Volunteer of the month

2020

September

Derek Martinez

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Derek has been a really outstanding tutor. He puts a lot of effort into making whatever lesson, and once when only one person came he made a makeup class to make sure everyone knew the content. Derek will often stay after class and talk to the students and handle their questions. And whenever we're a tutor short, he always steps up and helps us out. He's also really organized, which helps us out a lot because I don't have to scramble for recordings or put stuff on the curriculum doc.

 

Derek is always staying on top of his duties as a tutor and goes above and beyond as well. Whenever someone can't tutor one day, even on short notice, Derek is the one that steps up. He also collects great feedback from the students and builds lessons based on that.

Meryl Liu

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Meryl has been absolutely KILLING IT with posting on Instagram every other day for months now. Her posts look like she has been putting in a lot of effort to make them look perfect and keep the feed looking pristine. She has been especially good with staying on time. Plus, her posts are genuinely interesting, instead of regurgitating easy facts just to tick boxes: she seems really invested in her work and it shows, and she definitely deserved VOM.

October

Minnie Liang

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Minnie puts in a lot of effort toward tutoring and it shows. She is always staying on top of things, and consistently updates our curriculum. She is also amazing at teaching complex topics and breaking them down to be more digestible- for example, she is teaching AM-GM inequality to the students right now. Overall, she is awesome and works really hard! She's amazing to be honest. I feel like we'd lose our students without her. Her lessons are organized with care and precision, and it's almost like a work of art. She, along with Derek (last VOM) are the only ones who update the curriculum, and are just always on top of it. She's also super responsive and communicates what we need to know, and makes my life all around easier. I feel like the students have grown so much under her 'tutorship' if you will. She puts in so much work and I hope she'll be recognized for everything.

NOVEMBER

David Nashed

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David has been working as one of the first editors for the blog and he's continued to show dedication and an admirable level of responsibility. He's always on top of things, making sure to complete the edits on time, and sends me prompt emails informing me of his completed work. The more recent works that he's edited are "Vaccines & Autism: A Flawed Argument," and "Carbon Nanotube Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases."

December

Casey Lopez

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Casey enjoys working with others to better their understanding in the subject I grew so much love for. Distance learning has also posed many new challenges to learning and peer support is critical during this time. That's why I set up the Olympian Helyx Peer Tutoring Program. Students need each other now more than ever.

Abhinav Gurram

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Abhinav is very dedicated to tutoring and is able to explain tricky concepts to the students in an easy-to-understand way. He is always punctual and has his materials/powerpoints ready to go. The students also appreciate the effort that he puts into class.

2021

January

Amy Hutchinson

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Amy's edits are extremely thorough and she consistently impresses me with the detailed feedback she provides for her writers. She is currently a senior editor for the blog and has been working proactively since day 1, from creating a separate Discord chat to communicate with her writers to sending them separate emails with additional suggestions for their work. I'm extremely grateful to work alongside such a hard-working editor at Helyx.

Brian Zhang

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He works hard to make the material perfect and engaging for our contest math students. He tries to make learning as fun as he can, and consistently checks with the students to see if they understand. If they need help, he's always there and he's created an atmosphere where the students are comfortable asking questions.

February

Kailee Dayett

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She creates the curriculum and has done so for quite a long period of time, and she puts full effort in making them look as gorgeous as possible!

Erin Vinson

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Erin is a phenomenal chapter leader and is also a proactive blog editor. She makes sure to keep her chapter running with activities, their own blog, tutoring, and on top of that actively communicates with her assigned writers and gets her edits done on a timely basis. She is also a writer on occasion, submitting articles in addition to her already busy schedule. Erin is a valuable asset to The Helyx Initiative with her consistent performance and efforts.