLC, Jane Dryer!
Joan and her husband Mal Pasco successfully ran a school called Back to Basics for 12 years. Joan was a marvelous educator.
Joan will be deeply missed and always remembered for her wonderful work with the students and families at the Community Learning Center.
Adam Struckhoff has been working with the Community Learning Center for approximately seven years. He has been a wonderful tutor in our grant-funded program and our professional tutoring program (and he is willing to do man-work when asked as well!). Adam goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to his students. He has also been a Voting Maniac in the Pepsi, Chase and Citgo contests.
We appreciate all of your help and the time you devote to the CLC, Adam Struckhoff!
Kayla McNealy (pictured on left above) and Alexia Singletary (pictured on right above) are our Community Learning Center tutors who have been participating in the Teens Tutoring with Technology program that is sponsored by Best Buy. They both completed extensive tutor training. Kayla then tutored a 5th grader for 20 hours and Alexia tutored a 2nd grader. Both of their students did well with the tutoring and made measurable progress as a result! We appreciate all of your help and the time you devote to the CLC, Kayla and Alexia!
Jermaine Robinson and Sherrod Robinson have been tutors in our Teens Tutoring with Technology program that is sponsored by Best Buy. They both completed extensive tutor training and then tutored their three younger siblings. All three children showed measurable progress in their reading as a result. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to your students, Jermaine and Sherrod.
Bill Fiorentino has been the Director of Finance at the CLC for four years now. Bill is a wonderful reading and math tutor in our after-school program and he has continued as a volunteer tutor for his students after they completed their programs.
Bill has also been a Voting Maniac in the Pepsi, Chase and Citgo contests. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to your students and the CLC, Bill Fiorentino. We really appreciate you!
Jasmine Freihoff is one of our Community Learning Center volunteer tutors who has been participating in the Thursday night Homework Help sessions. Jasmine first volunteered for the CLC for over a year when she was just 12 years old.
Jasmine has also been a Voting Maniac in the Pepsi and Chase contests. We appreciate all of your help and the time you devote to the CLC, Jasmine Freihoff!
Melinda Watson is one of the CLC’s amazing tutors who has been working in our after-school tutoring program for over five years now. She helps her students learn life skills and have fun by taking them to the public library and to events including Winter Wonderland and other special holiday events.
Melinda has been a Voting Maniac in our Pepsi, Chase and Citgo contests! We appreciate all of your help and the time you devote to the CLC, Melinda Watson!
Rosalia Morandin has been a volunteer tutor during the Thursday night homework help sessions for six months. Rosalia has also volunteered to help promote our events and fundraisers over the last three years by making calls to our Spanish-speaking families. She has been on staff for three years as our receptionist and assistant tutor.
Rosalia is a Voting Maniac who has participated in the Pepsi, Chase and Citgo contests! She also helps translate all of our promotional materials in Spanish. We appreciate all of your help and the time you devote to the CLC, Rosalia Morandin!
Mark Krajewski has been a volunteer tutor during the Thursday night homework help sessions for six weeks now. Mark began helping the CLC by becoming a Voting Maniac in the Chase contest! He then offered to help upgrade our e-mail marketing program and integrate it with our social media accounts. He is currently running a holiday card campaign that benefits the Community Learning Center and Youth For Human Rights. We appreciate all of your help and the time you devote to the CLC, Mark Krajewski!