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 was a private tutor. She put the psychological and psychoanalytic frameworks she was studying and teaching and writing about for her MA thesis to good use as a lay crisis counselor for several years. As a grant writer for a local non-profit she won grants from the state for adults with serious mental illness.

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 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, department chair and world languages instructor of high school and college students.

Today, in addition to her work with her own company, she engages in public speaking on the topics of equity, justice and health and wellness in education and business.

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.