Who Are We?
Our instructors come from a broad range of educational backgrounds and experiences. From Biology majors to retired elementary school teachers, we have a diverse group that allows for collaboration and growth for students as well as instructors. We are always eager to meet new instructors, so if you have experience working with students in an educational environment and feel you would be a good fit for our staff, please feel free to contact us!
Feel free to browse through the bios of our tutors to learn a little bit more about us!
Mary Ann: Owner and Nursing Tutor
Mary Ann is a nurse and EMT, along with just about everything else! She enjoys assisting students who are seeking a career in healthcare. In her spare time, Mary Ann enjoys spending time with her family.
Rose: Math Tutor and Science Tutor
Rose graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and an emphasis in Secondary Education. She loves teaching math, especially trigonometry and calculus, and enjoys helping students prepare for the AP Calculus exam. In her spare time, Rose likes to spend time with her cats, make costumes, play tabletop role-playing games, and work in her garden.
Damian: Math and Science Tutor
Damian has a Masters in Education and a Biology degree from the University of Oregon. He loves backpacking in Oregon and across the world. He also spends time doing historical reenactment and fusion dance and often attends medieval events and workshops.
Laura: Spanish Tutor
Laura graduated with honors from the Military Nueva Granada University in Bogota, Colombia. She also holds an associate's degree in Liberal Studies from the College of Marin and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Studies at the University of Oregon. In addition to full fluency in English and Spanish, Laura also speaks basic Italian and Portuguese. She has experience working with students at all age levels from a variety of backgrounds and helping them achieve their goals, whether it is learning Spanish for enrichment, travel, or in an academic setting.
Nozomi: Japanese Tutor
Nozomi is originally from Japan. She is married to a wonderful husband of over 17 years and enjoys meeting new students. Nozomi loves sharing her culture and Japanese with everyone!
Mike: Math and Physics Tutor
Mike earned an undergraduate degree in meteorology and minored in math. He enjoys playing sports and doing theater.
Nannette: Reading and Writing Tutor
Nannette has a Master’s degree in Literature from California State University Sacramento with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and holds writing composition teaching certificate. Nannette has also tutored all ages and all levels of language arts, including phonics and writing, for over 12 years. She has also been a substitute teacher in both California and Oregon and has been teaching college courses since 2007. Nannette's hobbies include creative writing, playing guitar, and tennis.
Christopher: Spanish Tutor
Christopher graduated from the UO in 2012 with a Master's Degree in Spanish and has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Pacific University. He enjoys teaching Spanish language and literature, especially conversational Spanish and poetry. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys hiking, reading, going on walks, vegetarian cooking, playing the piano, singing in different languages and going to the coast.
Jennifer: Math, Science, and Language Arts Tutor
Jennifer has a Bachelor's Degree in Education Foundations and an Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of Oregon. She is a licensed K-12 teacher in Oregon and specializes in English Language Development (ELD). Jennifer lives in Springfield with her family. She enjoys rock hunting, photography, cats, and creating yummy food.
Andi: ESL, Math, Reading, Writing, and Language Arts Tutor
Andi is a natural-born enthusiast eager to make a difference in the lives of people from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and those with special needs. With a Master’s honors education in business, health care, and linguistics, she enjoys exploring new languages and cultures, writing poetry and children’s stories, singing, and challenging the horizon. Her mantra is, “You can do the impossible with practice, hard work, and imagination.”
Cynthia: Reading, Writing, Math, Spanish, and French Tutor
Cynthia graduated from San Diego State University with highest honors, with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Biology. She also studied French. She did her graduate studies at Portland State University in elementary education with a specialty in English Language Development. She has taught students in grades K – 6 and teens and college students from other countries studying English in the U.S. She has also worked as a translator and an interpreter. Cynthia enjoys reading, nature, and spending time with her family including two fabulous cats.
Gretchen: Math and Science Tutor
Austin: Office Assistant
Austin is currently a student at Oregon State University studying Geology and Spanish. She went to a Spanish immersion school and obtained the Oregon State seal of bi-literacy. In her free time she enjoys reading, going to trivia, and cooking.
Emma: Office Coordinator
Emma is currently a senior at the University of Oregon, and is working hard to achieving her B.S. in Cultural and Biological Anthropology. She moved here from Bend to attend college, and loves reading, traveling, hiking and cooking.
Professor Charles Xavier: General Miscreant and Mascot
Professor Charles Xavier, despite his title, did not graduate from anywhere. He chiefly tutors students in giving him cat treats. When he is not at work with his mom, the Professor likes bothering his older sister, playing with his favorite mouse (the pink one), and tipping over his water dish because it amuses him.