Experience Matters

If you want my longer, back story….


Erin Grimm 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 in the University of California system, a charter school, and several public schools. Among subjects: 5 languages, psychology and psychoanalysis in literature, and piano. She also began her career as a private tutor, which she continues to this day.


Erin 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.

In 2015, she moved with her husband 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, department chair and world languages instructor of high school and college students.

Life Today

Today, in addition to her work with her own tutoring company, she engages in public speaking on the topics of equity, justice and health and wellness in education and business. She is doing coursework to become a foster parent and spreading love and wellness in the Covid era.

Reach me directly:

Phone/text: 916-586-9551
Email: erinmichael@seahurstlearns.com

If you want my credentials…



  • 2014 MA German Language and Literature, University of California, Davis
    • Foci: Mental Illness, Christian Existentialism, Mysticism; Nature and the SublimeMA Thesis: “Hidden Resonance: Novalis, Tiutchev, Hoffmann and Rousseau”
  • 2013 MA Comparative Literature in Russian and French, University of California, Davis
    • Foci: Critical Theory, Trauma Theory and Psychoanalysis
  • 2012 Second Language Acquisition Certificate, University of California, Davis
    • Courses: Theories in Second Language Acquisition, Research in Second Language Acquisition, Cognitive Grammar for Applied Linguists, and Bilingualism | G.P.A. 4.00
  • 2009 Teaching Certificate, University of California, Davis
    • Foci: English and English as a Foreign Language
  • 2007 BA Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley
    • Summa cum laude, departmental citation for excellence in undergraduate research
    • Honors Thesis: “Scandal: Dostoevsky’s Theater of Ideas”


September 2009 – August 2018 – Language Learning Specialist, Equity Coach and Consultant, English, Spanish, Russian, German, French Instructor, Interpreting and Translation Instructor

  • Co-plan Dual Language Program, plan and deliver professional development, extensive work with refugee and immigrant population around language maintenance and development, department chair, editor of district newsletter, supervise translation contracting, event planning
  • Elected Site Council Member; GSA and Room to Read Club Adviser; Co-Planned Spanish, French and History Common Core Field Trip to San Fracisco’s Mission District and the Legion of Honor; Intensive Behavior Management Work
  • Member of ELA Cadre; Member of Technology Task Force for School-wide Implementation of Technology – Fundraising Subdivision; Strong Online Component to Class; Founding Head of French Sci-Fi Club; Mini-Grant Recipient for Technology in the Classroom; Poetry Out Loud Judge; Organized French Pen Pals in West Africa and Paris
  • Courses Taught: German 1-3; Russian 1-6; Comparative Literature: Literature of Fantasy and the Supernatural

2017-2018 – Grantwriter for Hero House Northwest, a non-profit dedicated to rehabilitating adults with serious mental illness – all projects fully funded by the state

2016-2017 – Ministry Intern at Burien Community Church

  • Preaching, leadership mentorship, delivering the sacraments, planned, coordinated, and executed a mission trip to Mexico

2006-2008, summers – Marketing intern and administrative specialist, Capitol Engineering Consultants

  • Mentored by senior marketing professionals and business systems analysts, proof and edit specs, arrange meeting times and coordinate gatherings and parties, create and distribute marketing materials


  • Diversity, equity and inclusion advising for Puget Sound Grantwriters’ Association
  • Seattle Education Access (soon to be Northwest Education Access); responsible for developing their community mentorship program
  • Lake Burien Presbyterian Church’s Educational Programming
  • John Knox Presbyterian Church Missions Team, Head Usher, Bible study leader, and nominated for Deacon (declined)
  • Hospice Volunteer
  • Instructor at International Rescue Committee
  • Stephen Minister


  • “Xicanx Voice: Equity in Spanish Curricula” Professional Development Presentation, by Invitation (California Language Teaching Association Jamboree, Sacramento, CA October 28, 2017)
  • “Speaking Truth to Power: Long-Term English Learners Find Their Voice” – Professional Development Presentation (Washington Association for Bilingual Education, April 21, 2017)
  • “Hidden Resonance: Physical Focalization in Novalis and Tiutchev” (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Conference; Seattle, WA January 8, 2012)
  • “Narrative and Ethical Inertia in Tieck and Hoffmann,” (UC Davis Comparative Literature Graduate Conference; Davis, CA May 20, 2011)
  • “Scandal: Dostoevsky’s Theater of Ideas” (10th Annual University of California Undergraduate Conference on Slavic Studies: Face to Face with the Slavs, April 21, 2007)


