SCOTT CLYBURN, Founder + Director

Test Preparation, GRE

Originally from Houston, Texas, Scott has been tutoring professionally since 2005. He holds degrees from both the University of Virginia and Yale University, and has taught both secondary and higher education (including at the University of Portland). Before moving to Oregon, Scott trained with Kimberly Freudigman, Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, and tutored in Westport, Connecticut.

In his limited free time, Scott enjoys the films of Wes Anderson, the music of Sufjan Stevens, and time spent fixing up his 1923 bungalow in SE Portland. For questions, concerns, or conversation, email Scott at scott@northaveeducation.com.

For scheduling or to set up a tutoring consultation, contact info@northaveeducation.com.


Test Preparation, Subject Tutoring, LSAT, GRE

Matt was born and raised in southern California. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and a law degree from Georgetown. After finishing school, he worked for two years as an attorney in New York, but when he and his wife relocated to Hong Kong, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue his passion for teaching. While in Hong Kong, Matt headed test prep tutoring services at a highly regarded education center, where he taught SAT, ACT, and SSAT, and helped many of his students gain admission to top universities and boarding schools throughout the United States.

When not teaching, Matt enjoys traveling, hiking, playing and watching basketball, and taking advantage of Portland’s incredible food offerings (especially the donuts!).

Reach out to meet with Matt for one-to-one tutoring and test prep.

KATY HERRERA, Senior Tutor

Test Preparation, GRE Verbal

Katy was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University, where she studied a combination of religion, politics, and history. A summer course in Turkey lead to Turkish language classes, and after graduating from college, Katy moved to Istanbul, Turkey. She spent five years living abroad teaching SAT and ACT and working with international students applying to universities in the United States. She loves seeing hard work pay off – from the small moment when a concept clicks for a student to the big moment when a student achieves his or her academic goals.

When she’s not at North Avenue, you’ll find her hanging out with her family in Portland, reading cool books that her friends recommend, or traveling to locations (both local and international) that boast good food and great fun.

Contact us today to work with Katy.

BEN DILLON, Senior Tutor

Test Preparation, Humanities Subject Tutoring

Ben comes to us from the windswept plains of central Oklahoma by way of Durham, North Carolina, where he has most recently worked as a university professor, editor, and writing tutor. Since 2005, Ben has taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels. After completing a BA in English and Philosophy from Dartmouth College, he earned an MA from Yale and a PhD from Duke, both in religion. In between his graduate degrees, he taught middle school social studies in Connecticut and SAT prep in Korea. He’s passionate about teaching, especially about the moment a student first grasps a concept and is able to apply it on their own in a new context.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys running, hiking the Cascades, and baking a perfectly crisp loaf of sourdough.

Contact us today to work with Ben.

IAN KAHN, Senior Tutor

Test Preparation, Math and Science Subject Tutoring, GMAT
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Ian grew up on the East Coast and has slowly migrated westward, finally settling in Vancouver, BC. Ian earned his B.A. in physics and mathematics at Colby College and also graduated from Dartmouth College with an engineering degree. After analyzing electroencephalograph study data at a biomedical device company, he returned to school to study finance and earn his MBA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ian started teaching mathematics at a middle school in the remote Marshall Islands, but now most enjoys the one-on-one mentoring relationship that tutoring provides. He finds working with students on Calculus and specialized math entrance exams especially rewarding.

When not tutoring, Ian designs and sews apparel on his vintage Singer sewing machine. He also loves reading and discussing philosophy. Ian is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Philosophy at Simon Fraser University.

Contact us today to work with Ian.

XANDER DOMINITZ, Associate Tutor

Test Preparation, Subject Tutoring, Writing Coaching

Xander grew up in Northern California but left to enjoy the frigid winters and personalities of New England. He landed at Yale University, where he majored in History, with a concentration on early modern English politics. After graduating, he worked in the film industry, reading scripts for literary managers and assisting editors of Justin Timberlake music videos. He still writes scripts, but he finds that helping young people achieve their potential is more rewarding than fetching coffee for temperamental producers.

When he’s not teaching or writing, Xander enjoys watching esoteric foreign cinema, making homemade ravioli with his new pasta maker, and conquering the rapids of the White Salmon River. If you want to kill an hour or two, ask him why he thinks Ulysses S. Grant was so cool.

Contact us today to work with Xander.

TIERNEY MCBRIDE, Associate Tutor

Test Preparation, Academic Coaching, Math and Science Subject Tutoring, GRE Quantitative

Tierney was born and raised in San Francisco, California. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Linguistics, she moved home and unwittingly began a career in education that has now spanned seven years and three cities. She has worked with students from Pre-K to 12th grade, of all ages and abilities, and, for the past three years, has been focused on middle and high school tutoring and test prep. She moved to Portland after spending four years in Chicago and is excited to have the crisp West Coast air back in her lungs.

In her spare time, Tierney enjoys reading, learning to grill, and exploring Portland one hiking trail and latté at a time.

Contact us today to work with Tierney.

