Program Coordinators 2019

Alina Yuan

Bascom Branch Library

My name is Alina Yuan, and I will be in 10th grade in the 2019-2020 school year! I attend the Harker Upper School, and I’m coordinating at the Bascom Library Branch. Ever since I started tutoring for RWD last year, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting such bright students and watching them grow and progress over the course of the program. I also gained communication, organization, and leadership skills along the way. Some fun facts are that I like noodles and this character called Kumamon! I’m looking forward to having another great summer with RWD!

Julia Yusupov

Bascom Branch Library

Hi! My name is Julia Yusupov and I’m a student at The Harker School 21’. I love working with kids and non-profits, so I am super excited to coordinate this summer at the Bascom Branch! Fun fact: I play year round beach volleyball 🙂

Tim Xiong

Berryessa Branch Library

My name is Tim Xiong. I will be a Senior in Piedmont Hills High School. Over the course of this summer, I am a coordinator for the Read, Write, Discover Program at the Berryessa Branch Library. I started off as a tutor for the program in 2018, when a friend of mine asked me to volunteer with him. Ever since, I saw the program as a great means to give back the community. As a first generation immigrant, English was always a difficult subject for me, but I was given the opportunity to improve when my parents hired a private tutor to teach me English. As I grew up, I realized that I was extremely lucky for having these opportunities in life. The Read Write Discover Program gave me a way to give back to the community and help others who may be less fortunate than I am and don’t have the opportunity that I had. I hope to fulfill my expectations as a coordinator and inspire others to take on this position to lead the youth in our community to a better future.

Serena Nguyen

Berryessa Branch Library

Hi, I’m Serena Nguyen! I’m currently a senior at Piedmont Hills High School coordinating for the Berryessa Branch Library. I previously tutored for RWD and practically fell in love with the program. It provided such a good service to the community that I felt was incredibly important, so I couldn’t help but participate! As for a fun fact, my favorite drink is Guava Juice!

Anna Vazhaeparambil

Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library

Anna Vazhaeparambil is a junior at The Harker School. She has volunteered with Read Write Discover for two years now and is excited to serve as co-coordinator at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch this summer. In addition to being a volunteer, Anna is also a member of her school’s journalism program and an avid photographer. In her free time, she enjoys playing lacrosse and watching movies. She is looking forward to working with other tutors and helping children in her community!

Suman Mohanty

Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library

Suman will be a junior at The Harker School during the 2019-2020 school year. She is extremely excited to be coordinating at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library this summer. Suman has always loved working with kids. She has coached young basketball players and is also volunteering with youth therapeutic recreation services. In her free time, she enjoys learning Spanish, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.

Ashley Yung

Educational Park Branch Library

Ashley is a senior at Independence High School and is one of the 2019 co-coordinators for the Educational Park Branch site of Read Write Discover. She had previously been a tutor at the same library branch and highly enjoyed working with and teaching her young students. She also loved the feeling of giving back to her community and seeing how her actions positively impacted those around her. This summer as coordinator, Ashley aims to create an engaging, educational experience for tutors and students alike. A fun fact about Ashley is that she tries to read at least 10 books each year!

My name is Ashley, and I’m a senior at Independence High School. I am the 2019 co-coordinator for the Educational Park Branch site of Read Write Discover. I’ve previously been a tutor at the same library branch, and I highly enjoyed working with and teaching my young students. I also loved the feeling of giving back to my community and seeing how my actions positively impacted those around me. This summer as coordinator, I aim to create an engaging, educational experience for tutors and students alike. A fun fact about me is that I try to read at least 10 books each year!

Jared Aquino

Educational Park Branch Library

My name is Jared Aquino, and I am serving as one of the coordinators for the Educational Park Branch of the Read Write Discover program. I am a rising senior attending Independence High School, and this is my first year of being involved in this program. Upon hearing about Read Write Discover and the magnitude of the positive impact it had on the community, I knew right away I wanted to be a part of it. I have always been passionate about academic enrichment and learning, especially when it comes to reading and writing. I love interacting with kids, and I have worked as a private tutor before and found it to be a very fulfilling experience. A fun fact about me is that I can’t read lips!

Charlotte Haber

Excelsior Branch Library

Hi! My name is Charlotte and I am the coordinator for the Excelsior branch. I am currently a senior at Lowell High School. This is my first summer volunteering with Read Write Discover. In the past, I have volunteered with the SFSPCA’s Humane Education programs and worked as a teacher assistant as part of my synagogue’s Sunday School program. I am passionate about education and am very excited to be working with both tutors and learners this summer!

Malar Bala

Joyce Ellington Branch Library

Hello! I’m Malar Bala and I am a 10th grader at Harker High School. I am coordinating the Joyce Ellington Library Branch. Last year, I tutored at the Bascom Library Branch. Helping improve children’s writing and reading skills was the highlight of my summer, and made me feel like I was making a real impact. Other than my love for the RWD program, I enjoy playing my violin, solo and in orchestra, dancing Indian classical dance, flying gliders, science research, and playing with my puppy, Romeo.

