After many years of discernment, I ended my full-time, 10-year career as a department chair, language learning specialist and classroom teacher in 2018. Around the same time, I abandoned my intentions of becoming an ordained mainline Christian minister. I realized my call was to address the unmet spiritual needs of my students in the classroom and the parishioners in the pews as a partner-leader and not a leader.
About Erin Michael
Solid Research Background Grounds Our Work Together
I finished my Bachelor’s at UC Berkeley (2007), exploring the phenomena of shame, scandal and public shaming in an honors thesis on the dialogical and theatrical function of scandal in the works of Dostoevsky, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the departmental citation in excellence in undergraduate research. I later studied Russian linguistics and culture at Moscow State University as a Fulbright Scholar (2010). I hold two MA degrees from UC Davis, one in Comparative Literature in Russian and French (2013) and one in German Language and Literature (2014), with certificates in second language acquisition and critical theory. My Master’s thesis examined the intersection of Christian mysticism and existentialism, and what we would now call trauma and mental illness in selections from 18th – early 20th century Western literature.
10 Years of Experience as Educator and Educational Leader Informs the Approach
I taught Spanish, German, Russian and French as foreign languages, in addition to English, Literature and Psychoanalysis, English as a Second Language, and Translation/Interpreting in public schools and universities, full-time, from 2009-2018.
A Ministry Mindset Shapes the Relationships
I am a former hospice volunteer and Stephen Minister. From 2016-2017 I was a ministry intern at a Baptist church where I preached and delivered the sacraments. I explored many spiritual paths before becoming exclusively Christian, and so my Christian faith is infused with many Christian and non-Christian traditions. For all of the education, all of the religious studies, all the ministry internships and seminary classes, I learned that love is love is love.
“I wanted to thank you for last Thursday. My daughter was just beaming and was a chatterbox the whole way home. Thank you so much for your encouragement. I haven’t seen her like that in such a long time. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“…Erin understands how to create mastery of a subject. She was able to get my son to wherever he wanted to go. She is welcoming, kind and patient. I highly trust and recommend her services…”
“…Erin’s pedagogical skills are remarkable. She is aware of what students can and can’t do and she pushes enough to keep it challenging, but not overwhelming…”
“…She is an amazing person overall who never hesitates to give her clients the best help she possibly can in any way it is needed…”
“It would be difficult for me to overstate the positive impact Erin has had on our son. His academic skills and aptitude have definitely improved, but the most significant change we have seen is in his confidence and self-concept. Erin saw our son’s true potential and gave him tools to help him see it for himself. Once he gained this perspective on his own brilliance and capacity, the transformation was astonishing. In the years prior to working with Erin, we had switched our son from public to private school, and finally pulled him out altogether to home school, due to his struggles. Within a few months of beginning to work regularly with Erin, he was back in public school and performing at the top of his class academically. What is even more important to me as his parent is the way he feels about himself as a student, a learner, and a member of an educational community. We are forever grateful to Erin for the gift she has been to our whole family!”