Karen Thompson


This month’s spotlight is on Karen Thompson. Karen has been a tutor here for over a year now working diligently with her student, Mahamed. Karen always comes in to tutor with a ready smile and a touch of color. Mahamed’s teacher had this to say about her:

"Karen is an incredibly caring tutor who really goes above and beyond in working with her student, Mahamed. She regularly checks in with me and Lauren about curriculum objectives as well as adapting those objectives to Mahamed’s needs. She also makes sure to check in with Mahamed on his daily life, communicating frequently about absences or other life happenings."

Here is some more info about Karen:

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

I am not from anywhere in particular as my family moved a lot while I was growing up, including living in the Middle East for several years.  I moved to Seattle right after college and have lived here ever since.

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

I retired in July 2017 after practicing law for almost 40 years as an elder law attorney. When I retired, I knew that I wanted to do quite different things in life including exploring textile arts and creativity.

Why did you choose to volunteer at LS?

Because of my childhood, I wanted to volunteer with an organization that worked with immigrants.  Reading and being able to communicate with other people means a huge amount to me.  So Literacy Source was a natural fit.

What do you like about volunteering at LS?

I love the people I have met, both students and the people who work and volunteer at LS!

Any stories or highlights from volunteering at LS?

Several months ago during a tutoring session my student's phone rang.  He was in ESOL 1 at the time.  I could tell from the tone of his voice that something was up - he was speaking in his native language.  He was able to tell me that he needed to leave right then, that there was a family emergency and was able to communicate what it was as well as ask me to tell his teacher that he would not be in class that night.  While I was very sorry about his family emergency, I was excited that he could let me know what was happening.  

What might people not know about you?

My husband and I love to take trips on our three-wheel motorcycle and have a trip planned to Salt Spring Island this summer - our third summer for this particular trip. As a retirement gift, my office gave me a red leather motorcycle jacket.

Thank you Karen! We enjoy having you part of the team and really appreciate your dedication and commitment!