CLAIRE BURGESS, Associate Tutor

Test Prep, Subject Tutoring, Writing Coaching, GRE Verbal

Claire began tutoring in 2005 during her undergraduate studies in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Since then, she’s professionally tutored writing, math, and SAT/ACT prep to a wide variety of learners across four states. After earning her master’s degree in creative writing at Vanderbilt University, Claire moved to New Orleans to teach low-literacy populations with AmeriCorps and then to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she tutored test prep and served as the assistant director of a respected learning center for three years. Claire recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest and is excited to help Portland’s students achieve their academic dreams. Her favorite part of tutoring is the opportunity to watch young minds become not only better students but better thinkers.

When she’s not tutoring, Claire is probably wandering in nature, reading a book, or engaging in her second passion: writing short stories, some of which have been recognized in the Best American and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

Reach out to learn about working with Claire.

Hillary Gell, Associate Tutor

Test Prep, Subject Tutoring, Grad Writing Coaching, TOEFL

Originally from Massachusetts, Hillary graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She recently moved to Portland with her husband after spending several years teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Massachusetts as well as guiding law school applicants through the admissions process. Her tutoring experience also includes working with high school students preparing to take the SAT,ACT, and TOEFL as well as providing ESL instruction to adult learners. She continues to teach psychology and philosophy undergraduate courses online and especially enjoys exploring topics in applied ethics.

In her free time, Hillary visits Portland’s blooming gardens and compares the talents of local chocolatiers.

Reach out to learn about working with Hillary.

GEORGE DERK, Associate Tutor

Test Prep, Subject Tutoring

George earned his B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley. After living and teaching in Madrid and then in Paris for a couple of years, he decided to hunker down at the University of Virginia where he earned his Ph.D. in English. In the Fall 2015 voyage of Semester at Sea, he helped run the Writing Center on the ship and managed to tutor even in stormy conditions. Most recently, he completed a post-bac pre-medical program, shifting his attention to the sciences. Whether working with students to improve their writing, prepare for a standardized test, or think through problems in math or science, George enjoys helping students succeed.

Outside of North Avenue Education, he’s either got his head in a book or is playing ultimate frisbee.

Reach out to learn about working with George.


English Subject Tutoring, Academic Coaching, Test Prep, Writing Coaching

Jeremy has lived and studied across the globe—including stints on both coasts, England, and Italy — completing degrees in Fine Arts, Film Studies, and Philosophy. After a brief spell in Hollywood making movie trailers, his educational career has taken him from the hallowed halls of the University of Oxford to the streets of Philadelphia, where he earned a PhD at Temple University. There he taught undergraduates of all stripes the value of philosophy and the superiority of pen and paper for the life of the mind. Following a year in his native Los Angeles as a K-12 substitute, he made his way to Portland’s (literally) greener pastures.

When he is not teaching, Jeremy enjoys cycling and planting trees (sometimes at the same time), as well as all things sports. #RCTID

Reach out to learn about working with Jeremy.

MARINA SHULYAKOVA, Academic Specialist

SAT/ACT Math + Science Test Prep, Math Subject Tutoring

Marina was born and raised in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan. While she was pursuing her education, Marina took part in various programs organized by Peace Corps Volunteers that aimed to educate kids. Working by their side allowed her to learn and practice English. After getting her high school diploma in Kazakhstan, Marina moved to US to pursue higher education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University of Northridge, where she studied applied mathematics. Teaching has been Marina’s long-time passion and she was fortunate enough to tutor and teach math workshops in the Learning Center at College of the Canyons for over a decade. Marina understands how difficult mathematics can be and she strongly believes that no student should be held back from pursuing their education because they cannot complete their math curriculum. She is passionate about teaching students that mathematics can be fun and interesting!

In her spare time, Marina enjoys challenging herself with Kakuro puzzles, cooking, and taking care of her pets.

Reach out to learn about working with Marina.

NANETTE THRUSH, Academic Specialist

SAT/ACT Verbal Test Prep, Writing Coaching, Humanities Subject Tutoring

Nanette earned her B.A. in Art History from Texas Christian University, and her Ph.D. in Art History from Indiana University. While she specializes in art of the 19th century, a career teaching in small colleges and university departments means that she has taught everything from prehistoric European to contemporary African art. Nanette is currently on the faculty at Washington State University – Vancouver. In addition to her work in higher education, Nanette has worked with high school students through the Advanced Placement program and the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. Her passion is travel, both for herself and for her students through study abroad programs.

Reach out to learn about working with Nanette.

SHANNON SONN, Academic Specialist

Spanish Tutoring

Shannon recently returned to her native Northwest after many years on the East Coast and abroad. Her semi-nomadic lifestyle included extensive travels through Spain, Mexico, and South America, and stints in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Spain, and New York City. Shannon earned degrees from Georgetown University and Columbia University, and currently teaches Spanish at St. Mary’s Academy. Before coming to Portland, Shannon tutored and taught for four years at Sacred Heart, an elite private school in Manhattan.

When not at school, Shannon enjoys running, cooking, and indulging her hispanophile tendencies.

Contact us to schedule a tutoring session with Shannon.