About

I’m Erin Grimm, and I’ll teach you to communicate.

We all communicate differently. I offer a unique approach to the creative process by stressing that all creations are a form of communication. Every project begins with an idea, but it’s what happens to that idea along the way that counts.

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Offerings

Reading

I teach intermediate-advanced reading appreciation in 5 languages (Russian, German, French and Spanish, plus ESL). $45-$75/hour

Speaking

I have been a minister, educator, conference presenter and public speaker. We will work together on your confidence and competence. $55/hour

Writing

My work is based on Liz Prather’s wonderful book Project-Based Writing: Teaching Writers to Manage Time and Clarify Purpose. $55/hour

Editing

I have edited books for publication, most recently, Deep Changes, aiding in the translation from Spanish to English and providing ample feedback on the manuscript. $75/hour

Experiences

Burien Community Church

Ministry intern, preaching, administering the sacraments, planning and coordinating a mission trip to Mexico, meeting with parishioners.

City University, Seattle

Russian and German instructor, teaching adults using the communicative approach and focusing on cognitive grammar models.

Highline Public Schools

Language learning specialist, department chair, seal of biliteracy administrator, and translation and interpreting instructor.

University of California, Davis

Taught Russian 1-6 and German 1-4, and literature and writing courses, most frequently, literature of fantasy and the supernatural

A bit more of my background….

Northwest Nazarene University (2020-present):
Master of Divinity Student (Missional Leadership Focus)

UC Davis (2008-2014):
MA Comparative Literature in Russian and French
MA German
Critical Theory Certificate
Second Language Acquisition Certificate
Teaching Credential

UC Berkeley (2005-2007):
BA Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley
Summa Cum Laude
Department Citation of Excellence in Scholarly Research

Sonoma State University (2003-2005):
Piano Performance, Band and Choir
Hutchins Program of Liberal Studies

Sample of community service projects I take on

  • Pro-bono Consultant with Northwest Education Access; responsible for developing their community mentorship program
  • Spanish teacher for students in college who want to learn Spanish
  • Cook for neighbors/friends in need
  • Editor/Translator for book project by theologian Nicolas Tranchini (Spanish-English)
  • Presenter on creating community and backyard wildlife habitats

Types of PD I frequently take…

  • Ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion training (teaching humans how to be humane)
  • Great Books and Literacy training (teaching kids how to read)
  • Business courses, especially at the intersection of business and faith
  • Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Care, and Mental Health Research Presentations
  • Detention Ministry Training
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Coursework and Programs
  • Hospice Training
  • Restorative Justice Training
  • Stephen Ministry Training
  • Language learning – from night classes down to things as intensive as a Fulbright scholarship to Moscow, Russia
Contact
erinmichael@ seahurstlearns.com

Learn with me…