Pando Program Highlight – Wichita West High School

PandoKids at West High has two amazing full time Student Support Advocates. Julia Conway and Tom Wilcox provide support and resources to students at West to make sure they are on track to graduate.

Resources and Support Provided:

  • Academic check-ins
  • T.H.R.I.V.E program
  • Referrals to in-school and after-school tutoring
  • Quiet space for testing
  • 1:1 Mentoring
  • Basic needs
  • Snacks
  • Graduation check-ins
  • Transportation resources and planning

Student Lunch Groups:

  • Community Art Club
  • Lunch Groups
  • Baby Pioneers – YoungLives
  • Anger Management Group


Get To Know Julia

Julia ConwayWhen did you start at Pando?    I started with Pando in the middle of the 2021-22 school year.

Education:    Associates of Fine Arts from Cowley County CC, Bachelors of Fine Arts – Studio Art with an emphasis in community and Social Practices, Art Techer Certificate and Licence from Fort Hays University. Currently enrolled at Fort Hays University to complete Masters of Science in Education.

Any children or pets?   I have 2 kids: Dayton and Lakin. 2 cats: Sideshow and No One. 1 dog: Sparrow.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?    I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends, traveling, nature walks and hikes, yoga, drawing and painting, playing cards and board games, listening to music, and watching television.

” ‘Great things are done by a series of small things brought together,’ a quote by Vincent Van Gogh. This quote relates to my experience working at Pando because we are all doing what seems like small gestures to help our students thrive but in reality all these things we do add up and impact our students, families, and community.”

Get To Know Tom

Tom WilcoxWhen did you start at Pando?    July 2022

Education:    BA in Human Resources from SouthWestern College.

Any children?   One son, daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren. They all live in the Phillippines.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?    I really enjoy playing tennis in my free time.

“Helping Pando students Caylen get enrolled in Welding had been a dream of his for a long time. Pando was able to help facilitate that happening. Caylen and his mom are thrilled that he is learning the skill of welding!”

Posted in News on February 23, 2024.

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