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.

Eric Ewing

Eric Ewing2016—2018

Education

  • Undergraduate - Carleton College

Service Site

  • Highland Park High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Computer Science and Classics

Jasmine Ferguson

Jasmine Ferguson2015—2017

Education

  • Undergraduate - Pomona College

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Public Policy Analysis with concentration in Sociology

Jordan Finzel (Derenzo)

Jordan Finzel (Derenzo)2007—2008

Education

  • Undergraduate - North Central College

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

From Jordan: "I actually got engaged during my time working as a Scholar Coach and was married on August 31, 2008, right after completing my year of service with Schuler through AmeriCorps. I am just now coming up on my fifth wedding anniversary and just had my second child, a little girl on August 6th. I also have a son who will be three in November."

Aurora Flores Garcia

Aurora Flores Garcia 2010—2011

Education

  • Undergraduate - DePauw University

Service Site

  • Highland Park High School
Stephanie Fongheiser

Stephanie Fongheiser2017—2019

Education

  • Undergraduate - Kenyon College

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School
Evy Fraga

Evy Fraga2013—2015

Education

  • Undergraduate - Swarthmore College

Service Site

  • North Chicago Community High School
Lauren  Frantz

Lauren Frantz 2012—2014

Education

  • Undergraduate - Davidson College

Service Site

  • Maine East High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

Lauren is now an English Teaching Assistant in Greece.

Mish Gajewski

Mish Gajewski2015—2017

Education

  • Undergraduate - Ohio University

Service Site

  • RTC Medical Preparatory Magnet High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Major: Creative Writing

Joana Garcia

Joana Garcia2015—2017

Education

  • Undergraduate - Dartmouth College

Service Site

  • Zion-Benton Township District 126

Past Positions, Other Notes

Major: Sociology

John Garvey

John Garvey2007—2008

Education

  • Undergraduate - University of Southern California
  • Graduate - Teachers College at Columbia University, Peace Corps Fellow (this is a program for former PCVs where we earn our masters at Columbia University while teaching at high needs schools in New York City).

Service Site

  • Waukegan High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso.

Celina  Garza

Celina Garza2013—2015

Education

  • Undergraduate - Tufts University

Service Site

  • Round Lake High School
Nicolas Gatz

Nicolas Gatz2017—2019

Education

  • Undergraduate - University of Texas at Austin

Service Site

  • Maine East High School
Hosain Ghassemi

Hosain Ghassemi2017—2019

Education

  • Undergraduate - Middlebury College

Service Site

  • RTC Medical Preparatory Magnet High School
Hannah  Gilfix

Hannah Gilfix2015—2017

Education

  • Undergraduate - Oberlin College

Service Site

  • Maine East High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

BA, Major: Neuroscience