Sue McAllister


This month, we are pleased to feature Sue McAllister, a long term tutor at the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF). Sue started volunteering at KCCF in November 2016 and has donated 130 hours so far. She has been a committed and valuable part of the GED tutoring team. Liz Wurster, our KCCF Tutor Coordinator, has this to say in appreciation of Sue's volunteer service:

"Sue epitomizes the type of tutor that thrives in a correctional facility. She is determined, flexible, highly skilled, and an out-of-the-box thinker who drives and empowers her students to succeed. I'm always excited when I do a tutor evaluation with any of her students because it is fantastic to hear what an impact she is having on their lives. We hope Sue will remain a part of the education team here at KCCF for many years to come!"

Here is some more info about Sue:

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

I was born in Seattle. While I have lived in smaller communities in Washington and Oregon at different times of my life, the majority of my time has been spent in the Shoreline area.  

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

I have worked as a K-12 public school educator for the past 26 years. I will be leaving that work at the end of this school year, and moving into a new phase of life. Not sure what the future will bring, but excited for new adventures.  

Why did you choose to volunteer at Literacy Source?

Three years ago, I was looking for an opportunity to work with adults who were hoping to build their English language proficiency or receive their GED. I found Literacy Source through an online search.  After attending an orientation session and learning of the many volunteer options available at Literacy Source, I knew that I had found the right place. 

What do you like about volunteering at Literacy Source?

I very much enjoy tutoring students at the King County Correctional Facility. The students are eager to learn, and work very hard each time we are together. It is wonderful seeing their pride and sense of accomplishment as we progress through ever more challenging tasks. Liz, Literacy Source’s Tutor Coordinator at the jail, is incredible. Her knowledge, organization, and communication assure tutors are well informed and prepared to do our work. The teaching staff at the jail is also amazing, and always providing guidance and support when needed. I feel blessed to be working with such strong professionals, all committed to providing the best academic experience for the students we serve.  

Any stories or highlights from volunteering at Literacy Source?

The highlight from volunteering with Literacy Source at the jail is how amazed I am, week after week, at the incredible commitment and hard work shown by the students I tutor. Living in an extremely challenging situation, these students continue to attend class, complete their homework, and meet with me weekly to delve deeper into learning. Their strong desire to improve their lives through education has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of my work.  

Thank you, Sue - we really appreciate your dedication and commitment to your work!

Interested in tutoring at one of the jails? Click here for FAQ’s: KCCF or MRJC