Posts Tagged ‘victor’

Showing Up for Excellence

Many of you have been asking me if I’m still tutoring Victor. I am. I’m continuing to tutor him once a week, though I’m going to be blogging about him once a month. Increased activity in the Reading Kingdom company (and rest of the blog) is the main reason for my decision. Great news! After several months of waiting and…

Tested

Some time ago I stopped doing the Reading Kingdom with Victor because his home life didn’t support him doing the program on his own. As a result, he had only been doing the program with me and once a week isn’t enough for it to be effective. (The program is a curriculum which requires students to do it 4-5 times…

Truth in Tutoring

“How are you?” “Not good,” Victor said, as he flopped on the couch in despair, “I hate my life.” He fought back tears and told me what was going on. Our hour turned into more of a therapy session than a homework session, as he confessed to me the travails of his life, the details of which, even though Victor…

My Heart is Not So Scalable

The L.A. Times just published an article profiling School on Wheels, and their south L.A. learning center that I wrote about in this blog a few months ago. The article states that in “the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest, nearly 13,500 students were identified as homeless in the 2009-10 school year.” School on Wheels serves more than…

Truth or Consequences

I’m stuck in Truth or Consequences, a high desert town of about 7,000 people in southeastern New Mexico with hot springs and a small community of artists who hold an annual New Year’s celebration. Unfortunately, the subfreezing temperatures displeased the diesel engine in my Jeep and I’m here long after my scheduled departure date until an auto mechanic repairs my…

One boy who is getting a merry Christmas

The other day Victor’s mom, Maria, called me and a slew of friends and family in the US and Mexico with joyful news. “I got Section 8,” she cried, as excited as an actress winning an Oscar. Section 8 is a federal program provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that sponsors subsidized housing for low-income…