Paula Suarez


We are pleased to feature Paula as our first volunteer spotlight of the year.

Paula has been volunteering at Literacy Source since September 2014, donating 240 hours in our twice weekly Learning Labs, which focus on teaching computer skills along with the basic skills of writing and learning English. Paula started volunteering in our Fremont location and we were delighted that she followed us to our new Lake City center, taking over the lesson planning for the class when a staff member left. Paula’s graphic design skills have been a great benefit both in her creative lesson plans and in other projects she has stepped up to do, like rendering a beautiful graphic of our new Lake City location and designing some of the colorful signs around the center!


She answered a few questions for us:

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Brooklyn, where my family is from. My parents brought us from Brooklyn to LA. After many years living in So. Cal. my husband and I decided we really liked the weather in Seattle.

Please share something of your life so far and what you would like to do in the future.

So far I've had a one-dog life. Not complaining, but I'm very much looking forward to having a multi-dog life. And traveling more.

Why did you choose to volunteer at LS?

I'm very interested in what LS is doing and how they are reaching out to the community. We spend our lives learning, it's the most important thing we do. I appreciate that there is a place like LS that offers these learning opportunities to students and volunteers.

What do you like about volunteering at LS?           

Getting to know the people who work and study at LS. I love interacting ith the students, enjoying their observations and humor.

Any stories or highlights from volunteering at LS?

So many stories in three years! It's a blur - a really nice blur, with lots of laughter.

What might people not know about you?

I’m a huge movie buff – film noir is my favorite, also post-war Italian films; I love all kinds of crazy old movies with monsters in them.

Thank you Paula, we look forward to your continued involvement with Literacy Source.