Chris Wingert became an OASIS tutor after seeing an ad in a newsletter requesting volunteers. “The ad asked if you could spare an hour of your time, and I thought it would be a good way to give back,” Chris says.
To Chris’ delight, she receives as much or more than she gives as a tutor. “It is extremely satisfying for me,” she says. “I come home and my mood is completely elevated.”
Chris began tutoring during the 2012-2013 school year at Rock Springs Elementary in Escondido, CA. During that first year, she tutored two second-grade students in reading and saw the big results from her efforts by the time the school year came to a close.
“One of the girls first started coming to me with her hair pulled down over her face like a veil. Just a few weeks later, she would come running to me with her hair pushed back and a smile on her face, anxious to get started. By the end of the year, her reading had improved by 20 points,” Chris says.
Chris (right) with San Diego OASIS Tutor Coordinator John Dunnicliff and a teacher at the school where she tutors.
Chris has one student assigned to her during the 2013-2014 school year, and she says her goal is to instill in this girl a love of reading. She uses everyday life experiences and events to demonstrate the importance of reading. For example, Chris recently went to Sacramento and brought back pictures of some school rules and regulations from the 1800s.
“We had fun reading those old rules together, making a game out it,” Chris says. “I’m showing her that you can read every minute of everyday, and it opens up a whole new world to you.”
In addition to tutoring, Chris has taken several OASIS classes and she finds both the tutoring and the classes to be enriching experiences.
“I feel like I’m making a difference in the future of these children.”
Chris is also an OASIS lifelong learner and an author! Here's another OASIS story about her.