After school tutoring program leadership with Oakley Farris (Left to Right) Roland Sintos Coloma- NKU Department of Teacher Education chair, Lisa Timmerding- Holy Cross Elementary School incoming principal, Cynthia Siddens- former COEHS director of development, Oakley Farris, COEHS Dean Cindy Reed and Mary Ellen Matts- Holy Cross Elementary School retiring principal.

July 27, 2017- Northern Kentucky University teacher education students will get hands-on experience in a new tutoring partnership with Holy Cross Elementary School in Latonia, Kentucky. A donation from long time NKU supporter Oakley Farris will fund the after-school tutoring program. 

“Thanks to the generous donation by the Farris family, we are able to expand the current after-school program to add an educational component to it and provide a mentorship opportunity for our students,” said Lisa Timmerding, Holy Cross Elementary School principal. “We couldn’t ask for better partners and look forward to kicking off the enhanced program this fall.”

Holy Cross students in kindergarten through eighth grade will learn skills to improve studying while receiving homework assistance. Two paid NKU teacher education students will serve as coordinator and assistant coordinator, and will recruit, train, and supervise a team of undergraduate NKU students who will serve as volunteer tutors.

“The student coordinators will get the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills, and NKU students will make a difference by tutoring elementary school students. They will work with Holy Cross teachers to identify areas that require support and incorporate that in the educational component of the tutoring sessions,” said Roland Sintos Coloma, NKU Department of Teacher Education chair.

NKU’s College of Education and Human Services incorporates experiential learning opportunities, like the Holy Cross after-school tutoring program, to provide options for engaged learning in authentic settings. For more information on the college, visit its website.