Emma Graham - Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa Elementary School
Meet Emma Graham, an incredible mentor with Homework Zone at Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa Elementary School.
Currently in U3 and studying History and French, Emma has previously been a Homework Zone mentor at Pierre-Elliott Trudeau and Parkdale Elementary schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Emma has always enjoyed working with youth. In the past, she has volunteered at a daycare centre in Italy and was also a summer camp counsellor. At Karonhianónhnha, she has been helping students in Grade 5 and Grade 6 with their math homework.
Emma has shown that she can adapt to new situations and is willing to offer helping other students who may need it. She has also been putting her creative muscle to work with the students. Last week, she helped her mentees make crowns to go along with their Halloween costumes out of newspaper! Emma's mentees enjoy playing board games with her (specifically SORRY!) and her compassionate and cheerful attitude makes everyone enjoy being around her!
All of us at Homework Zone would like to thank Emma for all the amazing work that she does on a weekly basis, and for returning this semester to volunteer her time once again. We’re looking forward to all that she still has to offer!
Noa Fragneau - Howard S. Billings High School
Written by Drake D'Souza
Meet Noa Fragneau, one of the wonderful Howard S. Billings High School Homework Zone mentors! Noa, who is originally from the west coast of France came to McGill after also spending a year as an exchange student in the USA. She is currently studying Education as a Kindergarten / Elementary teacher in the French Immersion Program.
Since joining Homework Zone this semester Noa has continually impressed with her enthusiasm, patience and compassion. She is adored and appreciated by all that she works with!
When asked why she comes back to Homework Zone, Noa said “I really want to see [my mentee] succeed in French. I see that he knows what to do and what to say most of the time but doesn’t necessarily trust himself enough which prevent him from developing his French. I see a lot of myself in him and I hope I can help him understand French as well as progressing. It is also a great practice as a future teacher to adapt exercises, practices, and lessons to a specific student’s needs.”
This semester Noa is most proud of the progress her mentee has made thus far. Seeing him believe him in himself more and more each session has made her incredibly proud. She is thrilled to be able to assist in his journey and congratulate him along the way, especially knowing first-hand how difficult the French language could be to pick up.
All of us here at Homework Zone are tremendously thankful for the positivity, dedication and inspiring attitude Noa brings to the program. Thank you Noa!
Aaron Maccosham – Kahnawa:ke Survival School
Written by Emily Booker
Meet Aaron Maccosham, a standout Homework Zone mentor! Aaron is in his second year of Master’s of Science in Epidemiology.
This is Aaron’s third semester as a mentor, he has been a fantastic member of the homework zone community! Last year Aaron participated in the homework helpers’ program at Karonhianonhnha Tsi Elementary School in Kahnawa:ke and this year he is a mentor at the Kahnawake Survival School. During his time in with the program Aaron has continually impressed with his positive attitude, leadership skills and ability to connect with the mentees.
When asked about his decision to return to the program this year, Aaron said “I am excited to be mentoring with Homework Zone at Kahnawake Survival School (KSS)! Last year, I mentored several Karonhianonhnha Grade 6 students. In addition to furthering my connection with the students every week, it was extremely gratifying to watch my mentees improve their grades over the year. It felt as if I was making a meaningful difference in their lives. For my mentees, the new school year brings a transition from elementary school to high school. As such, I thought that the best way to serve my mentees was to also make this transition, but as a mentor! I am looking forward to providing these students with some continuity and mentor new students.”
One of his highlights mentoring it was “when my mentees visited our campus for My Day At McGill! I was late to join the group as I was finishing my final exam. Upon my arrival, being met with the students’ excitement helped me forget my exam worries. Their warm welcome made me feel as if our connection transcended the classroom. For the remainder of their visit, I informed them about the wonderful opportunities at McGill, answered their questions about university life, and their plans for high school.” Thank you for everything you do Aaron!
Ruken Alimogullari – Lasalle Elementary
Written by Chloé Soucy
Ruken is a superstar mentor! She is from Ankara, Turkey. She is in her third year at McGill, studying Psychology. She is committed to her mentees, always showing up to spend time with them. They always leave with smiles on their faces. When asked why she shows up every week to HZ, she said “because I like working and interacting with the kids. I also feel like they’re looking forward to Homework Zone every week, and I wouldn’t want them to think that I don’t care enough to be there every week - even though there might be a valid reason to not be there, it might be harder for the kids to understand and they might just think the mentor doesn’t care. I wouldn’t want them to feel that way.”
Her favorite memory with her mentees is “when we were cleaning up after the newspaper costume activity, I saw a page in one of the newspapers where they had really pretty artwork. My mentees were around me so I said to them, “oh look, these look so pretty”. One of my mentees was joking around and he ripped the page to be funny and we all laughed. Later, another mentee that I was working with that day because their mentor wasn’t here, he found the same page I liked in another newspaper, and was like, “Look, there’s another one. Do you want to keep it?” and that was really cute of him. I still have the newspaper he gave me!”
Ruken handles their high energy with confidence! Thank you Ruken, for your positivity and commitment!
Sana Agarwal – Riverview Elementary
Written by Chloé Soucy
Meet Sana, our Riverview Elementary superstar mentor! Originally from Delhi, India, she is in her first year at McGill, studying Psychology. Though this is her first time mentoring with Homework Zone, Sana has impressed us with her quiet and capable mentorship! She has shown up week after week to support her mentee, and has encouraged him to come out of his shell. Not only is Sana committed to showing up for each Homework Zone session, but she also attended a recent Tutoring Workshop, demonstrating how much Sana cares about being the best mentor for her mentee.
When asked why she keeps showing up to HZ each week, Sana said “I want to make sure my mentee knows I’m going to be there for him, helping him in whatever way I can”. Her fondest memory with her mentee is: “My mentee asked me what my favorite Halloween candy is and said he might bring one next week. He's generally shy and doesn’t talk much with me so this was really surprising and I was glad he was opening up and had started to accept me as a friend which is what I have been wanting from the start!”
Elliot Zolfaghar – Verdun Elementary
Written by Haeun Kim
Meet Elliot! Currently in U1 studying honours in Chemistry and Neuroscience, Elliot was a Homework Zone mentor at Parkdale elementary school in 2018-19. He has always enjoyed helping children with the problems they are going through, whether it be with homework or other aspects of their life. He has experience working with youth in grades 5 and 6, and is currently working with a 12-year-old boy at Verdun Elementary.
He always comes to the sessions with a cheerful atmosphere and tries to lift up everyone’s mood. He skillfully interacts with everyone around him and tries to aid them with their tasks. As an experienced mentor, he is always mindful of his mentee and constantly puts in the effort to show his mentee how supportive he is of them. The empathy and understanding that he offers are truly what makes him an amazing mentor.
His efforts have not gone unnoticed, and from all of us at the Homework zone, we would like to thank Elliot for all the great work he has done during his time with us. We are eager to see what he will accomplish in the future at Homework Zone and beyond!