sue webber

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we are celebrating the more than 3,500 volunteers who serve across our schools each year. Whether chaperoning a field trip or providing weekly classroom support, volunteers bring their hearts into our schools. Take it from Sue Webber, a volunteer at Alderwood Elementary School. We interviewed Sue this winter for our Humans of BPS series and she talked about her experiences as a school volunteer.

“This is my fifth year volunteering at Alderwood. This is our neighboring school and I started coming in here and absolutely fell in love — it is the most amazing place.

I work in the classrooms in kindergarten and first grade volunteering, doing whatever the teachers want me to do. I help sometimes with other volunteers, sometimes in the cafeteria and sometimes at recess.

It’s just really fun to be involved. The teachers are phenomenal. I call it my ‘heart place’. I walk in the door and it just feels like this is where I feel my heart is full.

Where else do you walk in and you’re met with smiles and hugs from kids and everybody just says ‘thank you’?  It’s the ideal job.

My career was teaching Biology at the community college. And then my husband and I ran a boat called the Snow Goose, which does a marine biology program with 6th graders. Both of us were really clear we wanted to get out of the classroom, and experiential learning was what we believed in. So, we started the boat program and then when we handed that off, somehow Alderwood just opened its doors and I ended up here.

I came to Bellingham in ’76. So, that’s a long time ago — what’s that, 45 years?  I grew up on the east coast, outside of Philadelphia. It was that time in the world when you could get those ‘drive away’ cars — people would pay you to drive their car from one side of the country to the other. I did that, landed in Bellingham and never left. It was just where I was meant to be.

I’m looking forward to the third generation of kids in my family being in this district. The One Schoolhouse has changed everything and makes every school and every kid really feel a part of something bigger. And I think that it’s phenomenal.”

Thank you to Sue and all of our BPS volunteers! We can’t wait to see you again!

9 Comments

  1. As a staff member at Alderwood, I couldn’t be more excited to see Sue featured here! She is such a joy to our school community, and there are no words for how much she is appreciated and loved by staff AND students. Sue, ALDERWOOD LOVES YOU!

  2. Sue, we are so incredibly lucky to have you at Alderwood! The difference you make for our kids and teachers such a gift. Thank you for everything you do!

  3. Sue is an honorary member of our staff and meets the social-emotional needs of students at the school. Her thoughtfulness in bringing in new resources and volunteers is inspirational! Sue we may be your “heart place” but you fill our hearts in return! Glad that you were honored in this way…

  4. I love and admire Sue, her hard work, her heart and her generous spirit!
    She is phenomenal and Alderwood, her community, her family and myself are blessed to know her.

  5. Sue has been a dear friend of mine for more than 40 years and I have witnessed her extraordinary commitment to the health and well being of our beloved community. Three years ago, she recruited me to join her as an Alderwood volunteer and I couldn’t be more grateful. It is absolutely heartwarming to walk through the halls with her as kids call out “ There’s Grandma Sue” and rush over with gigantic smiles and hugs. Bless you, Sue!

  6. Sue Webber is a local treasure. She has the biggest heart and an inspirational work ethic. Her dedication to kids is a gift to us all. Thank you for featuring her.

  7. Sue makes the hearts of every student, teacher, and parent overflow with love and admiration. She exemplifies what it means to be a volunteer but she is far more than the title on her badge. She is “Grama Sue” to so many and my children are among those that look up to her with endearing eyes. She has shown our family more love than we could ever have imagined and she has earned herself a seat at our family table. Thank you Sue for being the outstanding human we all love and care for so deeply.
    ~Aaron, Liam & Nora

  8. Sue is just a wonderful person all around. I am so proud to know her and be her friend. Sue and her husband have done so many amazing things for our community for the young, families and more. Thanks Sue for the circle of joy and peace you spread to those who come in contact with you.

  9. Sue is just a wonderful person all around. I am so proud to know her and be her friend. Sue and her husband have done so many amazing things for our community for the young, families and more. Thanks Sue for the circle of joy and peace you spread to those who come in contact with you.

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