Letter from the Board President

           Executive Director Lynn Livesley with student Elizabeth Thuokok at the Annual Breakfast

Executive Director Lynn Livesley with student Elizabeth Thuokok at the Annual Breakfast

Dear Friend of Literacy Source, 

We are reaching out to you today with the news that after six tremendous years as Executive Director of Literacy Source, Lynn Livesley will be stepping down from her position at the end of the year.  We know that many of you have come to value Lynn for her tireless efforts on behalf of adult literacy, and we hope you will join us in wishing her well on all her future endeavors. 

It’s hard to encapsulate all that Lynn has meant to Literacy Source over her tenure.  Under her leadership with an astounding staff and volunteer team, she has led the charge to increase access and reduce barriers, serving learners from over 68 nations.  She was instrumental in moving our headquarters to Lake City, enabling us to be closer to the communities we serve and assist more learners.  In fact, over the last five years, Literacy Source has doubled the number of students served and doubled the funding support for its work.  Under her direction, Literacy Source has grown from being a source of language lessons to being a true community school, providing a place of learning, safety, belonging, and empowerment.

Lynn’s gift has also been to create a rock-solid foundation that leaves us well-positioned to take advantage of future challenges and opportunities.  The Board of Directors is leading a team to search for the next leader who can help us maximize our potential to serve increasingly complex community needs. We will be reaching out again soon with more information about the search efforts and how you can help spread the word about this great opportunity.  In the meantime,  Lynn will continue with us throughout the transition, ensuring our programs continue to run smoothly and that our new leader will benefit from her expertise.  We anticipate welcoming a new director in early 2019.

Literacy Source has been so successful in its work because of our community support and partnerships, and we value your thoughts at this juncture. We welcome your questions and input – please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with your thoughts and ideas. We look back in gratitude for Lynn’s contributions, and look forward in excitement as we continue to strive towards our mission of Education, Equity and Opportunity for All. 

Best, 

Jennifer Collins-Friedrichs 

President, Literacy Source Board of Directors 

New Staff Members

Please join us in welcoming 5 new staff members to Literacy Source: 

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Ewa Krawczyk is a new AmeriCorps ESOL instructor. She was born in Poland and immigrated to the US in 1999. Ewa received her PhD specializing in Curriculum and Instruction Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Ewa’s interests include multiculturalism, diversity, social justice issues, immigration issues and policies, culture, society, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition and the use of technology in the process of teaching and learning. From 2016-2018, Ewa taught developmental English at the College of the Marshall Islands in Majuro, Marshall Islands in the South Pacific. She moved to Seattle in June 2018 of this year and joined Literacy Source in September 2018.

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Walt Mehring is one of our new AmeriCorps members. He grew up in Seattle and went to school at Western Washington University, where he majored in Spanish with a minor/certification in TESOL. He spent a year studying in Granada where he played on an soccer team made up of Irish ESL teachers who convinced him to pursue a TESOL certification. Walt is excited to be part of the Literacy Source team and looks forward to being part of an organization dedicated to helping adult learners gain confidence and create new opportunities for themselves and their families. Walt will be teaching Conversation Class and Learning Lab.

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Amal Mohamed is the new ESOL 1-2 Ready to Work teacher at the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) in South Seattle. She has an MA in curriculum and design with a concentration in ESOL. She taught ESOL for 5 years in Arizona. She moved to Seattle in 2014 and taught ELL students at the elementary level. When not teaching, Amal loves exploring the Pacific Northwest and reading a good book. She is excited to join Literacy Source and to make connections with the students.

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Sarah Olson is joining Literacy Source as the new Digital Literacy Coordinator.  Sarah graduated from the University of Washington and has taught ESOL for a number of years both in the US and in Nepal, most recently in the WA State community college system. When not teaching, she loves traveling, reading books, and learning about new places, people, and cultures. Sarah is excited to be joining the team and looks forward to working for an organization that supports communities and causes dear to heart. 

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Heather Zamudio is one of our new AmeriCorps members. Born and raised in the Seattle area, she is excited to be joining Literacy Source and looks forward to participating as this year’s Citizenship Advisor. Although new to the position, Heather began volunteering at Literacy Source earlier this year, where she spent time as a tutor and as a classroom assistant for both the Ready To Work and the Citizenship ESOL classes. Heather is currently a student and is set to be graduating in May of 2019 from Arizona State University with a BA in Anthropology along with a minor in Justice Studies. In her spare time, you may find Heather spending time with her family, reading a book at her local coffee shop, or planning her next hiking trip.

Theresa Frazer

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This term we are pleased to present Theresa Frazer. Theresa is a local artist who paints with the Magnuson Park Brig Studio Artists. Here’s what she has to say about her work and this exhibit:

I started painting around 1982, and have painted on and off since then. I’ve experimented with pastels and watercolors, and while I love these, I love oil painting best. I have been so fortunate to find painting compatriots with the Brig Studio Artists, an artists’ group that meets weekly to work together, and with their critique and encouragement, I have grown a great deal as a painter. I especially love painting cityscapes, and most enjoy when someone connects with one of my scenes with a pleasant memory. 

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The painting scenes in the current show include boat houses from Lake Union, a cabin in Oregon, a river in Snohomish, and houses in Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia.  I plan on continuing my cityscapes, with hopefully an addition of more figural work. 

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You can see more of Theresa’s work here.

All her art is for sale! Please come to Literacy Source to view her work - it will be up until the end of June.