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.

Chloe  Sikes

Chloe Sikes 2010—2011

Education

  • Undergraduate - Grinnell College
  • Graduate - Chloe is applying to University of Texas in Austin College of Education for an M.A.

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School

Current Position

Chloe now works as the Admission and Recruitment Coordinator at Southwestern University, a small, liberal arts university and one of the 40 Colleges that Change Lives. 

Abigail Simon

Abigail Simon2014—2016

Education

  • Undergraduate - Brandeis University

Service Site

  • Highland Park High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

Major: Education Studies, Minors: Latin American and Latino Studies; Social Justice and Social Policy

Jane Simonton

Jane Simonton2015—2017

Education

  • Undergraduate - Kenyon College

Service Site

  • Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, International Studies of Development, Minor: History

Britney Smart

Britney Smart2016—2018

Education

  • Undergraduate - Skidmore College

Service Site

  • RTC Medical Preparatory Magnet High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Public Health

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith2009—2010

Education

  • Undergraduate - Carleton College

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Ave Spencer

Ave Spencer2017—2019

Education

  • Undergraduate - Oberlin College

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Natalie Staples

Natalie Staples2014—2016

Education

  • Undergraduate - Kenyon College

Service Site

  • Round Lake High School

Current Position

After serving for two years, Natalie transitioned to the role of Writing Program Associate based at North Chicago High School.

Past Positions, Other Notes

Major: English

Hannah Strong

Hannah Strong2017—2019

Education

  • Undergraduate - Hamilton College

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Ron Sullivan

Ron Sullivan2013—2015

Education

  • Undergraduate - Wabash College

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School

Current Position

After his second service year Ron stayed with Schuler and is now serving as a STEM Program Associate.

David Sweeney

David Sweeney2007—2009

Education

  • Undergraduate - Northern Illinois University

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School

Current Position

Dave is a Program Manager at Reading in Motion.

Lauren Sweeney (Yearsich)

Lauren Sweeney (Yearsich)2007—2009

Education

  • Undergraduate - Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Graduate - University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, MSW

Service Site

  • Round Lake High School
Megan Thompson

Megan Thompson2015—2017

Education

  • Undergraduate - Barnard College

Service Site

  • Round Lake High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Major: Urban Studies, Educational Studies

Alyssa Topolsky

Alyssa Topolsky2013—2015

Education

  • Undergraduate - Kenyon College

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Yessenia Tostado

Yessenia Tostado2016—2018

Education

  • Undergraduate - Dickinson College

Service Site

  • Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Psychology and Health Studies