Meet Our Tutors

Dylan Medina, Ph.D.

Dylan recently earned his PhD in Language and Rhetoric from the University of Washington. He has has spent nearly a decade studying and teaching writing. His research focused on how people learn to write and how writing instruction can either support or hinder that learning. Dylan has taught writing at Western Washington University, the University of Washington, and Seattle University. In addition, he has tutored writers from grade school through high school. Dylan believes in meeting each student where they are. He helps students feel successful while giving them the framework and the tools they need to achieve their writing goals. Dylan is available for one to one tutoring in writing and also teaches special classes designed for High school students and tutors SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and any other standardized test prep and has also taught our SAT Camps taught through Fusion Math

Dylan Medina

Will Mitchell, Ph.D.

After receiving his B.A. in English and French from the University of Georgia, Will spent two years teaching English to high school students in France. While in Europe, he also enjoyed a summer working as a residential camp leadership counselor in Leysin, Switzerland. Upon returning home, he began graduate studies at the University of Washington and earned his PhD in Comparative Literature. As a teaching assistant, and later as a lecturer at the UW, he taught a variety of writing intensive courses in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English as well as courses in the Division of French and Italian Studies.

Will has extensive experience mentoring students through all phases of the writing process, and enjoys helping them develop the tools necessary to effectively express themselves whether in the form of personal narrative, college admission essays, or academic analysis. Will also preps students for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and other standardized test prep. With practice and the application of proven techniques for drafting, editing, and revision, everyone can improve their communication skills and become a strong writer.

Courtney Bird

Courtney earned her BA in art history from Princeton University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Montana, where she taught undergraduate courses in composition and creative writing. She has a wide variety of writing experience that includes essays, creative work, press releases, client proposals, and more. Interestingly, she worked in the rare books department for Sotheby's, where she researched and wrote cataloguing for high value auction lots. And just last year, she completed a writing fellowship at Hugo House here in Seattle.

She has extensive experience working with young people from writing tutoring to many years coaching Lacrosse. She currently directs the Woodinville Girls Lacrosse program, where she coaches K-12 and serves as an advisor to student athletes as they navigate the recruiting and college process.

Courtney believes that everyone is a writer. She loves sharing her passion for the written word and helping students realize the unique value of their voice. Courtney is available for tutoring in writing of all genres, from poetry to academic essays, as well as reading comprehension, literary analysis, and Test Prep.

Mary Douglass

Mary has B.A. in Human Biology/Psychology from Stanford University and an M.S.W. from Simmons School of Social Work. Mary has worked in various capacities in student counseling, psychological and career services at Harvard University, UCLA, UCSB, and Edmonds Community College. These experiences give her a wide breadth of knowledge in supporting students in the college and career development arenas.

For the last several years, Mary has been using her unique skill set to support students, including her own children, through the private high school and college admissions process, as well as internship and job applications. She particularly enjoys helping students identify and craft captivating personal statements and essays in topics they are passionate about. She believes the college search and application process offers a valuable opportunity for students to embark on a journey of self discovery that can be empowering and enjoyable.

Mary also understands and can break down the basics of financial aid programs and applications. She also enjoys supporting parents as they embrace their new role as the parents of emerging adults.

Eli D'Albora

Eli recently earned his BA from the University of Washington as an English major with a focus on Creative Writing. He spent much of his extracurricular time at the UW working with their Improv Troupe and writing and performing for screen and stage with The Collective. Eli has a wide range of experience working with students of all ages as a Preschool Assistant at the EEU and as a swim instructor and coach for the last five years. He has just returned to us from an adventurous backpacking trip through South America that included an unexpectedly tumultuous stint in Chile!