Johana Bonnell

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This month we are pleased to feature Johana Bonnell as our volunteer spotlight.

Johana has been volunteering with Literacy Source since the start of this school year and has become a valuable member of our class instructional staff. She has been volunteering as a class assistant in the evening ESOL 1 -2A class pictured here (Johana is in the Feed the People sweatshirt). Sadly, we are saying goodbye to her as she is moving to California to pursue further ventures. Literacy Source instructor Lauren taught the class with Johana and had this to say about working with her, “I’ve really enjoyed working with Johana in the Level 1 class at night. She has such a warm and friendly rapport with the students—who all love her and are very sad to see her go! She is dedicated to helping our students succeed in class and has always been willing to jump in and try new things. I wish her the best of luck in California!”

Here is some more information about Johana:

Where are you originally from? If you’re not from Seattle what brought you here?

I am originally from Colombia; I was adopted and moved here when I was five years old.

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

I would like to move back home (Colombia) to teach English and to continue volunteering/working in literacy. 

Why did you choose to volunteer at LS?

I wanted to volunteer and work with my immigrant community. 

What do you like about volunteering at LS?

What I love about LS is that it made me look outside of my learning privilege. I had a better understanding on how to properly teach someone with no schooling or very little schooling at all.

Any stories or highlights from volunteering at LS?

The students are the best; they are the most humbling and appreciative people I work with. They make coming to class a pleasure. I'm grateful to have met everyone at LS, I will miss my time here.

Thank you so much Johana for all your work and commitment in the classroom, it has been a pleasure to have you as part of our instructional team.

Best of luck with your new endeavors!