Mr. Washburn holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in Linguistics from Cornell University. Prior to the Academy, he taught at Cornell University and SUNY Cortland in New York. His interests include theoretical syntax, fantasy and horror literature and philosophy. He currently teaches 11th and 12th grade English, and has occasionally taught linguistics and philosophy. Mr. Washburn has served the Academy since 2010 and as the English Department chair since 2016. He has been an educator since 2002.