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