Aaron currently tutors Math and for the GED at Portland Community College and New Avenues for Youth. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from The University of Puget Sound and his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Portland State University. He later went on to pursue his Master of Science in Mathematics at Portland State, where he has worked as an adjunct professor in Mathematics and Physics. When he isn't teaching or tutoring, Aaron greatly enjoys wood working.
Brian is currently tutoring Language Arts with Holy Redeemer students. He was a Resident Playwright at The Flea Theater in New York City for the past two years. He earned his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas-Austin and is a former recipient of the Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama.
Brian’s full-length plays include: Poor Boys’ Chorus (Broadway Bound Theater Festival, NYC), Fragments (Dixon Place, NYC) and Lyla School (UTNT, Austin, TX). Brian was a finalist for the 2019 Nickelodeon Writing Program. He was commissioned by Orphic Theater Company to adapt Euripides’ Iphigenia Among the Taurians and his adaptation, Iphigenia 3.0, was featured in the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival.
In Portland, Brian has worked as a Teaching Artist for several arts education organizations including Writers in the Schools, The Red Door Project, Young Playwrights for Change and Playwrite Inc. He was also a volunteer coach with the Lincoln High School Mock Trial Team, which won the 2018 Oregon State Championship.
Cathleen earned a Masters in Teaching and a BA in English and French, both from USC. She holds a variety of certificates in alternative methods of education and often incorporate techniques from Waldorf teacher training and believe or not, her landscape architecture studies, as applicable.
Cathleen feels fortunate in that she brings her experience of over 9,000 classes taught online, and many more taught live, in several areas of studies - English, French, ESL, literature, writing, math, botany, and history. She has also coached students to prepare for challenging exams, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, and ISEE.
Beyond experience and education, she truly believes that learning with an objective, when attached to humor, is the key to positive retention of knowledge. Every student learns differently. That is what makes teaching so fascinating to her.
Cathleen won the Academy of American Poet Prizes at the University of Southern California as an undergrad and she won the Edith H. Henderson Prize for an essay on landscape architecture while attending UCLA’s graduate certificate program in landscape architecture. She was also the editor for the Paris Free Voice Book Review section and has had her poetry and reviews published internationally.
Cathleen has been tutoring and teaching over the past 25 years in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Cathleen is bilingual in French and earnestly trying to become communicative in Spanish.
Jen (6 weeks pregnant with son Joseph), husband, Jeremy and then 2 years old son, Nathaniel, moved to Bend, OR 15 years ago, where she has had a variety of teaching experiences. After assuming the role of an ELL teacher midyear at Bear Creek Elementary, Jen was later hired to fill a Kindergarten position in the Dual Immersion program. She moved up to 3rd grade where she stayed another five years. Needing a reset, Jen took a leave of absence from the district and subsequently resigned, to start a small cooking business. Currently on the backburner (thanks to COVID), Jen feels fortunate to have found Catalyst. She is rediscovering her love of teaching and the gratifying work of supporting children in their education. She believes that the cornerstone of a positive learning experience is a relationship built upon trust, compassion and the shared belief that everyone wants to do their best.
Elementary educator: currently an English Language Specialist in North Clackamas School District. She received her BA in Early Childhood Education at Ohio University and her MA at Portland State University in Curriculum and Instruction, with a certificate in English Language Development. She is enthusiastic and inclusive towards all students and enjoys sharing her passion for learning with others. She will be supporting students with ELPA prep and continued growth in ELA and Math.
She is considerably obsessed with her french bulldog, Franny and most outdoor activities. She spends her free time on the mountain snowboarding, getting lost on hiking trails, paddling rivers, camping in the woods, in the kitchen, listening to music, researching new travel destinations, doing yoga and officiating weddings.
A quote she lives by, “Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they come the best they can possibly be.” - Rita Pierson
Currently, he lives in upstate New York where he is pursuing a graduate degree in music. Fortunately, he is able to continue tutoring remotely for Catalyst and he currently works with students in the McKinney-Vento program. A firm believer that math can inspire creativity and develop invaluable critical thinking skills, he hopes to help students develop a confident and positive mindset when approaching math. When not tutoring, Sheridan enjoys bicycling, music, and stir-frying fresh vegetables.
