AmeriCorps in Action

Shifting Careers to Make an Impact in Osseo Area Schools 

Andrea Tenorio describes her decision to serve as a tutor with AmeriCorps as a “leap of faith”. After all, it was quite the transition from her 20 years in operations management with Wells Fargo. 
“I was at this point where I wanted to do something that would be impactful and help others,” explains Andrea. “I had actually always considered becoming a teacher and thought, ’what better way to get your feet wet in education than to tutor in a school?’” 
As a Reading Corps tutor, Andrea quickly discovered a passion for working with kids. She loved seeing that her work as a tutor was making an impact. “The greatest part is engaging with the students and seeing their progress from our time together,” she explains. “Just 20 minutes of engagement each day can make such a big difference and it builds their confidence.” 

This fall, Andrea is back at Palmer Lake Elementary in a new role as a math tutor. While the school year has just begun, she’s already considering what’s next for her. “I would love to continue working in education in some capacity once I finish up my service with Math Corps,” shares Andrea. “I feel like this is where I’m meant to be.” 

Looking back, Andrea acknowledges becoming a tutor was a big pivot for her career, and she wholeheartedly encourages others to do the same. “I say, just go for it,” she says. “It’s such amazing work.” 

Students in Osseo Area Schools need extra support this school year, and we are still looking for 19 tutors. Full-time and part-time positions are available with start dates in October or January. Please help us spread the word! If you or someone you know would make a great tutor, please visit to find opportunities to help students near you.  

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