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Dr. Katharine Sprecher

Dr. Katharine Sprecher earned her Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis in Cultural Studies, and a California Teaching Credential specializing in cultural and linguistic diversity. Dr. Sprecher has spent most of her professional career as a university instructor for teachers and school administrators, a teacher and tutor in K-12+ classrooms, and an educational researcher and published academic author. Her greatest loves are inspiring and mentoring students of all ages and writing in a variety of genres; her latest works-in-progress include poetry, performance text, and a children's book.

Sarah Bobson

Sarah Bobson holds an M.A. degree in Psycholinguistics from Columbia University. She has been teaching various English language and writing classes at Oregon Episcopal School in Beaverton. She has taught creative writing workshops through the department of homeschooling for the Palo Alto School District as well as the continuing education departments at colleges in California, Oregon, and Washington State. Ms. Bobson has also worked as a journalist, and has written more than 200 newspaper articles. In addition, she has published monographs through the U.S. Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Daniel Yu

Daniel Yu has a Master Degree in Financial Economics. He has over ten years experience working with students from high school to college level. Daniel serves as a lecturer in Harbin Engineering University, presenting lectures for Calculus and College English Writing. During his appointment in college, he also worked in New Oriental School, assisting students with multiple subjects in SAT, ACT, as well as AP Calculus and Economics.

Vilhelm (Will) Nesterovich

Mr. Nesterovich have recently earned his Bachelors of Science in Biological Life Sciences with a concentration in pharmacology and chemistry from Oregon State University, where he also committed time to tutor peers in small focus groups for exam prep, and served as a TA in Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology. Passionate about education and the process of learning, He is currently collecting clinical hours with the American Red Cross, where he work with high school students setting up blood drives. He is applying for the Physician Assistant program at Oregon Health & Science University.

David Hugel

David was a Presidential Scholarship recipient in 2015 for his outstanding performance in high school. He graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from University of Oregon in 2019. During his college years, he served as a research assistant working on microbial evolution and ecology. He was an editor, actor, and producer for Duck TV between 2016-2018, and was an assistant news director for KWVA Eugene Radio. He is an experienced tutor. Last year he taught various subjects to high school students in Japan and facilitated a 400-level college Journalism course. The most amazing part, he is fluent in conversational Mandarin Chinese!

Jennifer Rose

Jennifer is a professional writer with more than 20 years' experience in education. Her publishing credits include language arts, social studies, and science elementary textbooks, and she has expert knowledge of the standards by which students are tested. She has classroom experience teaching creative writing, college preparatory writing, and ELL. She received her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

Colleen Xu

Colleen holds double majors in Chemistry and Biology from Northwestern University. She is currently a graduate student in OHSU studying Bioinformatics.  She has been tutoring various subjects incluse SAT Reading/Writing, SAT Math, Science Reading, AP/SAT Chemistry, AP/SAT Biology for the past 3 years. 

Li Xu

Ms. Xu obtained Master of Art degree in Chinese Language and Philology from Sichuan University. Before came to U.S she worked as an editor for modern Chinese dictionary, Chinese idiom dictionary, dictionary of literal knowledge( for junior school students), pocket dictionary of oral Chinese, etc. 

She graduated from George Fox University with a Master of Art degree in Teaching in 2019. She has teaching licenses in Oregon and Utah states for K-8 grades English, Math, Science subjects.   She is an experienced enthusiastic teacher who loves teaching and believes all children can be successful learners.

Jing Liu

Jing holds a dual Masters degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University . She has been teaching Electronics and programming classes at Clark College for six years.  Jing has also worked as an engineer with Intel for seven years before her teaching career.
 

Susan Bernhardt

Susan has always been active in language-learning from her native English to foreign languages. She opted for Latin in middle school and continued with Latin through twelfth grade in high school. With regional Latin competitions, Susan found her affinity for Greek and Latin word origins, teaching herself all the Greek roots as there were no classes offered in Greek roots at the school. She won first place on the Greek Derivatives test at regional Latin forum-competition in ninth grade, having learned most of the Greek material only the night before. Throughout high school, she continued to enroll in Latin through level 5AP, continued winning on the Greek Derivatives test at Latin forum, and knew she would continue to study word origins and languages in college. She attended University of Georgia, majoring in linguistics, but also enrolling in language courses such as Italian and Japanese to which she brought her sense of etymology (study of word origins). She graduated in 2011 with bachelor’s of arts in linguistics. She moved to Oregon from Florida in 2017, and now she studies computer science at the post-baccalaureate university level.

Andrew Harwell

My name is Andrew and I've been tutoring math, biology, and chemistry for over five years. I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas and have had experience working in many different fields of biology. I am currently working as an ophthalmic technician at the Legacy Devers Eye Institute to get medical experience before applying to PA school. 

I am very much into the outdoors and like to get out to the ocean every chance I get to go freediving. The fact that life exists at all is pretty miraculous and I do my best to get that across while teaching.  I really enjoy helping students find their own curiosity about the sciences and I reference many real-life examples as I can to make things interesting.

