Meet Our Team
Please read more about each coach’s expertise, course offerings, and student and parent testimonials below:
Holly began her career as a Writing Center assistant over twenty-five years ago. After earning her Ph.D. in French Literature at Northwestern, Holly taught humanities and writing courses at both the University of Washington and Seattle University.
Holly’s experience as an English professor at SU and UW helps her coach young writers with the long view in mind. She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature, summa cum laude, Northwestern University, 2004; an M.A. in French Literature, magna cum laude, University of Georgia, 1997; a B.A. in French and English, magna cum laude, Illinois Wesleyan, 1995; and was Valedictorian of her high school, University High, in 1991.
Jilena has a BA in English Literature with a Math minor from California State University, Los Angeles. She also holds an MA in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Whitworth University. Jilena received her teaching certificate in both elementary and secondary education from the University of Washington.
Leah earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. For the last two years, Leah has taught ACT and SAT prep and writing at Elite Educational Institutes in Bellevue and Silicon Valley. Leah also has tutored and volunteered with middle and high school age children in Oakland.
Jack Clinch, aka “The Grammar Cowboy,” will be joining the Uplift Writing team as an assistant during Uplift’s Summer Writing Camp. Jack has extensive experience tutoring children at the King County Boys and Girls Club. At Seattle Pacific University, he oversaw the production of the student newspaper as its editor-in-chief. Jack is pursuing a career in education. He believes, “A good teacher can help any student succeed.”
Mr. Happy was adopted by Holly from Second Chance Dogs. Happy is an older dog with a young heart and only a few teeth. He loves to lick children and play with their socks. Happy sometimes visits Uplift Writing, although he is content to nap in the kitchen or stay at home too. Our families with allergies and those who would rather have bipedal company always come first 😉