About Erin Michael

Erin Michael Grimm is founding director of Seahurst Wellness and Education Center, LLC. She grew up in Sacramento California, and has attended Sonoma State University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Moscow State University and Seattle Pacific University (see CV above for details). She began her career in education at the age of 20 as a volunteer tutor at a underresourced school in Oakland, CA while an undergraduate; however, she comes from a long line of educators and was raised “talking shop” at the dinner table with family.

Erin’s undergraduate focus was piano performance, the humanities, and foreign languages and literature. Her honors thesis centered shame, scandal, and theatricality in Dostoevsky’s works, and she draws on this work to this day in her community organizing work and mentorship of marginalized students and their families.

In her mid-twenties Erin taught a wide variety of subjects, including psychology and psychoanalysis in literature. She put the psychological and psychoanalytic frameworks she was studying and teaching and writing about in her MA thesis to good use as a lay crisis counselor for several years.

Erin applies critical race theory and critical pedagogy frameworks and advocates for justice and equity in education and the church and in the philanthropic sector. She has served as a restorative justice trainer and also advised the Gay Straight Alliance club and “Room to Read,” a program that brings literacy to underresourced countries. Her passion is unequivocally for the marginalized, and she also has written (later fully-funded) grants for non-profits that serve adults with serious mental illness.

Since recovering from a serious mental health episode in 2015, Erin has become outspoken in her advocacy for people with lived experience committing to stability by making necessary lifestyle changes and staying on medical and therapeutic treatments.

Also in 2015, Erin moved with her high school sweetheart from Sacramento, Calif. to Seattle, Washington and continued to teach and enrolled in seminary. In 2016, to further discern her call to ministry, she became a ministry intern, and she preached and delivered the sacraments while remaining in education full time as a language learning specialist (Highline Public Schools). Today she concentrates on consultancy and on her career as a presenter and promoter of equity, justice and health and wellness in education and business.

She continues to teach as a substitute teacher in order to stay in the classroom and with the aim of keeping the costs of her high-quality, donation-based services affordable to those she most desires to serve.

Erin with her mother, master teacher Betsy Rectenwald. Erin says her mom is her inspiration; Erin’s passion for her students was developed under Betsy’s watchful gaze throughout Erin’s upbringing.