Elyssa Wallace

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day

Raylei Coffey (second from left), a student at McKinley Elementary School in Norman, accepts a certificate on behalf of her mentor, Elyssa Wallace, who was honored as the outstanding mentor for the Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program at the University of Oklahoma. Presenting the Outstanding Mentor Award are Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren (second from right). Joining in the presentation are Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left) and Raylei’s grandmother, Janice Schockley. Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Elyssa Wallace

Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program
University of Oklahoma, Norman

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has selected Elyssa Wallace of Tahlequah, as its outstanding Academic All-State Alumna mentor for the Oklahoma Mentor Day. Elyssa is a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in film and media studies.

The Academic All-State Alumni Mentoring Program matches former Academic All-State scholars with students at targeted elementary schools. Each mentor spends at least one hour a week volunteering one-on-one with an assigned elementary school student.

In the fall of 2015, Elyssa began mentoring Raylei, a fourth-grader at McKinley Elementary School in Norman.“Raylei has been improving in her areas that she has previously been struggling in,” Elyssa said. “My heart is warmed by how much self-esteem she exudes at her age.”

Boren Mentoring Initiative Director Beverly Woodrome, who oversees the All-State Mentor Program, said Elyssa was over the moon, so touched, and so grateful - not to mention surprised - when she was told she was going to be recognized as an outstanding mentor.

Teresa Birden, Raylei’s former teacher, said Elyssa “did an excellent job with Raylei this year,” and indicated she would love to have Elyssa as a mentor again.