We Model Compassion in Our Community
Our Amazing Mentors
Elias "Eli" Smith
Eli is a junior at Amherst Regional High School. He has worked at TDS for 11 years.
Outside of school he likes to yoyo, play frisbee, and listen to music.
"Working at TDS is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done in my life. I love that I get to meet so many new people and I love knowing that what I’m doing is making the world a better place. It has had an incredible impact on my life and helped shape me into the person I am today."
Isabelle is a junior at Amherst Regional High School and has worked at TDS since the summer of 2017.
She loves to sing opera, read, write, and laugh with friends.
"TDS is special to me because of the loving community of wonderful individuals who have made it a second home. I am so grateful every day for the opportunity to listen and grow alongside these amazing people."
Analua is a Junior at PVPA (Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School). She has worked at TDS since 5th grade (6 years)!
Outside of mentoring, she loves drawing, writing, singing, acting, and all things social justice!
"What I love about TDS are the connections we build and friendships we make as mentors and mentees. I heard about TDS when I was in third grade, and it has been a meaningful part of my life ever since! The love we have and the community we hold for each other isn’t one you find anywhere."
Devon is a senior at Amherst Regional High School. He started working at TDS in the Winter of 2020.
He loves to go fishing, play outside with his brothers, and play soccer. He also loves watching TV with his family, especially "The Flash."
"My older brother has autism, so the opportunity to learn from caring, dedicated professionals who have experience in the field of speech pathology was too good to pass up. Also, I love working and having fun with kids of all ages."
This fall Tim will be a sophomore at Northeastern University, after graduating from ARHS last year.
He started at TDS in the summer of 2019.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and playing bass for his school's pep band.
"I love working with TDS because I've seen the amazing results the programming has achieved and I've found being a mentor incredibly rewarding. I have a blast working with such energetic and devoted people as Teri, Matt, Brian, the Mentors, and the rest of the TDS staff."
Sara is currently a junior at Belchertown High School. She has been a part of TDS since the summer of 2014.
Sara loves to watch movies, listen to music, play french horn and piano, sing, act, and write.
"I have known Teri since I was very young, and was happy to volunteer at TDS when she asked me. I loved working with everyone there and decided to continue. Being at TDS has helped me make many wonderful friends and to grow as a person. I love everyone at TDS and will always be grateful for everything I get to do there."
Sarah is a junior at PVPA (Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School). She has been involved with TDS since 2015.
In her spare time, Sarah loves to do theater, sing opera, write poetry, make art, and listen to music!
"I love working at TDS because it is a wonderful chance for me to build very treasured relationships with people. Working at TDS gives me the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of others. I have learned so much through working with Matt and Teri, and feel so grateful to have this opportunity."
Audrey is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College. She began working at TDS in the summer of 2018.
Audrey enjoys drawing and making art in her free time as well as hanging out with friends.
"I was looking for an afterschool job that I felt connected to and when I met the TDS team and began working with everyone I knew TDS was that place. My experience has been made special by all the people I’ve interacted with from the students to other mentors to the teachers. TDS is an amazing community where everyone is able to learn and grow and have so much fun!"
Téa is an eight grader at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. She began her work with TDS in the winter of 2019.
In her free time, she enjoys art, painting, and dancing.
"I chose to work at TDS because I have always loved helping people. I have always loved the work TDS does in the community and so I wanted to help out. I knew I would love working with people with special abilities. They deserve all the experiences they can get and I enjoy making a difference!"