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

Justine Gilbertson

Justine earned her B.A. in journalism and M.Ed. in special education from the University of Minnesota. She has provided remedial support to students of all ages as a special educator and tutor, and also has experience providing writing and editing support to graduate level international students. Her writing experience ranges from news writing, feature length work, press texts, personal narratives, essays, blog writing, and academic/research writing.

A compassionate and intuitive educator, Justine capitalizes on students’ strengths and adapts support according to their individual needs. She believes everyone has a story and perspective to share and is passionate about helping writers find their voice. As a tutor, her raison d’être is cultivating creative expression for the sake of pleasure and empowering students to confidently share their ideas.

Justine recently relocated to Seattle from Los Angeles seeking creative inspiration in the Pacific Northwest's calm and natural beauty.

Evan Barton

Evan is a graduate student in the creative writing MFA program at the UW. He earned his BA from Wesleyan University with a double major in Film and English and then his Masters from Scripps School of Journalism in Ohio. Most recently, Evan spent a year abroad in Shanghai, China teaching elementary students to read, write, and speak English as well as English Literature to 11th and 12th grade bilingual students.

Currently, Evan is a Predoctoral English Instructor at the UW teaching English composition to undergraduates. He has many years experience as both a professional writer in public relations, communications, and journalism and as a teacher and tutor from elementary age through college.

As a newcomer to Seattle, Evan is enjoying getting to know all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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.

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.