2017-03-16 You Can’t Have Everything…

I love it when TNKR tutors and students study together at TNKR’s humble office.

  • Tutors feel more connected to the program.
  • Refugees are more likely to give us feedback when they see us more often.
  • We have a better understanding of the needs of the students.
  • Tutors are also more likely to share concerns as well as successes.

Everything is great, except for the fact that we don’t have enough space. There’s an old saying, “You can’t have everything.” As comedian Steven Wright later added: “Where would you put it?”

We have more students and tutors coming to the office, but where will we put them?




Some of the TNKR students bring us snacks. Which is great, because no snacks are very bad for office morale.

New TNKR tutor Emily Flores had her first class. The reputation of the TNKR co-founder is apparently well-known, she was expecting the photo…


Tae In is both a tutor and coach with TNKR… and she was doing her best to pretend that I don’t exist…


As usual, Dave has never seen a camera he didn’t like…

Cherie, as usual, was threatening me if I took a photo, but she was all smiles for the camera! Then the beating resumed after I finish taking photos.

So many tutors giving so much time. I was listening in on Youngmin’s class, the refugees are trying studying and analyzing English, so it isn’t just fun chit-chat English. And the tutors agree to tutor at least twice a month for 90 minutes each session. It does help that refugees often come to class prepared and that they are so motivated to learn.


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