I have met some of the most wonderful, interesting and committed people who are tutoring for Experience Corps. You all have brought so much joy to my work. It is time for you to get to know each other a little better. I have asked all of the site coordinators to send me bios on as many of you as possible, but we all know how hard they work and how busy they are, so if you want to send a paragraph about yourself, do it! I would love to publish something about each volunteer.
Here are two of our San Francisco members. I have had the pleasure of meeting both of these gentlemen, and can personally attest to Experience Corps good fortune at having them on board.
Splitting three days a week between John Muir and Monroe elementary schools, Fred Brundage has become a face that school staff and students recognize and appreciate. Whether working in small groups, 1:1, or attending events where he discusses his passion for today’s youth, Fred states that he can’t imagine a volunteer experience more worthwhile than improving the lives of young children. When asked why he continues to give so much of his time, Fred’s outgoing nature takes on that of a humble man who intelligently expresses the opportunity to grow with each student; to change the life of a struggling child through literacy tutoring, while also forming a generational friendship that has yet to exist in any other place besides that of a family. Whether it’s the halls of John Muir or the classrooms of Monroe, when the name Fred Brundage comes up, a good word is spoken on his behalf.
Mrs. Hughes, a teacher who has worked with Ken for the last year and a half, cannot say enough good things about the skills, influence, and involvement that he brings to her classroom. Splitting his four full days a week among five teachers at Hillcrest Elementary School, Ken Baty actively strives to improve the literacy of each child he works with. Without any background in classroom education, Ken has taken on the role as both mentor and tutor with an open mind and heart. One only has to observe Ken in the classroom–watching him move between struggling students, discuss editing with a child whose future becomes all that more bright as each new word is grasped, and choose grade level stories of interest–to see that he has found a place where giving back feels both natural and necessary.