Our Staff at Impact Learning Center

Our staff is comprised of really amazing people. We recruit a wide range of professionals that offer insight, tools, creativity, and wonderful student relationships. Our tutors are CPR/First Aid licensed and background checked. Our crew is comprised of certified K-12 teachers, retired teachers, and some are college students working towards becoming teachers. Others staff members hold degrees in the subjects being tutored. We love our staff!

Evelyn Maclean

Evelyn MacLean is a long-time advocate of children and a licensed teacher in the State of Oregon. Evelyn has been working with children for 18 years. As a teacher who has worked in the public schools, she understands the need to tailor learning opportunities to best fit each child. She is an accomplished artist and crafts person. She has used many mediums both in her professional art, but also as an educator to reach children and encourage their expression and creativity. Evelyn has a BA in Psychology from Sacramento State, a Teaching certification from University of Maine, an ESL endorsement from Portland State University, and holds a Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.

Charlie Jones

Manager & Tutor
Charlie holds a Master’s in International Business Management and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. She has been a longtime resident of Sandy. Charlie has a talent for upper level math and a love of science. She has volunteered at OTA and ran their after school science program. Charlie has been tutoring students for ten years. She has been a part of Impact Learning for over seven years. She is actively involved with the Key Club at Sandy High School and a member of our local Kiwanis Club. Charlie runs the children’s choir through her church. Charlie has a straight forward approach to tutoring and expects her students to work equally as hard for her, as she does for them. She is one of the heartbeats that makes the center what it is and has been an integral part of our growth and success.

Lance Erickson

Lance has been involved with the Start Making a Reader Program since 2001. Lance holds a degree in law and has a Master’s in Education/Social Studies. He has been involved with tutoring students through the Urban League of Portland and worked with students in the Oregon’s School’s Activities Association. Lance has a love of history and reading. With a passion and zest for learning and inspiring children to learn, he encourages children to strive for excellence in their academics. Lance has been a part of Impact Learning for over three years.

Justin Newberry

Justin has been tutoring at Impact Learning Center since 2015. He is a Sandy High School graduate and former Sandy High Robotics Club president. He has a love for mathematics and helping others. He enjoys working with middle and high school students. Justin has a soft approach to working with struggling students. Our middle school and high school students alike, especially appreciate his relaxed approach to communicating math concepts. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, practicing guitar, and playing board games with his family. Justin is currently in college working towards a degree in math.

Taryn Ackleson

Taryn came to Impact in 2010 with a diverse background in education, recreation and journalism. She is a mother of two grade school aged children who have come to Impact for summer programs and pre-school. Taryn specializes in middle school and high school math and science. She currently studying biology with an emphasis on health and wellness at HMCC. She has a strong understanding of chemistry, biology and anatomy. Taryn is also a doula, helping women and families bring their babies into the world. Ultimately, Taryn will be working towards getting her RN. Taryn is an amazing artist and has a gentle way with kids. She also has a passion for teaching Spanish and helping students learn a second language.

Nicole Ybarra

Nicole is a graduate of Portland State University with a BS in History. She has a great love for most academic subjects, primarily focusing on reading, writing, and history. She truly hopes to instill this love in the children she tutors as well, believing that learning should always be an enjoyable and rewarding part of life. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with Ben, her husband of 8 years, and their Australian Shepherd Boléro. Currently she is working towards her Masters in Elementary Education. Nicole is a gentle spirit and kids adore working with. She is one of our pre-school teachers as well as a tutor. She recently completed coursework specifically geared towards teaching math to elementary students.

Cara Robinson

Cara Robinson moved to Boring 11 years ago after meeting her husband, who is a lifelong Boring-Sandy resident. They have a 7 year old son who attends Kelso Elementary School. As a family they spend much of their time outdoors hiking, fishing and hunting. They also have two German Shepherds, a cat, snakes, a cave salamander, a spider, a praying mantis and a monitor lizard – it’s a full house. Cara has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Portland State University. Although her focus of study was in chemistry she also has a background in physics, biology, and mathematics. Before her decision to obtain her BS in Biochemistry she was working towards a degree in early childhood development. Cara enjoys working with students of all ages. She understands that the key to success in all areas, not just science, is having a fluent understanding of the subject. A solid foundation you can build upon is the key to success in academics.

Matt Wilson

Matt is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in aeronautical engineering. He also has Associates degrees in computer and internet technologies. When he finished flying for the Navy he moved into the IT (computers and networking) field, and now runs his own IT service business, Brightstar Consulting, in Sandy. He has been “teaching” in one form or another since high school, whether it’s one on one teaching and training, professional training, or more formalized venues, in places ranging from Scouting (especially outdoors activities and backpacking), military, government, or private business. He obviously has a fascination with technology, including math and science, but also a deep interest in history and other things.

Josh Moffat


Josh is a lifelong resident of Sandy and graduated from Sandy High School in 2014 while being a member of school clubs like the Aquanauts and the National Honor Society. Josh then received a Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree from Mount Hood Community College in 2015. Josh loves working with students of all ages and especially loves helping them understand math concepts. Josh is currently back in college and working towards a teaching degree in history. Josh has a great sense of humor and has been with Impact Learning for the past year.

Tiffany Elmer


Tiffany and her family moved to Sandy in 2011. She received her Associates degree from Mt. Hood Community College and transferred to Warner Pacific College where she worked toward a degree in Health and Human Kinetics with the goal of being a high school PE/Health teacher. Since college Tiffany has realized her passion is with elementary aged children and hopes to continue her career with this age group. She loves spending time with her son Landon, her husband Melvin and their five dogs! In her spare time she enjoys running and any type of fitness activity. Tiffany is currently studying to get her group fitness and personal training certifications.

Brittany Carter

Brittany lives in Welches. Brittany is currently working towards her Masters in Math and another Masters in Math for Teachers. She has a passion for teaching and passing along her love for mathematics. Her Great Dane Izzie holds a special place in her heart. Brittany enjoys spending time outdoors and taking in all the benefits that living on the mountain has to offer. Brittany only works with high level math students.

Want to be a Tutor?

We are always looking for passionate, fun, and knowledgeable tutors to work at our center. Feel free to send us and email asking about any openings, or stop by with a resume.
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