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."PEGGY HAUF
Peggy has found the perfect mix in retirement as she keeps her hand in teaching as a private tutor for Cool Kids Campaign while enjoying her other favorite activities such as gardening, crocheting, reading, 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. She is a graduate of the former College of Notre Dame of MD. Her favorite part about teaching? “I like those ‘aha’ moments when I can see the understanding and improvement as students continue to work."HOLLY ZIEGLER
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 because I believe it is a place where I could help kids gain confidence in their education and motivate them to learn." A graduate of Towson High School and Towson University, Holly is a teacher in the Baltimore County Public Schools system. She had interned as an office assistant at Cool Kids Campaign while in college. “It is truly inspiring to see kids who have gone through cancer treatments who are motivated to help others in similar situations,” she said. “ The generosity and kindness of everyone involved with Cool Kids Campaign makes it such a great place to volunteer.”LYNN MATTINGLY
Born and raised in Washington, D.C. Lynn attended University of Wisconsin in Madison where she majored in history; she attended graduate school at the former Loyola College earning a master’s in Speech and Language Pathology. Lynn worked in Howard County Public Schools as an SLP for 35 years, retiring 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."PATTY DOUGLAS
Patty has bounced into the Cool Kids office with a bright smile every Tuesday afternoon for a year, ready to tackle the assembly of care packages which are mailed complimentary to kids with cancer around the country. In our Care Package Room stocked with toys and gifts, she assembles between 5-8 care packages weekly, writes each child a little note to include in the box, and personalizes its contents by selecting toys according to the child's likes listed on their form. "It's gratifying to know that a care package might make a kid feel happy right then and there as they open it. I like that I can do something to bring a smile to their little faces and help them through this difficult time." Patty also volunteers for other Cool Kids Campaign events throughout the year. "I think I get more out of it than what I give."