Nikhita Karra

Joyce Ellington Branch Library

Nikhita Karra is a rising senior at The Harker School. She was a coordinator at the Bascom branch of Read Write Discover last summer and is super excited to coordinate at Joyce Ellington this summer! Nikhita has been tutoring middle schoolers through the Writing Mentor program at Harker for the past two years. She has also taught dance at her dance studio for the past three years, and has experience working with kids in a summer camp setting. In her free time, Nikhita loves to sing and listen to music. She also loves to watch cooking and baking shows and has seen every possible food show on Netflix – if you have any recommendations for shows you enjoy, she’d love to hear them!

Ann Pham

Milpitas Library

Hi 🙂 My name is Ann Pham and am coordinating at Milpitas Library. I will be a senior attending Irvington High School during the school year of 2019-2020. Previously, I have tutored with RWD for two years. I have also taught kids to swim at American Swim Academy, but currently I work at Kumon. Some fun facts about me is that I love to go shopping and travel around the world, and I have an obsession with milk tea.

Dania Kirmani

Milpitas Library

Hi, my name is Dania (it rhymes with lasagna), and I’m a senior at Milpitas High School. I love to eat poke, so if you happen to come by while I’m coordinating at the Milpitas Library, feel free to bring me some 😉

Valerie Lam

Milpitas Library

Hello! I’m Valerie and I’ll be a senior at Milpitas High School, class of 2020. I have the honor of being a coordinator at the Milpitas Library branch this summer after having been a tutor for the past 3 years (and a learner with the program from first through seventh grade). It’s come full circle and I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity :’)

I’ve also volunteered for MathEasy for the past three years as both a tutor and will be a returning leader. In addition, I’ve been a teacher assistant at Viet Ngu Ve Nguon for the past 5 years, with the opportunity to teach the students a little each week. I adore working with the little ones and inspiring growth.

Fun facts! I dance for CCBV and Ayana, I run 800m for track and field, I LOVEEE painting and all arts and crafts (extreme Michael’s couponer).

Katherine Shagalov

Ocean View Branch Library

I’m Katherine Shagalov, and I’m a rising senior at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. I’m one of the two coordinators for the Ocean View Branch Library for RWD. It is my first year working with RWD, but I couldn’t be more excited to work hard and have fun coordinating this amazing program! A few fun facts about me are that I speak Russian fluently, I’m in the dance program at my school and have been dancing for 13 years, and that I have a twin brother!

Elsa Chan

Parkside Branch Library

Hi! I’m Elsa and I am an incoming junior at Lowell High School. Hoping to find something meaningful to do in the summer, I discovered the Read, Write, Discover program and became a tutor at San Francisco Parkside Library in the summer of 2018. Having had a rewarding and enjoyable experience last year, I have decided to come back to the same branch as a coordinator this summer. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for me, since I love working with kids, and I am willing to dedicate my time to helping them improve.

Kelly Higa

Parkside Branch Library

Hello! My name is Kelly and I’m an incoming junior at Lowell High School for the 2019-20 school year. I joined the Read Write Discover Program at the San Francisco Parkside Library Branch as a tutor in 2018. I wanted to improve literacy for children that struggle with English or come from backgrounds with less resources to succeed in school. After my first year with the program, I realized that I love working with children and making a personal impact on students’ individual learning experience. Therefore, I decided to return as a program coordinator this summer at the same library branch. I have a passion to continue working with both children and tutors, as well as helping them improve in their abilities together. Aside from Read Write Discover, I play on Lowell’s Varsity Flag Football Team and participate in CYC Dragon Boat!

Rithvik Bhakhri

Seven Trees Branch Library

Hey there, I’m Rithvik! I’ll be in my junior year of high school, and I currently attend Homestead High. I coordinate at the Seven Trees Library along with Ritika! Last year, I tutored 2 kids at the Bascom library, where I witnessed them grow as spectacular readers and writers. A fun fact about me is that I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and I am also an avid reader.

Ritika Kuppam

Seven Trees Branch Library

Ritika will be a senior for the 2019-2020 school year. She attends Saratoga High School and will be coordinating at Seven Trees Branch Library this summer. She started tutoring for RWD during the summer of 2018 and loved it so much that she decided to come back again as a coordinator! She loves working with youth, previously having worked as a Taekwondo instructor and Montalvo Arts volunteer, and currently working as a piano teacher.

Laura Nguyen

Tully Branch Library

Hi! My name is Laura Nguyen and I’m a junior at KIPP San Jose Collegiate. I am one of the coordinators for RWD at Tully Branch Library in San Jose, California! Before coordinating, I have had a lot of experience and fun with tutoring kids as well as my peers, so I’d love to pass on my passion of helping others to the tutors and students here! One fun fact about me is that I love to sleep, eat sushi, and watch Marvel movies (Captain America is my all-time favorite character!)