Meet the Scholar Coaches

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Each year, the Schuler Scholar Program recruits highly motivated, academically strong college graduates to work as AmeriCorps Scholar Coaches (SCs). These SCs come from a variety of backgrounds and offer diverse skill sets. In this ever-evolving and challenging position, SCs deliver enrichment programs and mentor Schuler Scholars. For some, the SC experience lays a solid foundation for next career steps, while for others it serves as a bridge before going on to graduate school. In either case, SCs become an integral part of the organization and of Scholars’ lives. When SCs complete their AmeriCorps service, they usually stay connected to Schuler and continue to be resources for Scholars and for one another. Check out what SC alumni are doing now.

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh2008—2010

Education

  • Undergraduate - Washington University in St. Louis
  • Graduate - University of Pennsylvania, DDS student

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School
Alyssa Park

Alyssa Park2013—2015

Education

  • Undergraduate - Smith College

Service Site

  • Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep
  • North Chicago Community High School
Njeri Parker

Njeri Parker 2013—2015

Education

  • Undergraduate - Chapman University

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Gala Patenkovic

Gala Patenkovic2017—2019

Education

  • Undergraduate - Kenyon College

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Kerry Pearson

Kerry Pearson2010—2012

Education

  • Undergraduate - University of Illinois

Service Site

  • Round Lake High School

Current Position

Kerry is the Educational Counselor for the Schuler Scholar Program at Highland Park High School.

Cynthia Perez

Cynthia Perez2013—2014

Education

  • Undergraduate - Stanford University

Service Site

  • Maine East High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

Cynthia is now attending Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Jane Pryma

Jane Pryma 2012—2013

Education

  • Undergraduate - Kenyon College

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Karina Quintana

Karina Quintana2016—2018

Education

  • Undergraduate - Bard College

Service Site

  • George Westinghouse College Prep

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Studio Art

Lissette Ramirez

Lissette Ramirez2017—2019

Education

  • Undergraduate - Smith College

Service Site

  • RTC Medical Preparatory Magnet High School
Claire Reeder

Claire Reeder2011—2013

Education

  • Undergraduate - Grinnell College

Service Site

  • Round Lake High School

Current Position

Claire is currently a Practice Management Analyst at Axiom, a new model legal services firm. 

Past Positions, Other Notes

"Serving with the Schuler Scholar Program profoundly shaped my life as I stepped into the post-graduate world, both on the personal and professional levels, and opened doors for future development. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with thoughtful, inspiring colleagues and Scholars. 'Round Lake spirit check!'"

Raymonda Reese

Raymonda Reese2009—2010

Education

  • Undergraduate - Carleton College

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School
Emily Richardson-Rossbach

Emily Richardson-Rossbach2009—2010

Education

  • Undergraduate - Kalamazoo College

Service Site

  • Highland Park High School
Lucinda  Robinson

Lucinda Robinson2014—2016

Education

  • Undergraduate - Carleton College

Service Site

  • Maine East High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

Major: Mathematics, Concentration in Educational Studies

Isabel  Rodriguez

Isabel Rodriguez 2012—2013

Education

  • Undergraduate - Carleton College

Service Site

  • North Chicago Community High School