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.

Sasha Nollman

Sasha Nollman2009—2010

Education

  • Undergraduate - Colorado College
  • Graduate - University of Washington, MSW/MPA student (expected '15)

Service Site

  • Warren Township High School

Past Positions, Other Notes

Sasha spent two years as a Case Manager at the Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle (transitional housing for vets).

Sasha is jazz vocalist with the band Good Co. http://goodcomusic.com/.

Career Interests

Philanthropy management, specializing in higher ed or public/private partnerships

Kate O'brien

Kate O'brien2014—2015

Education

  • Undergraduate - Haverford College

Service Site

  • CICS Ralph Ellison

Past Positions, Other Notes

Major: English., Minor: French

Najma  Osman

Najma Osman2012—2014

Education

  • Undergraduate - Grinnell College

Service Site

  • CICS Ralph Ellison
  • Waukegan High School
Elizabeth  Paredes

Elizabeth Paredes 2011—2013

Education

  • Undergraduate - DePaul University

Service Site

  • Highland Park High School
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
Joanna Paul

Joanna Paul2018—2020

Education

  • Undergraduate - Wesleyan University

Service Site

  • Highland Park 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.

Jesal S. Pothi

Jesal S. Pothi2018—2020

Education

  • Undergraduate - Pomona College

Service Site

  • Lindblom Math & Science Academy
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