JOYA Scholars SOV 21

Published: April 2, 2021

Honoree’s Name: Ellen Kermer

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Dedication and patience with students. Ellen has volunteered with JOYA for several years and she has established a good and enriching relationship with her students, Cindy, Alison, and Alan. She is patient and cares deeply about their academic progress.
Honoree’s Name: Kelly Harrity

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Always going above and beyond for students! Kelly is incredibly selfless and is always supportive and encouraging of her students, Charlie, Luz, & Sergio. She works with them in order to facilitate their learning and is always open and flexible to meet them where they’re at.
Honoree’s Name: Quang Pham

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Quang is both a dedicated tutor and mentor and cares deeply about his students. Quang is an exceptional mentor and tutor, always there to help his students Juan, Emily, and George. He goes beyond his duties and is always checking in to make sure that he is doing the best he can for his students.
Honoree’s Name: Hanna Yazdi

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Hanna serves JOYA as a mentor to two high school-age girls, Emily and Daisy. There are countless ways that Hanna has shown that she is extraordinary, from taking her mentees to get ice cream as a reward for getting good grades, setting up beach days to bond with them, to helping them make goals for their school year and future. But what truly makes her extraordinary is her compassion and dedication to Emily and Daisy as their mentor. Hanna is a role model through her actions and words and an individual that her mentees look up to immensely. JOYA is so lucky to have such an extraordinary volunteer like her!
Despite Hanna’s busy college schedule she always shows up for her students and brings such a positive energy to our program! She helps her students make goals and stay accountable all while having fun with each other.
Honoree’s Name: Kathey Schuster

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Kathey serves JOYA as a tutor to our high school students in subjects ranging from English to Math. What makes Kathey so extraordinary is her willingness to do more than what is asked of her and that she always goes the extra mile to help her students be successful in their academics. She will work countless hours to give her students the additional support they need and makes herself readily available when possible. Kathey not only exudes kindness but creates such a positive learning environment for her students despite the challenges of virtual tutoring this past year. JOYA is blessed to have an extraordinary educator like Kathey to be apart of our organization!
Kathey is not only extraordinary in the way that she serves our students, but she is always willing to give a helping hand to her fellow volunteers as well! She took the time to teach another volunteer tips on how to use different tools for tutoring.

 


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