Kathy Cerles went to France as a chemical engineer and returned 10 years later with two beautiful daughters and a French husband. This experience sensitized her to cultural differences and the subtle challenges of living in a new country.
When Kathy heard about Interfaith Outreach needing volunteers for Homework Club, she got involved. While her expertise in math and reading is helpful, it’s Kathy’s desire to build trust and listen that helps her connect with children. She is empathetic to those who are new to our community and encourages them in a caring and sometimes humorous way.
Kathy finds her love of sports translates well to middle school boys. For instance, she came up with the idea of using NBA team logos and a map of the USA to teach geography. Kids had fun identifying and connecting each NBA team to a city, while learning more about the United States.
Kathy knows she isn’t there to judge, but to listen and build trust. She uses games to create positive experiences and reinforce values like fairness, taking turns, teamwork and respect. Children count on Kathy and she is grateful to be forming positive, trusting connections with them. She encourages others to make a difference in a child’s life by volunteering at Homework Club. “The rewards are far beyond what you can imagine. So, come out!”
Kathy – thank you for your energy, wisdom and humor that inspire youth at Homework Club.