Personalized, individual tutoring is available FREE in any subject to current and former child cancer patients of any age or grade.

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The key idea is that tutoring takes place on the family’s schedule (by appointment), in an effort to eliminate the fear that a hospital visit will mean missed lessons. Tutoring, like all our programs, is 100% free for families and focuses on the long term cognitive issues related to cancer and its treatments.

Learn how to easily sign-up for any of our free programs! Get started here.
How does our Academic Tutoring work?
  1. Complete our online form.
  2. A Cool Kids Campaign staff member will contact you to learn how we can best serve you, such as asking about which subjects your child needs help with, and answering your questions. Through our volunteer database, we will find the best match for your child or young adult.
  3. A face-to-face meeting is scheduled that allows you to tour the Cool Kids Learning Center, meet our staff, and most importantly, meet the volunteer tutor(s) who will be working with your child. This is your opportunity to let the tutor(s) know of any special considerations or concerns you might have before starting. You’ll leave this meeting with the first tutoring session on your calendar!
  4. We will also provide you with a liability release waiver and code of conduct to review. Please bring the signed copies with you to the first tutoring session. Tutoring sessions are scheduled as needed.
  5. If you live out of the Baltimore area: The Internet allows us to tutor your child using SKYPE. Email Sharon Perfetti, our Executive Director, if you would like to set up this free tutoring situation. You will need a SKYPE account, which is a free video format over the Internet.
Meet our tutors

The majority of our volunteer tutors are retired teachers, students studying towards, or having recently received, a teaching degree, or retired special education professionals.

DIANE ROGER
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Diane felt compelled to assist in the Cool Kids Learning Center after she retired after 35 years of teaching. “I missed being with children and their families.” She attended Baldwin High School in Bryn Mawr, PA and University of PA and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education. She taught pre-K thru 4th grades in private and public schools and taught in Philadelphia, California, Nice (France) and Baltimore. She retired after teaching pre-first grade at Gilman School for 21 years. What does she enjoy about tutoring our cool kids? ”Getting to know the children and also their families,” she says. “I also like to help with other Cool Kids events such as the American Girl Fashion Show.”

PEGGY HAUF 
Peggy Hauf tutor

Peggy has found the perfect mix in retirement. She keeps her hand in teaching as a private tutor while still having time to enjoy her other favorite activities such as gardening, crocheting, reading mysteries and history, and hanging out as “Nana” with her four grandchildren. After 25 years at St. Pius X in Baltimore where she retired as vice principal in 2010, the native Baltimorean tutors middle- and high school students in math, algebra and geometry. The Cool Kids Campaign call for volunteers was what drew her to share her talents here at our Learning Center. She is a graduate of the former College of Notre Dame of MD (now Notre Dame of MD University). Her favorite part about teaching? “I like those ‘aha’ moments when I can see the understanding and the improvement as students continue to work,” she says.

PATTY BLACK
Patty Black

Patty Black isn’t sure exactly who runs the Mommy & Me sessions at Cool Kids Campaign – she or the toddlers who participating in our Tuesday morning sessions open to moms and kids. Patty was attracted to the volunteer opportunity at Cool Kids Campaign after she and her husband Chip attended festivities surrounding the 2011 Ken Singleton Celebrity Golf Classic. After graduating from the former Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland) with a masters in Speech, Language & Audiology, the native New Yorker spent 15 years in the Anne Arundel County school system as a speech pathologist working with elementary school kids in Special Education. From there she went to St. Paul’s School for Boys where she worked seven years and now is a substitute teacher at their Lower School. Why did Patty feel compelled to reach out to assist in the Cool Kids Learning Center? “Because I love children,” she said. “I like to volunteer because it makes me feel good that I’m helping. Cool Kids touches me; it provides a nurturing and safe environment for kids and their families who need a little diversion from the world of cancer.”

LYNN MATTINGLY
Lynn volunteer

Born and raised in Washington, D.C. Lynn attended University of Wisconsin in Madison where she majored in history; she attended graduate school at Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland) earning a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. Lynn worked in Howard County Public Schools as an SLP for 35 years and retired in 2010. She felt compelled to assist in the Cool Kids Learning Center because “volunteering is personally rewarding and it is such a pleasure to be connected with the children. Working with the Mommy & Me program reinforces that the kids are just fun-loving 3-year-old children who need to have as much normalcy and peer contact as possible.”

HOLLY ZIEGLER 
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When 24-year-old Holly Ziegler watched a news story about the Cool Kids Learning Center opening in 2011, she immediately emailed us about volunteering as a tutor. “I was inspired by the Center,” she said, “because I believe it is a place where I could help kids gain confidence in their education and help motivate them to learn.” A graduate of Towson High School and Towson University, Holly is a substitute teacher in the Baltimore County Public Schools system. She had interned as an office assistant at Cool Kids Campaign during her last semester of college. “It is truly inspiring to see kids who have gone through cancer treatments who are so motivated to help others who have gone through similar situations,” she said. “ The generosity and kindness of everyone involved with Cool Kids Campaign makes it such a great place to volunteer.”

FAQs about our Academic Tutoring Program
How do you select your volunteers?
Each potential volunteer completes a volunteer application, is interviewed by a Cool Kids Campaign staff member, and receives a background check and drug screening.

What if I need to cancel a scheduled appointment?
The code of conduct will be reviewed together during your in-person meeting with our staff. As our tutoring sessions are by appointment, we ask that you give us AS MUCH notice (24 hours minimum) as possible should you need to cancel or reschedule.
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