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Tutoring Center Honorees in the News!

Tutoring Center Manager Rene Meshon and Volunteer Nancy Gutmann

CSV applauds two very special individuals, Rene Meshon and Nancy Gutmann, for being honored recently by the Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse. Cambridge Mayor David Maher and Clearinghouse Co-Founder and Chair, Bob Hurlbut, presented both with awards for their outstanding contributions to the students and seniors of Cambridge.

Rene was presented with the Beverly Benner Cassara Award, exemplifying Cassara’s commitment to lifelong learning and volunteerism. A former teacher who continues to spark curiosity, build self-esteem, and generate students’ determination to learn, Rene has had an amazing impact on thousands of students and volunteers over the past 20 years. In a typical school year she will match over two hundred pairs for tutoring. Her knack for mining the talents of retired scientists, business owners, engineers and other professionals and pairing them with high school students has been a remarkable achievement. In honoring Rene’s accomplishments, Bob Hurlbut also cited her generosity and dedication, observing how all get caught up in Rene’s “spell,” no matter what the subject, language barrier, or learning differences. Thank you and congratulations Rene, for all that you have done for the students and volunteers at CRLS!

Cheers also to Nancy Gutmann who has been helping students in both Academic Support classes as well as after-school one-to-one tutoring in all things related to English and writing. For four years, Nancy has been one of CSV’s “gems”, arriving at the Tutoring Center two afternoons a week by bike from Brookline. As a retired Brookline High School English teacher, Nancy has years of experience and great understanding of adolescents. She knows how to bring out the best in her students to help them grow and shine academically. Her students rarely, if ever, miss a tutoring session as they so enjoy working with her. She is totally dedicated to helping students develop skills to move to a new level, and she accomplishes this with ease.

Congratulations to both Rene and Nancy for their contributions to the Tutoring Center and to the students of Cambridge Rindge and Latin.