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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MATTHEW PETERSON, Senior Tutor
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!).
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IAN KAHN, Senior Tutor
Test Preparation, Math and Science Subject Tutoring, GMAT
Ian grew up on the East Coast and has slowly migrated westward, finally settling in Portland. He 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 is working towards an apparel design certificate at the Portland Fashion Institute. He also loves reading and discussing philosophy.
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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.
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KATY HERRERA, Associate 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.
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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 just arrived in Portland from 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.
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BEN DILLON, Associate 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 an AB 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.
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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.
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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.
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TAKE MORIKAWA, Academic Specialist
Math and Science Subject Tutoring, Math and Science Test Prep
Take grew up in the coastal cities of California. He has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine. While earning his degree, he joined the Beckman Laser Institute lab where he worked on laser spectroscopy to detect breast cancer. The experience with lasers led him to a path in a R&D career in laser companies in San Diego. However, in 2013 he switched careers, and has ever since enjoyed his new found passion of teaching math and physics.
If he isn’t geeking out on “theoretical” physics with his students, you’ll find him cooking, eating, or playing some sports. He is lover of coffee and tea!
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KATE BYARS, Academic Specialist
English Subject Tutoring, Academic Coaching, Verbal Test Prep, Writing Coaching
Kate Byars is an alumna of Smith College in French and Italian and is a long-time tutor and teacher. She has a background in both full time teaching at the high-school and middle-school levels and in running her own tutoring business in a variety of subjects. She has lived in several countries during her study of languages and has run several small businesses.
When not at work, Kate is usually both booking a ticket to her next travel destination and pursuing her lifetime goal of becoming a polyglot. To date, she is fluent in French and Italian, conversational ability in Spanish and Portuguese and a fledgling knowledge of Japanese.
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DAVE FRANZ, Academic Specialist
Dave is originally from central California where he earned BA in chemistry. While working on his undergraduate degree he worked for the USDA in a molecular biology lab investigating plant diseases. After working in the research field for a couple of years Dave decided to pursue a graduate degree. He enrolled at the University of Oregon and earned an MS in Chemistry. His professional career has allowed him to work abroad, for research labs, corporations, and teach higher education.
In his free time, Dave enjoys photography, hiking, and running.
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SHANNON SONN, Academic Specialist
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.
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