Nat Crawford is the President of Improve Your English. He received his BA in English Literature from The University of Chicago and his MA at Stanford University. For four years, he taught writing and Honors English at an elite preparatory school in Los Altos. As a tutor, he has helped students develop better writing skills, improve scores on standardized tests, and earn admission to Harvard, Wesleyan, Caltech, and MIT, among other schools.
Teresa Kim is an English graduate of Stanford University, where she was a presidential scholar and a peer writing tutor. At Improve Your English, she has helped students improve their SAT scores, receive National Merit Scholarships, and qualify for gifted youth programs hosted by John’s Hopkins and Duke.
Ann Hillesland has a BA in English with highest honors from UC Berkeley as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. As a writing tutor and teacher, she has taught students everything from basic grammar to college essay composition to creative writing. She has written for some of Silicon Valley's top companies and many national literary magazines. Read More About Ann
Dr. Mary Lynn Wilson
Dr. Mary Lynn Wilson graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a double major in English and History. She holds both an MA in Medieval European History and a PhD in Indo-European Studies from UCLA. She is a lecturer at San Jose State University, where she has taught mandatory junior-level writing courses for ten years. Dr. Wilson has studied 13 languages, including French, German, Latin, and Sanskrit. Read More About Mary Lynn
Judy Wendel graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in English Literature. After obtaining two teaching credentials, she went on to graduate study in English, in education, and in ancient languages and literature. Her experience includes private schools, public schools, supplemental education, and homeschools. She has taught reading comprehension, literary analysis, grammar, writing, and the structure of language to all ages, including adults. She has additional expertise in Gifted Education and in the writing aspects of college admissions, having also worked independently as a college admissions counselor. Read more about Judy
Jeannie Stokes-Cobb has taught English and English as a Second Language in K-12 and adult schools for twelve years. Her work in Alameda County led to a nomination for the county's Teacher of Excellence award. In addition to advanced degrees in education, she holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University. She is currently an English Instructor at San Jose City College and Mission College, where she teaches developmental reading/writing and critical reading courses. Jeannie holds ten adult teaching credentials, including English and English as a Second Language. Read more about Jeannie
Daniel Hoshizaki received his B.A. in English from Santa Clara University. He has several years of experience with assisting students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels while helping them make significant strides in enriching their literacy and comprehension skills. His life-long love of reading and writing, supplemented by the study of literature in college, has given him a passion to impart a similarly ardent appreciation to others. His dedication, along with superb organization in lesson preparation and progression, inspires students to strive for excellence. Read more about Daniel
David McCalmon earned a B.A. with a double major in modernist literature and American history from U.C. Santa Cruz, from which he graduated with honors. He began his ten years of work in education by teaching U.S. history in college classrooms, where he often transformed ‘C’ students into ‘A’ students. He is currently in the process of writing and editing several novels in preparation for publication. Since 2012, he has tutored elementary and middle school children, with a particular emphasis on encouraging an early appreciation of classic and world literature. Read more about David
Mirabella Mitchell has a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She taught college-level composition and creative writing at UVA, where she also worked as a writing tutor for undergraduate and graduate students. Now an SAT and English tutor, she focuses on building critical thinking and writing skills. Her own writing has received numerous awards and been published in several literary magazines. Read more about Mirabella
Dr. Julie Sparks
For over 25 years, Dr. Julie Sparks has taught English at the university level while also tutoring a wide variety of students, always with a focus on helping them excel at writing essays and understanding literature. While earning her Ph.D. in English at Penn State University, Dr. Sparks tutored in the PSU writing center and taught classes in freshman rhetoric and composition, junior-level business and technical writing, British literature, and an honors class in utopian and dystopian literature. She has also taught world literature, modern and contemporary drama, and Shakespeare. After Penn State, Dr. Sparks returned to her roots in the Bay Area to teach various classes in composition, critical thinking, and literature as a lecturer at San Jose State University for over 14 years. Her philosophy of both teaching and tutoring can be summed up in a line from the great Irish poet W. B. Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."