Meet Our Tutors

Dylan Medina, Ph.D. - He/ Him

Dylan earned his PhD in Language and Rhetoric from the University of Washington. He has has spent over 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

Jennie Baker - They/ Them

Jennie is an educator with a passion for supporting writers, readers, and learners of all ages. They hold dual B.S. degrees in Secondary Education of English and Social Studies, as well as an M.A. in Literature. Before beginning graduate school, they taught both subjects to grades 7-12 in Michigan with a focus on literacy and writing across the curriculum. Currently, Jennie is an instructor of writing for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at UW and working on a PhD in Literature and Culture. They research ways of making learning experiences more accessible and equitable for all students.

Jennie’s teaching philosophy is centered on student empowerment. They delight in helping students become flexible and confident readers, writers, and thinkers. They are experienced in teaching reading and writing strategies, test preparation, and habits of good writing for school, work, and life.

Michael Bostic - They/ Them

Michael is an educator with a commitment to grounding their teaching in the communities they’re working with, tailoring their teaching practice to the needs and passions of individual students.

Michael holds a BA and MA in English and has taught and tutored students at the middle school, high school, and college level. They currently teach writing at the University of Washington and are conducting historical research for an upcoming writing-project. Michael’s research focuses on how to make education accessible and relevant to historically marginalized groups without sacrificing the nuances of a diverse cultural history.

Michael believes in the absolute necessity of empowering students to take a lead in their learning, and they strive to shape the learning process to be most useful and applicable to each student. Michael has experience in critical reading and writing strategies, test preparation, research methodologies, and strategies for shaping the writing process to suit student needs.

Mary Douglass - She/ Her

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.

Will Mitchell, Ph.D. - He/ Him

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.