Our Philosophy

At Paul the Tutor's Education Center, we are committed to helping students develop core cognitive skills such as problem solving and critical reasoning. Our approach is based on Paul's Logical Learning System™, a method that uses academics as a launching pad to teach students how to read, write, and reason better. We believe that better thinking leads to better grades and better test scores, and that the skills we teach will help students succeed in academics and beyond.


Paul Osborne

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Paul Osborne (Paul the Tutor) has been tutoring traditional and nontraditional learners for over 20 years. As a dyslexic learner himself, Paul developed an early interest in helping students who learn differently. He studied cognition at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the author of The LD SAT Study Guide, a manual specifically designed for students with learning disabilities. Paul is the creator of the Logical Learning System™ and MSL Math.

For more about Paul and his methodology, click here.


Our Tutors

Craig Anderson

Craig has tutored Physics, Math, and Chemistry to High School and College students for approximately 8 years. He has also served as the Physics instructor at the New College of California's Science Institute for 6 years. He has a BA double major from UC Berkeley in Physics and Applied Mathematics. He says, "I love teaching...there is nothing better than seeing someone's confidence grow as they find that learning previously difficult things is becoming easier and easier."


Subjects: Physics, Math, Chemistry

Craig Anderson

David Murphy

David Murphy

David joined Paul The Tutors at the beginning of 2018 as a math and science tutor. Prior to joining Paul The Tutors, David worked as a private tutor for 2 years while attending college. He is currently enrolled at CSU East Bay in his final year as an Economics major. His favorite part of teaching is seeing students take the study skills they've learned and apply them to new topics and subjects.


Subjects: Algebra 1 and 2 Trigonometry CalculusPre-Calculus HS Chem Physics Pre-Algebra SAT Math/English III and IVAP U.S. History Creative Writing

Eileen Stahl

Eileen has worked for Paul the Tutor's for three years in both teaching and administrative roles. As the Test Prep Coordinator, she oversees all test prep students and ensures their lessons cover the material they need with the proper accommodations for their learning styles. Eileen is also our Senior Curriculum Writer, having done more work than anyone else on staff writing and maintaining our test prep curriculum to keep it up to date. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has done significant work in writing, editing, and education. One of her favorite parts of teaching is getting to know students and coming up with personalized tutoring plans for their needs.


Subjects: ACT, SAT, high school entrance tests, English, history, reading, writing, math through 8th grade, social sciences, and general coursework management

Eileen Stahl

Vivek Narayan

Vivek Narayan

I'm currently an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, majoring in both Integrative Biology and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, and minoring in both Chemistry and Education. I have several years of tutoring experience at both the high school and college levels, and I love sharing my enthusiasm for science with others. I believe in the importance of understanding each student's individual needs and learning styles, and working with students on study habits and test-taking strategies that will help each student reach their full potential.


Subjects: Chemistry (HS and College) Organic Chemistry Calculus Algebra/Pre-Calculus Biology Physics Stats

Timothy Smith

A jack of many trades


Subjects: Math up to calculus Chemistry Physics

Timothy Smith

Michael Malione

Michael Malione

I majored in Chemistry and Physics at Harvard and received my master's degree in Electrical Engineering, with a focus in Applied Math, at Stanford. I have tutored on and off over a period of two decades, with several years of solid experience in that time. I am passionate about working with individuals to boost both proficiency and understanding.


Subjects: Math, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry

Chase Kamp

Chase is originally from Arizona and relocated to the Bay Area after college. Thus far, Chase has assisted students with organization and executive functioning development, English/Literature, History, ACT/SAT prep and some early high school math and sciences. He has also assisted the company with ACT and SAT Curriculum development in addition to a bit of administrative help. He received his BS in journalism at Arizona State University in 2010 and continues to work as a freelance writer. He has contributed to the Southeast Valley Ledger newspaper and The Phoenix New Times alternative weekly. He likes reading long articles on the Internet and short fiction in books.


Subjects: ACT English/Reading/Essay, SAT English/Reading/Essay, English, Composition, History

Chase Kamp

Spencer Doyle

Spencer Doyle

Spencer is a physics student and researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. He began tutoring early on in high school, and has continued ever since. His favorite part of tutoring is finally seeing that spark of fascination in his students who initially dreaded the subject. Spencer hopes to be a Physics professor one day, and wants to get as much teaching experience as he can in the meantime!


Subjects: Biology Physics Calculus Algebra Geometry Chemistry

Esteban Amezcua

Hi, my name is Esteban! I feel truly grateful anytime someone reaches out to me for academic help because it gives me an opportunity to navigate subjects together. I love to be able to offer people that little extra bit of happiness when helping them learn the toughest of material.


Subjects: I can tutor Math (Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calc AB & BC), Physics (General Physics, Calculus-Based Physics, Algebra-based physics), Chemistry (General Chemistry AP Chemistry), English.

Esteban Amezcua

Skyler Henry

Skyler Henry

Junior-level transfer student at UC Berkeley. Majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Biochemistry. Research assistant in the Marletta Lab at UC Berkeley.


Subjects: Chemistry (General and Organic) Biology Math - Up to Calculus II (incl. Geometry) Physics SAT ACT English - Reading and Writing French

Jay Varhula

I graduated from Oakland Tech for high school and I'm currently on a gap year after finishing two years at UCLA. Born and raised in Oakland, I try to tailor my tutoring style to suit the personality of each individual student (whether they benefit from more structure in their lessons, are more/less outgoing, etc.)


