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!
Director & Tutor
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Lexie Moss graduated from Sandy High School in 2015. She has a passion for scuba diving, marine biology and gardening. Lexie works as our receptionist and has been a welcomed addition to our ILC family.
Lexie also works part time at the Massage Center of Sandy as a massage therapist. Having been a lifelong Sandy resident, Lexie appreciates the sense of community that Sandy encompasses. Lexie plans to attend Mt. Hood Community College in the fall and start working towards a teaching degree. Lexie will be taking on double duty over the summer and helping with our summer programs as a tutor in training.
Receptionist / Support Staff
Susanna recently moved to Sandy from Germany, her family’s home for the past eight
years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in June 2017 from the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro, focusing on classical piano performance and French. Apart from
music, Susanna is fascinated by the study of languages and is literate in French,
German, and Latin. Susanna has studied with teachers from Japan, France, England,
Germany, and the Ukraine, so it is no wonder she has a keen interest in exploring other
cultures. She has worked as a French tutor to college students and taught private piano
lessons to a studio of over 40 students, so she is more than happy to be working at
Impact Learning Center, where a love of learning is so highly valued.
Whitney comes to us from us the desert of Southern California with a rich background in childcare and a passion for academia. She graduated high school in 2009 and moved to Washington. She earned her Associate of Arts from Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. She continues her studies at Washington State University – Vancouver, where she currently works toward a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and teaching credentials. She plans to graduate in 2020 with a Master’s in Teaching and begin her career as an elementary-school teacher. Whitney’s career in childcare & education began with her first job as a daycare assistant in California and continued with 2 years at the YMCA’s after-school programs, 400+ hours classroom experience. She had a short-term tutoring position with 4th-6th graders. Whitney also has experience as a Reading Intervention Support Teacher working with 2nd-graders and Kindergarten students. She currently lives with her boyfriend, dog, and two cats in Sandy. She enjoys hiking and making art. She is passionate about early literacy but enjoys working with students of all ages.