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, 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
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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BEN DILLON, Senior Tutor
Test Preparation, Subject Tutoring, GRE, GMAT, LSAT
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.
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CLAIRE BURGESS, Senior Tutor
Test Prep, Subject Tutoring, College Essay 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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IAN KAHN, Senior Tutor
Test Preparation, Math and Science Subject Tutoring, GRE, 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.
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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 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.
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JEREMY MILLINGTON, Associate Tutor
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
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CAROLINE BAKER, Associate Tutor
Test Preparation, Subject Tutoring, College Essay Coaching
Caroline was born and raised in Portland and recently graduated summa cum Laude from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in English. During her undergraduate studies, Caroline worked as a writing tutor for English and composition courses and as a peer advisor for the Office of Academic Advising helping students chart their path to graduation. A writer herself, Caroline’s plays have been produced in festivals, and her poetry and short fiction have been recognized at international conferences and published in literary journals. A favorite recent project is Sonder, an immersive dance theatre production, the first of its kind to be staged in Boulder, CO. She is currently editing her first novel.
When she’s not reading, writing, or tutoring, Caroline is likely to be found running, hanging out with her cats, or busting a move, which she does not do necessarily well, but makes up for in enthusiasm.
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MARINA SHULYAKOVA, Academic Specialist
SAT/ACT Math 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.
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NANETTE THRUSH, Academic Specialist
SAT/ACT Verbal Test Prep, College Essay 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 is a lifetime Mensa member who 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.
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KATIE HEFNER, Academic Specialist
Biology and Chemistry Subject Tutoring
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Katie has enjoyed living in the northwest for almost five years. She graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Natural Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Environmental Science. Katie first tutored at Cedar Valley College, where she was named head biology tutor after inviting fellow students in classes and labs to study groups. At Dallas Baptist, Katie started an on-campus organization to educate fellow students about environmental concerns, which included taking a group to the White House for a conference on engaging the faith community in environmental issues.
Having worked as an independent biology and chemistry tutor for years, Katie is excited to join a team of experienced educators – and guide more students to breakthroughs in the sciences!
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SHANNON SONN, Academic Specialist
Spanish Subject 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.
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