Todd Simmons, B.A., M.F.A
odd Simmons has his B.A in English, a minor in philosophy, an M.F.A in creative writing and poetics. He is currently a high school English and journalism teacher. He received his B.A at Whitworth University and his Master’s degree at the University of Washington. He has worked with teenagers in high schools, middle schools, and live-in treatment centers. He also taught junior high school English in Taiwan for two years. Todd is in his sixth season as a Special Olympics basketball coach for the high school at which he teaches. They have won the state championship each of the last four years. Todd is very strong in the areas of English, organization, persistence, and focusing on the task at hand.
Andy Williamson, MSc, MA
Andy Williamson MSc MA (Oxon) holds master's degrees from both Oxford and Edinburgh Universities. He has been tutoring full-time since 2010, and recently moved to Seattle from the UK. He has written a textbook on exam technique (to be published in December 2015). Andy has experience working with students with dyslexia, ADD and ADHD, and specializes in drawing out students' confidence and empowering them to achieve their learning goals.
April De Nonno, M.A.
April is a writing specialist and a high school educator. She received her B.A. in English from Hunter College in New York City, and her M.A. in Literature and Writing from the University of Washington. For nine years April was an upper-school English teacher at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS), where she developed pattern-based models of writing instruction used by the English, History, and Learning Support departments. Before teaching at SAAS, she spent six years in the Humanities and Sciences Department at Cornish College of the Arts. At Cornish April helped create the Integrated Studies Program, a year-long course designed to prepare new students for success in college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking. She believes that the path to good writing shouldn’t be mysterious, and that experienced writers draw on patterns and structures that are repeatable—even enjoyable—once practiced and learned.