Meet Our PDX Tutors
Looking for a professional educator with years of teaching experience? Or maybe just a student tutor to help out with homework?
Whatever your needs may be, we have a tutor who can help.
Math, Physics, Engineering, College Admissions & Test Prep (All Grade Levels)
Eric comes from a family of educators, but didn’t actually think he would become one. His great-grandfather was a high school principal, and his grandmother, mother, and sister each became elementary school teachers. “I was pretty determined to go a different direction, but growing up around educators gave me a real appreciation for learning.” A couple years into his BS in Environmental Engineering, Eric started tutoring part-time for other college students. “Right away I loved the sense of collaborative learning.” The experience laid the groundwork for what would ultimately become Emergent Education.
Eric graduated in 2016, bounced between jobs and cities and ultimately landed in Portland in 2018. He kept tutoring on the side, driving straight from his consulting job in Vancouver, WA to meet with students all around Portland. “I started going into the office early just so I could leave early and have more time with students. Eventually I stopped fighting the idea that I love to teach.”
Eric founded Emergent Education in 2020 as a small group of dedicated tutors who bring personalization, connection, and a growth mindset approach to their work with students. “Whatever your struggles may be, we are determined to help you find your own path forward.”
- 9 years of teaching experience, including math, physics, and engineering with students in elementary school through college
- BS with Honors in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University (2016)
- Level 1 Certified Tutor through the College Reading & Learning Association (2014)
Math, Chemistry, Biology, Test Prep (All Grade Levels)
Lucy started tutoring math in high school and enjoyed it so much that she kept it up through her undergraduate studies. As a college student, she worked as a tutor and grader for the Math and Chemistry departments, participated in a mentorship program for middle school girls in STEM subjects, and organized workshops designed to create networks of peer support and community within the Math Department. “Connection and community are incredible resources! It’s important to remember that academic success is about more than just academics.”
At the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, Lucy was assistant editor of a series of books relating to K-12 math education. Putting her experiences into the editing process helped to clarify her goals as an educator. “For me, the most important outcome of any tutoring experience is the improved confidence of the student.”
Outside of math and science, Lucy was the TA for a mythology class and won essay prizes through the English and Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies departments. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Lucy moved to Northern California during middle school. After graduating from Mills College with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Mathematics, she made the move back to her home town where she continues to work as a dedicated educator.
- 5 years of teaching experience, including Math and Chemistry with students in middle school through college
- BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Mathematics (2020)
English, ESL, Humanities, College Admissions & Test Prep (Grades 9-12+)
Ana knew she wanted to teach from the moment she started kindergarten at Catlin Gabel. She went on to earn her BA in Writing in 3 years at Johns Hopkins University, followed by her MFA at Pacific University. “I absorbed not only the material, but the ways in which my teachers taught. I gained new appreciation for learning itself as a means to constantly improve myself.” As a college sttudent, Ana traveled abroad to teach English in Morocco, conduct anthropological field work in Nepal and study Buddhist history and philosophy in India. “Travel is it’s own kind of education. It enriched me with learning in a way that school could not.”
Since returning to Portland, Ana has dedicated herself to teaching. She guides high schoolers through the college essay, prepares them for the SAT, and helps them and middle schoolers master the art of essay-writing. “Whenever helping a student, I seek personalized strategies that empower them to overcome challenges and realize their goals, focusing on continued growth beyond external markers of success.”
In addition to supporting high school and middle school students, Ana leads writing workshops for the broader Portland community. As a teacher and board member at the People’s Colloquium, she makes writing more accessible to students through free, connection-based classes. “As with my college essay students, I focus on building authentic relationships and offering actionable feedback to capture each writer’s unique voice.”
- 4 years of teaching experience, including the college essay, SAT and ACT English, ESL English, essay-writing, and creative writing classes and workshops
- MFA in Writing from Pacific University (2019)
- CELTA certificate in English language teaching from Cambridge English. (2017)
- BA with Honors in Writing from Johns Hopkins University (2015)
English, Creative Writing, Public Speaking College Admissions (Grades 7-12+)
Since then Ann earned an MA and MFA, taught creative writing and English at Linfield College, and coordinated writing retreats for adults and high school students. She is a writer in her own right: her manuscript, Isn’t Forty Kind of Old for That?, explores the challenges of coming late to motherhood.
After her oldest son went through the college application process, Ann began mentoring other high school students through the process. She knows how daunting it can be, especially the challenge of writing a compelling application essay. “Sometimes when there is a lot riding on what we write, it’s easy to freeze up, but if we can find a story we want to tell, our voice comes alive. It is such a pleasure to help students find their story and get the passion on the page.” She looks forward to working with you to help you find your voice and create your best work, whether it’s a college application essay or a literary analysis. She’ll even help you have fun doing it!
- 11 years teaching American literature and creative writing at the college level (Linfield College, Portland Community College, Florida State University)
- 2 years mentoring high school juniors and seniors through the college admission process
- Extensive public speaking experience (classroom presentations, keynote speeches, panel discussions, press conferences, Congressional testimony)
- BA in History (Carleton College), MA in English (Florida State University), MFA in Creative Writing (Rainier Writing Workshop)
World Languages, English, ESL & Humanities (All Grade Levels)
Alissa is passionate about world cultures, languages, teaching and learning. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but fell in love with Oregon during her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon. After earning her BA in Spanish and International Studies, she had the life-changing opportunity to study abroad in Chile. She went on to teach English to high school students in Spain before moving to Germany to earn her MA in American and Latin American Studies. “I fell in love with another language. At the same time, those three years in Germany put my own culture under the microscope.”
As both a teacher and a lifelong-learner, Alissa uniquely understands how to implement the most effective learning methods for each individual student. She uses a cross-cultural approach to language learning, bringing her intercultural experience to the table, along with personalized lesson plans catered to students’ needs and interests. “I’m so looking forward to working with you!”
- 6 years of international teaching experience, including World Languages, English and ESL
- MA in American and Latin American Studies from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (2018)
- BA in Spanish and International Studies from University of Oregon (2014)
- Currently enrolled in PSU’s GTEP program to become a certified Spanish teacher.
Student Tutor; Math, Science, English (Grades K-8)
Her first experiences tutoring were for her sibling. “I love to be helpful when they are having a hard time understanding a concept. It’s so rewarding to see someone learning.” Through this experience she has realized that is it essential to understand a person’s learning style to teach most effectively, in a way that will stick with them. “I know everyone learns differently, and I do my best to present ideas and ask questions in a way they will understand. If what they are doing in class is not working for them, or they need to hear something put a different way, I can give a new perspective.”
What's in a name?
Personalized. Connected. Emergent.