  • “Self-righteousness vs. Self-examination: Convicted by Matthew 25:31-46” – (Sermon, Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA – April 7, 2019)
  • Presentation Interpreter and Conference Program Translator, International Korzack Conference: Education for Excellence, Diversity and Respect; provided simultaneous interpretation (Seattle Pacific University – August 2018)
  • “Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitats” – (Community Presentation for the Burien Nature Stewards Program, Burien Community Center – April 27, 2018)
  • “Let’s Come Together: Supporting Racial Reconciliation and a Reparations Paradigm in the Church” – (Word of Witness, John Knox Presbyterian Church – February 25, 2018)
  • “Discerning with the Eyes of our Hearts Enlightened” – (Sermon, Burien Community Church, May 28, 2017)
  • “Just Breathe: Living into Our Bones” a Sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Burien Community Church, Burien, WA – April 2, 2017)


  • Highline Education Association
  • Spiritual Directors International
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • UC Berkeley Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
  • Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honors Society
  • Golden Key International Honours Society


  • Great Books Blended Shared Inquiry Webinar (Great Books Foundation, Chicago, IL, August 4-5, 2020)
  • Course: Faith & Co: Business on Purpose (Online Course, School of Business, Government and Economics, Seattle Pacific University, April-June 2020)
  • Foundation and Government Grantmaking: Coronavirus Impact and Responses, Puget Sound Grantwriters’ Association (Live Webinar, March 25, 2020)
  • Highline Equity Symposium (Burien, WA, August 27th and 28th, 2019)
  • Interviewing for Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Care, Medical Family Therapy Professional Development (Seattle Pacific University – November 2, 2018)
  • Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development Lancet Launch (Seattle, University of Washington, October 2018)
  • Creative Facilitation 1 Training (Seattle, Partners for Youth Empowerment, September 2018)
  • International Korzack Conference: Education for Excellence, Diversity and Respect, Transformative 21st Century Innovations (Seattle Pacific University – August 2018)
  • 2018 Washington State Mental Health Summit (Seattle, University of Washington, Seattle – May 2018)
  • Detention Ministry Training (Tacoma Detention Center, Washington – July 2018)
  • Sound Discipline (Burien via Highline Public Schools – Fall 2017)
  • Course: Global Christian Heritage II (Seattle, Seattle Pacific Seminary – Winter 2017)
  • “From Phonics to Fluency to Meaningful and Proficient Reading: Moving Toward a Balanced Reading Curriculum” (Timothy Rasinski, PhD, via Highline Public Schools and MyOn – October 2016)
  • “Teaching for Biliteracy” Two-Day Regional Workshop (Tacoma – October 2016)
  • Course: Global Christian Heritage I (Seattle Pacific Seminary – Fall 2016)
  • Course: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Seattle Mindfulness Center – Fall 2016)
  • Hospice Training (Teaching Transitions and CHI Franciscan Hospice – Summer 2016)
  • Intensive IB Training for Second Language Acquisition Assessment and Curriculum Design (Albuquerque, NM and Atlanta, GA – Continued Winter 2014 through Spring 2015)
  • Restorative Justice Training (San Juan Unified School District – Fall 2014)
  • Course: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Gayle Wilson – Sacramento, CA)
  • French Intensive Language Learning (Alliance Française, Paris, France – Summer 2013)
  • Spanish Living Abroad (Madrid and Barcelona, Spain – Summer 2013)
  • TPRS (Total Physical Response Storytelling) Workshop (Portland, Oregon – November 2013)
  • Classroom Management to Win Students Over (Online, PD 360 – January 2013)
  • Picture Books and Poetry Power: Growing Academic Writers in the Common Core (UC Davis Area 3 Writing Project – January 2013)
  • Stephen Ministry Training – 50 hours (Stephen Ministries, Carmichael Presbyterian Church – Throughout 2011)
  • German Intensive Language Learning (Goethe Institut – Heidelberg, Germany – Summer 2011)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia – 2010)

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Reach me directly:
Phone/text: 916-586-9551
Email: erinmichael@seahurstlearns.com