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 college students working towards becoming teachers. Other 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 with us for 10 years.
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.
Matt has been with us for 3 1/2 years.
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 has been with us for 3 years.
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.
LoisAnn has been with us for 6 years.
LoisAnn is a retired elementary school teacher, local artist, avid gardener, parent and grandparent.
Alisha is currently a teacher in the Camas School District in Washington where she has been a special education teacher and primary teacher for the last 11 years. She has a degree from City University of Seattle in Special Education and Elementary Education. Alisha became Nationally Board Certified in 2014. Alisha is an avid reader and loves to share her love of reading with new and young readers. She lives in Sandy with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 30 chickens. She loves to bake, paint, and go on hikes with her family and dogs.
Hailey graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Mathematics in 2019. She plans to become a high school math teacher in the future. She is very passionate about education and wants to see every student succeed. Hailey also has experience as a teaching assistant at her university. She has lived in Gresham since 2009, other than her time in Eugene for college. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and has been involved with Girl Scouts a lot over the years. She is very excited about helping kids understand math and hopefully learn to enjoy it along the way.
Fiona moved to Sandy two years ago with her husband and pit-lab mix. She grew up in Seattle, WA, where she spent time sailing, hiking, and exploring the woods surrounding her family’s cabin. Her biggest passion has always been creating art, and she grew up learning to draw, paint and sculpt. In 2011, Fiona earned a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Photography from Western Washington University. She has taught as a Visual Arts Instructor in elementary schools for numerous years, and has experience as an all-ages painting instructor. She loves working with children, and teaching them new things with a creative spin. Fiona runs a handcrafted business, Localmotive Jewelry, from her home-studio in Sandy.
Whitney comes to us from Southern California with a rich background in childcare and a passion for education. She graduated from La Quinta High School in 2009, started her first job at a daycare, and began taking classes at College of the Desert. She moved to Washington state in 2012 and earned her AA from Skagit Valley College in 2015 while continuing her work with children at the YMCA. In May of 2020, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology through Washington State University. She plans to continue her education and get certified to teach elementary. With 400+ hours of classroom experience observing and assisting in 1st & 2nd grade classrooms; volunteering at a homework club for migrant students; and time spent as a 2nd grade reading coach; she specializes in reading, writing, and early math. Outside of work, Whitney loves exploring the Northwest, hiking, camping, drawing, painting, reading, and animals.
Molly is local to Sandy having grown up on Mt. Hood. She has been working throughout grades K-12 in the Oregon Trail School district for the past 7 years working with students in a variety of subjects along with running the College and Career Center at the high school. She has a passion for working with children, inspiring them to learn and achieve academic excellence, whatever that might look like to each individual student. She has a bachelors degree from Oregon State University majoring in Interior Design, with a specialty in Kitchen Design. She worked in the design industry for 12 years before discovering her love of education. Molly is an outgoing, positive person with a great sense of humor. She lives in Sandy with her boyfriend and their two pups Stella and Theo. She enjoys reading, watching crime shows, cooking, walking her pups, enjoying the outdoors and laughing with friends.
Jeannie Sovince retired from Colton Elementary in 2014. She spent most of her twenty-five years there teaching third grade. After retiring, she was hired as a mentor to Colton’s first year teachers. Lately, she has been enjoying retirement by riding her horse, being in two book clubs, and spending time gardening. She and her husband live in Eagle Creek and have been married for forty years. They have three children and two grandchildren.
She has two claims to fame. She recently hiked the Grand Canyon down to the floor and back! She also rode her horse the entire Metolius Windigo Trail (160 miles) in Central Oregon.
Jeannie is passionate about helping children succeed in school. She loves seeing their eyes light up when connections are made. She strives to help students feel comfortable to make a mistake and to ask questions when something doesn’t make sense. Jeannie brings a wealth of experience and many “tricks up her sleeve” for enhancing a student’s understanding and boosting their self esteem.