Elena Olsen

English, College Counselor

Ph.D., English, University of Washington; B.A., English (Magna Cum Laude), Bryn Mawr College

Elena joined EPS in 2006 after nine years of teaching at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching Upper School English and writers’ workshops, Elena is also one of Eastside Prep’s college counselors. Elena is a tireless advocate for differentiated instruction and with Sam Uzwack, has co-pioneered two experiential education courses in the Upper School, Experience: Seattle and Experience: Arches National Park. Elena loves hiking the Cascades and Olympics, traveling to sunny beaches, writing poetry, and cooking for family and friends.

“I am so proud to tell people that I teach at Eastside Prep. I teach students who bring a wide variety of talents and learning styles to my classroom and am excited to walk into that room every day, knowing they will inspire me.”