Rachel Liu-May

Rachel graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and Magna Cum Laude award. She previously lived in Taiwan where she taught an after-school tutoring program that worked specifically with students attending international schools in Taipei. She led one-on-one and small group lessons to students ranging from grades 4-12 in a variety of subjects - including mathematics, general science, chemistry and English. When she's not tutoring, you can find Rachel either teaching group fitness classes or preparing for graduate school to pursue a master's degree in architecture. 

Jessica Fonvergne

Jessica Fonvergne has an MFA in Fiction Writing from Portland State University, where she also earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in Classical Studies and a Master's in Education with a focus on teaching English Language Arts. She has previously taught writing workshops for first graders, seventh graders, and college students. She currently works as a teaching assistant at Portland State University for several Art History courses where she helps college students develop their analytical writing and research skills. She also works as a freelance writer, creating guides on contemporary and modern novels for online consumption. She loves teaching her students about the craft and technique of writing so they can develop strong, confident voices as they transition into young adults. She is a passionate reader and aspires to create avid readers out of her students in the hopes that they can experience the freedoms and joys of lifelong literacy. 

Dr. Kathryn Syssoyeva

A compassionate, engaged, and experienced educator, Dr. Kathryn Syssoyeva has led one-to-one and small group classes with over 500 students, grades 4-12, and has over 15 years’ experience teaching ESL and EFL to adults and children, in the US, France, and Russia. She holds a joint-PhD from Stanford University, in Theatre and Interdisciplinary Humanities, with a minor in Slavic Studies. She is a published scholar and a recipient of Fulbright and Mellon Foundation fellowships, and, in addition to tutoring, has taught for over 20 years at the college and university level, at Stanford, Yale School of Drama, Florida State University, Dixie State, Colby College, and Bowdoin College. Dr. Syssoyeva served as Program Director for Ivy Tutors (Palo Alto, CA) and as Program Manager and Educational Consultant for the elite Palo Alto tutoring firm, Stutors, working closely with families, and overseeing course creation, test-prep development, marketing and sales, and tutor recruitment and supervision. Specializations include: Reading Comprehension, Literary Analysis, Composition, Grammar, History, Study Skills and Time Management; Test Preparation: SAT and ACT (CR and W), AP and SAT Subject Tests (US and World History, and English Literature, Language and Composition), ISEE/SSAT/HSPT and TOEFL. She is especially interested in atypical learners: gifted students, students with attention or reading difficulties, and bilingual and second language learners. As a College Application counselor, she helps parents navigate the complexities of college admissions, and support students in organizing their process, and staying on track.  And she provides expert, ethical college essay support, helping each student to find her own voice and to tell a unique story. Dr. Syssoyeva has supported students in gaining admission to MIT, UCLA, Berkley, U. Penn, Stanford, Harvard and other fine schools – as well as such excellent fine arts programs as Carnegie Mellon and the Rhode Island School of Design.

And when she’s not teaching – Kathryn directs and writes for the theatre.

Darren Clemenhagen

Darren Clemenhagen, a passionate History & English teacher, possesses a depth of knowledge from over 30 years of high school teaching experience. Mr. Clemenhagen - “Clem” to many who know him - inspires students to use the examples of history to inform their decisions about events today. He holds himself and his students to a high level of accuracy in an effort to fight ignorance with truth and awareness.

Mr.Clemenhagen holds endorsements and has extensive teaching experience in four Advanced Placement (AP) subject areas: AP US & World History, AP American Government, & AP Human Geography. He is dual endorsed to teach English & Language Arts: this allows Mr. Clemenhagen to effectively incorporate reading & writing instruction across any curriculum.

Darren Clemenhagen competed throughout his life as an athlete, earned a college scholarship to help pay for his education, and has coached varsity level basketball & football for over two decades. His passion for music, sports, and history often get combined in his classes! 

Colby Brown

Colby is a Ph.D student in mathematics at the University of California, Davis. He graduated from The University of Arizona in 2019 magna cum laude with a degree in math and physics. Colby has a wide range of tutoring experience at the high school and college level, including private tutoring for AP level courses and teaching college math. As an undergraduate and high school student, Colby competed in a variety of academic competitions, including Texas UIL computer science and physics and ACM collegiate programming competitions, where he regularly placed. He is excited to work with the next class of students eager to compete in these exciting competitions and share his experience with them.

Dr. George Matei

George Matei holds a PhD degree in Physics from Wayne State University. He has taught College Physics, High School Physics, and Middle School Math. He enjoys teaching very much and always offers well-prepared and organized classes giving useful indicators (outline, objectives, reviews) and integrating course elements (lectures, readings, and problems) in a fun and interesting way. He understands that teaching is a “two way street” and takes a keen interest in his students achievements. He has a strong desire to improve his students critical thinking and conceptual understanding rather than expose them to a “dry ” set of formulae to be learned by rote. Using a Socratic approach, he nurtures a family atmosphere in his class, where students feel good asking questions while exploring the mysteries of our Universe.