Please join us in welcoming 4 new staff members to Literacy Source: Lisa Chanthavisay, Amanda Chin, Sarah McCormick, and Ruby Moore-Bloom! Here's a little bit more about each of them:
Lisa Chanthavisay is our new South King County Coordinator. She recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s in TESOL and is incredibly excited to put her teaching experience and education to good use. She was born and raised in Tacoma and is proud to call the Pacific Northwest her lifelong home. She spent a year in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala studying Spanish, teaching English, and trying all the delicious foods before beginning her graduate studies at UW. She’s also worked in the kitchen at a summer camp for the last 10 years and absolutely loves to cook and share meals with friends, old and new. When she’s not cooking or teaching, Lisa is usually either reading a good book or out enjoying the beautiful PNW.
Amanda Chin is one of our new AmeriCorps members. She graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with her BA in Japanese and MA in Second Language Studies. She has been teaching ESOL and EFL for 5 years, both in Hawai’i and Japan, and is now back in the States to continue teaching with Literacy Source. On top of that, she is also working towards an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. Amanda is new to Seattle, and Washington will be her 7th state to live in! Outside of Japan, she has also lived in Alabama, Virginia, Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, and Hawai’i. She loves both the mountains and the sea, so she’s excited to call Seattle, which has both nearby, home. When not moving around and throwing herself into her work, Amanda also enjoys taking walks, zoning out to music, and reading a never-ending list of books. She is an escape room and board game fanatic.
Sarah McCormick is our new ESOL Conversation Class Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2009, and then moved abroad to London, UK to study for her TEFL Certification. After earning her certification in 2009 from Trinity College London, Sarah taught English to immigrants and their families before returning to Oklahoma in 2010 to work in college academia. Feeling called to the mountains and water, she moved to Seattle in 2011 and began teaching ESL classes online to people from all over the world. She has a great passion and love of connecting with other cultures and bridging gaps to help the Seattle-area community. She is very excited to join Literacy Source, and she is looking forward to continuing to connect people of all backgrounds through fun and engaging conversations. When not teaching, Sarah can be found outside exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two dogs.
Ruby Moore-Bloom is one of our new AmeriCorps members. She grew up in Berkeley, California and went to school at Brown University in Rhode Island. She majored in Anthropology and Middle East Studies and focused on themes relating to migration, transnational identities, and language ideologies in learning communities. She studied abroad in Morocco and hopes to continue to learn and practice Arabic. Ruby is excited to explore Seattle and its surrounding wilderness. She loves both mountains and the ocean and feels lucky to be living between the two! Ruby is thrilled to be a part of the Literacy Source team and looks forward to teaching in a student-centered classroom that allows adult learners to gain confidence and achieve their goals.