By Tina Jenkins Bell, BAPA School Liaison
Last spring, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), along with volunteer Eileen Klees, began to work out the details for forming the Volunteer Tutor Corps. The Volunteer Tutor Corps is a free program for helping area remote learners in need of reinforcement or homework assistance and also a response to parents who voiced a need for instructional support as they balance work, life, parenting, and their new roles as assistants to their children’s teachers.
Though the program is still evolving, a modest group of volunteers have stepped forward and are now available to tutor students in need of assistance.
Below is an introduction to the volunteers, their skill or academic area and their availability.
Parents whose children need homework or tutoring can choose from these volunteers, which will be available on BAPA’s website under “Resources.”
After identifying a specific tutor, parents should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with their request. Bell will forward the request to the specific tutor who will contact the parent. Direct contact information for each tutor will not be immediately available until the tutor contacts the parent.
BAPA is still expanding this program and in need of more volunteers. If interested in becoming a volunteer, contact me at email@example.com.
Skill Areas: Grades K-8 in all subjects and at all levels
Availability: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12 to 2 p.m.
Minakshi Joshi holds an Illinois Substitute Teaching license and is currently employed as a Substitute Teacher with CPS. She has a wide and varied background ranging from scientific research to administrative management for a small business.
“Although I like working with elementary school students and students with learning difficulties, I am able to assist high school students with biology and English literature,” she said.
Skill Areas: Grades K-8 in all subjects, and high school student in language arts, social sciences, biology, earth science, algebra and geometry.
Availability by appointment.
Eileen Klees practices accounting and tutored students in business courses while attending college at UIC. She has three Millennial age sons who were all honors students in high school.
Rita Conway Koziarski
Skill Areas: High school chemistry and general science.
Availability : Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.
Rita Conway Koziarski has a BS in Chemistry Ed and a MEd in Computer Education. She taught high school chemistry for 30 years and Science Ed at CSU for 10 years.
Skill Area: Grades K-8, all subjects at all levels.
Availability: Monday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Terry Wall is a retired Occupational Therapist who worked in the school system with special needs children for 15 years. She holds an Illinois Substitute Teaching license and is currently employed as a Substitute Teacher with CPS. She has a wide and varied background ranging from scientific research to administrative management for a small business. Although she likes working with elementary school students and students with learning difficulties, she is able to assist high school students with biology and English literature.
Skill Areas: Grades K-5, math and reading
Availability: School day and afternoons
Corrinne Madden has a Master’s in middle school education and in curriculum and instruction. She prefers teaching K-5 math and reading skills, which are difficult to learn in a group setting via virtual engagement. She is a recently retired certified teacher.