Anthony loves teaching and tutoring students in math, english and language arts, as well as health and psychology. After graduating from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Anthony went on to obtain his Education Specialist degree in School Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Over the past decade, Anthony has devoted his time to helping students of all ages and with various learning needs to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. Anthony has worked in various educational roles including a teaching assistant at Helping Hand School for Children with Autism, an education specialist for The Chicago Home Tutor, and a teacher/mentor for Fusion Academy.
Anthony believes that students learn best when they are encouraged and provided a safe space to learn. Anthony finds that working with students in a one-to-one setting allows for more individualized and effective instruction where the individual student’s personal strengths and needs, as well as their unique learning profile all play a crucial role in his approach and instructional planning. Anthony's focus has been on cultivating positive, authentic relationships with students, where they feel seen and and heard, all while challenging them to learn and grow beyond their real or perceived limitations.
Cody began tutoring his senior year of high school, helping students after school, while completing his IB Diploma. After graduating from Reed College in 2009 with a degree in Physics, he decided to pursue tutoring professionally with a focus on Math, while pursuing music on the side.
He has worked as a Math tutor at private tutoring companies for 6 years, following a passion to make math interesting, engaging, and easy to understand for students of all grade levels. Over the years, he has helped elementary and middle school students develop strong study habits, and has helped high school students master the skills they need to improve their grades and test scores. His goal is to simplify tough concepts, and teach students how to work independently and think critically.
EleanorEleanor(Ellie) was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She moved to the USA in 1990, after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Lancaster University. She has over 20 years of experience working with children in a wide variety of roles; this includes working with children who have experienced extreme trauma. In 2019, she earned her Master of Teaching from Lewis and Clark and holds a current teaching license for the state of Oregon. She lives with her two teen sons and a wonderful rescue dog, named Mackenzie. Ellie is passionate about helping each child reach their potential through relationship building and a growth mindset.
Irina began her career in education as a teacher immediately after receiving her Bachelor of Arts-BA, English Language and British Literature in 2004. After working as a classroom teacher for four years, Irina immigrated to the US and obtained a Master of Arts – MA (dual degree) in English: double TESOL from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has also completed her TESOL certificate at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her double major in TESOL opened the door to many teaching opportunities at the university, college, middle and high school levels. Irina spent the summer of 2017 teaching English in foreign language schools in China. She was stationed in the Zhejiang Province (2016: Yongkang) where she taught EFL middle and high school multilingual students and mentored other teaching associates in China. Her international experience prepared her well, so she started to work as a part-time associate of International summer camp school at California State University, Fullerton where she taught multilingual and multi-dialect high school students English pronunciation and introduction to American culture.
In Irina’s recent position as a Community College Instructor at International English Language School at Citrus College, she taught intermediate to advanced courses in all skill areas (grammar, reading, listening, and speaking). Irina loves sharing, exchanging ideas with students as well as relate to people in different cultures and with different traditions than her own. She believes that where the challenges occur, the opportunity of learning comes about. Irina enjoys cooking, reading, participating in an international conference and spending time with her family.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, Justina received a B.A. in English from the University of New Mexico and earned her M.A. in Writing with an emphasis in book publishing from Portland State University. She has tutored students at New Mexico Community College as well as having a short stint as a preschool teacher. Justina loves to talk writing with students; it is exciting to help students find their voices or shape a piece of writing. Justina is a writer and has been published in several regional magazines. She is currently working on a hard-boiled detective novel set in Portland.
KyleKyle received both her undergraduate and Masters of Education degree from the University of Portland, and for 10 years, was on the teaching staff at a small Catholic School in Portland, OR where she taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Kyle took a break from teaching for a bit to stay at home with her two children, but is excited to be back in the classroom teaching her favorite subject as a Title 1 math specialist. In her free time, Kyle enjoys spending time cooking, hiking and traveling with her husband and two children.