Carolyn Wilsey specializes in individualized writing instruction. Her love for writing and reading began in early childhood and has continued through her academic, personal, and professional life. She graduated with a B.A. in American Literature from Middlebury College and, in 2005, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. This program included a rigorous and enjoyable training course on how to teach composition.
Carolyn’s early career was in journalism and included posts at both small community newspapers and large national magazines. In 2009, she began teaching Writing 101 at Marymount Manhattan College and developed a passion for collaborating with students on their writing projects. After a successful semester as a writing coach for the State University of New York (SUNY), Carolyn transitioned to education full-time. She has worked as a writing consultant (or tutor) at Columbia University, SUNY, Marymount Manhattan College, and Greenwich Education Group (GEG). Additionally, she has classroom experience as a literature, study skills, and writing teacher at GEG and has worked with many students with learning differences. She has also worked as a mentor teacher, supporting aspiring intern teachers, at Summerbridge at University High School in San Francisco.
Prior to joining the Compass staff in August of 2016, Carolyn was an Academic Support Specialist for SUNY — a college learning center position that included one-on-one writing coaching and time management sessions, creating and delivering workshops, embedding academic support in the classroom, and designing and teaching independent studies, including a basic skills writing program, which she managed across three city locations. After living in Manhattan for six years and Brooklyn for three years, Carolyn relocated to San Francisco. Moving to the Bay Area has been a longtime dream of Carolyn’s, and she is excited to be surrounded by the beautiful landscape and culture here and to participate in the school community at Compass.