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Meet the staff of Tutor Portland.

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Eric Earle

B.A. in Liberal Studies, Minor in Psychology — Portland State University 

Director of Youth Development | Tutor Portland / Mentor Portland LLC

Eric Earle was recently selected as one of the best tutors in the Pacific Northwest by University Tutor. He now represents them as their local ambassador for the greater Portland area. Eric has been tutoring and mentoring students in Portland for 3+ years.

Eric tutors students in the Liberal Arts, Writing, and Spanish. He has helped several clients grow and develop into confident and outgoing communicators. Students have reported feeling better about themselves, their lives, and their futures. Administrators and teachers have commented positively about students’ increase in self-confidence, academic achievement, and school engagement. Eric teaches his clients how to make plans and set goals, get accepted to their dream college, and find meaningful work. And he teaches Spanish, too.

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Austin Cheadle

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Physics — Portland State University, Expected 2018

Austin Cheadle has been tutoring since 2011. He’s currently a student at Portland State majoring in mechanical engineering, minoring in physics. He specializes in both math and science although he is comfortable in all subjects. He also has 4 years of coaching experience at the middle school and high school levels.

Austin’s speciality is tutoring middle and high school students in math and science. He’s been doing this for a long time. In high school he tutored his friends. When he graduated and started coaching middle and high school football, families began asking them to tutor their children in physics, too. So he started working privately with a number of students. He honed his skill. 

Eric met Austin in a business class at PSU. Guess what project they worked on? A company called: Mentor Portland LLC.

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Kelsea Pinkston

B.A.’s in Spanish (expected) Portland State University

Kelsea has been tutoring since 2013. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Applied Linguistics and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Portland State University. Teaching English and Spanish and exposing students to other cultures is a passion of hers. She loves travelling and learning about other cultures. She has visited 8 countries so far including Mexico, Costa Rica and Spain. This is her last year at PSU and she is excited to apply all of her language teaching skills with students. Kelsea is a member of the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society and has received the Hulda DeVaugn Scholarship twice for her pursuit in Spanish at PSU.

Kelsea has a lot of experience working with high school students through private tutoring, as an AmeriCorps member at David Douglas High School, as a teacher’s assistant at Roosevelt High School, and as an AVID tutor for Portland Public Schools. Her specialties include homework help, grammar, vocabulary, setting and achieving goals, and general study skills. Kelsea is so excited to be a part of Mentor Portland and help students achieve their full potential.

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Morgan Heckman

B.A.’s in Spanish (with Professional Distinction) and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon

Morgan began mentoring and tutoring in high school where she attended the aspiring educators program. She taught reading lessons in a bilingual kindergarten classroom, attended teaching conferences, and served as a mentor for freshman students by helping them with homework and adjusting to high school.

At the University of Oregon, Morgan developed Spanish tutoring materials and volunteered in the Eugene community. She received a professional distinction in Spanish by completing three internships, including translating legal and scientific documents from English to Spanish for the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide. After college she gained experience teaching in after school programs, and tutored students in Spain where she was studying as a North American Language and Culture Assistant. When she arrived back in the United States she wanted to continue tutoring and share her passion for the Spanish language.