Student & Mentor Spotlight


Ariel, a fifth grade student from Everett Elementary, and her mentor Nick from Robert W. Baird & Company interviewed each other for the June Student & Mentor Spotlight.

What books or genres did you and your reading buddy enjoy reading together?

Mentor: Ariel read a few novels but she mainly gravitated toward the science books

Student: We read a lot of National Geographic magazines and some Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

If you and your reading buddy were stuck on a desert island, what is the one book you would bring with you?

Student: All of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books

Mentor: The Hobbit

What is one thing you and your reading buddy had in common?

Mentor: Ariel is very interested in math.

Student: Nick was very smart and good at math.

If your reading buddy was an art supply, what would they be and why?

Student: Nick would be a crayon

Mentor: Ariel would be a pencil, because she is sharp and precise.

What did you admire most about your reading buddy?

Student: Nick took time out of his day to help me become a better reader.

Mentor: Ariel was consistently enthusiastic during tutoring. It was obvious she enjoyed being there.

What was your favorite experience from the 2015-16 WITS Workplace Mentoring program?

Student: Our party at Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park.

Mentor: Observing Ariel become increasingly proficient with her reading skills was extremely rewarding.


By: John Gitta, Program Coordinator