Subjects: English/Writing Math Biology Chemistry

Jay Varhula

Lois Peterson

Lois Peterson

I am a retired biology teacher who has taught all levels of AP Bio. I've also worked for the company that made the AP test, and have helped design the Biology SAT subject test.


Subjects: Biology

Sandra Soto-Grondona

I am a young-mature, nature lover, creative, and reliable single mother of a wonderful 11-year-old boy. I have 10+ years of experience caring, driving and tutoring school-aged children and toddlers. I have a genuine interest in working with children. I am loyal and committed. I drive kids from West and North schools. I also teach and tutor. I am an art in action docent at SM School District. I teach Engineering For Kids and Spanish to home-school children. I am bilingual and bi-cultural educated person.


Subjects: SpanishMathGeometry

Sandra Soto-Grondona

Paige Livingston

Paige Livingston

Paige is originally from Orange County, CA and recently moved to Davis to attend the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to moving to Davis, Paige received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Foreign Language Citation in Spanish from Harvard. She loves helping students with biology, math, Spanish and test prep. When not studying or tutoring, Paige enjoys playing volleyball, running, and baking.


Subjects: Biology, Algebra, Geometry, SAT/ACT prep, Spanish, Chemistry (though chem is not my favorite or strongest subject)

Keira Chinn

Originally from France, I moved to the US over a decade ago to study at UC Berkeley. I focused my studies in Romance Linguistics and Literatures, as well as bilingual education and issues. I have been actively teaching foreign languages for 15 years to people of all ages. Learning a new language can have its challenges, but I can help you whether it be with mastering the art conversing, reading, or writing in French or Spanish.


Subjects: French, Spanish

Keira Chinn

james korff

james korff

MIT-Civil Eng CAL-Berkeley- M.Arch Math Tutor-NDNU SUHSD-Substitute SJSU- Credential Program-Math


Subjects: algebra 1/2 pre-calculus geometry statistics calculus sat math act math

Jonathan Machorro

Jonathan Machorro is a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. He graduated from UC-Riverside in 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, and UCLA in 2012 with an M.S. in Civil Engineering. He has been working as an engineer for five years, ever since finishing school. On his off time he trains Muay Thai and Boxing, plays basketball, enjoys painting, and working on his trucks. Jonathan loves science and math, and as such really enjoy teaching it. Cheers!


Subjects: Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus, Chemistry, Environmental Studies,

Jonathan Machorro

Folami Morris

Folami Morris

I double majored in Physics and Biology with double minors in math. I love test prep and I really excel at helping students increase their scores--I have been doing it for years. On my spare time, I like to read and write novels. I have co-authored a book and I will talk endlessly about the latest YA novel.


Subjects: SAT Reading SAT Math ACT REading ACT Math ACT Science Algebra I Algebra II Chemistry Pre-Calculus Biology Physics

Mario Rodriguez

In high school I have tutored students ranging from k-8 on various math levels. Currently I am a fourth year Mechanical engineering student at the University of California, Davis and am knowledgeable of the material listed above. As a tutor and student I have learned that individuals vary in their learning style but with patience and student specific tutoring are qualities that a tutor should have.


Subjects: Algebra Algebra 2 GeometryPre-CalculusCalculusScratchGimpPhysics

Mario Rodriguez

Sally Ly

Sally Ly

Intern


Subjects: N/A

Andrew Casas

My name is Andy Casas and I am currently enrolled at UC Davis as an English Major. I plan to be a high school English teacher. In high school I passed 11 AP tests and finished with a 4.5 GPA. I’ve always enjoyed helping children and I particularly enjoy the 1 on 1 setting of tutoring.


Subjects: US History, English, Math to Calc AB, Chemistry, European History, Psychology, Economics

Andrew Casas

Amanuel Tsighe

Amanuel Tsighe

Bio


Subjects: English History Math (Algebra 1)

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Justin Thornton

Justin Thornton

Currently an undergraduate at UC Davis, majoring in mathematics. I enjoy playing and watching both basketball and football. Working towards becoming a teacher so I can help students, just as my teachers have once helped me.


Subjects: Algebra 1 and 2, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, SAT Math,


Our Staff

Cameron Mitchell

Proctor

Cameron Mitchell

Minh Tran

Minh Tran

Having been with Paul the Tutor's for nearly 4 years, Minh's role in the PTTS family is to ensure that everything behind the scenes go smoothly. With over 7 years of Administrative and Executive support, Minh believes that the best way to provide exceptional instruction and guidance to our students is to support our tutors and allow them to focus on teaching. When Minh is not assisting our PTTS family, he is helping others transform their bodies as a Certified Personal Trainer.

Leslie Holtzclaw

Leslie has worked for Paul the Tutor's since 2017 as Paul's assistant and as the scheduling coordinator. Leslie attended the University of Oklahoma for several years and then graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a degree in Organizational Leadership. A favorite part of her job is making Paul the Tutor's parents and students lives easier by providing excellent customer service. When she's not working, Leslie loves spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter, and working in her organic vegetable garden.

Leslie Holtzclaw