Tutors & Instructors


We 100% guarantee you will love your tutor. We meet with each family before making the tutor match to ensure a perfect fit every time! We are proud to have earned 100% satisfaction from our past and current families, and to enjoy a great reputation with area schools. Pacific Learning Academy Tutors and Teachers are of the highest quality:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in their subject area
  • Proven track record in teaching and instruction
  • Enthusiastic and positive as a role model
  • Exceptional communicators
  • Backgrounds checked


Lead Instructors at Pacific Learning Academy

Pacific Learning Academy employs degreed professionals in all subject areas. All instructors go through the Academy’s training program, which may include elements such as Executive Functioning Coaching, SAT/ACT prep, Test-taking strategies, Memorization, Time Management, High School Credit Course Instruction and more!


Cynthia C. – Math, Chemistry, Physics, Test Prep

Cynthia has always enjoyed being a student and loves learning. She received her BS in Chemistry from Western Washington University in 2008. Her favorite courses included physics, mathematics, cultural studies, ballet, and of course chemistry. Cynthia found her love of teaching when she began giving swimming lessons to people of all ages in 2008 and from there pursued opportunities where she continued teaching a variety of skills to students of all ages. In 2011-2012 she received her Master’s in Teaching from City University. Through her year of student teaching internships, Cynthia found she had a passion for helping struggling students, and greatly enjoys working with students one-on-one to help build up their confidence and find success in any course. In her free time you can find her taking yoga classes, spending time with her nieces and nephews, or reading a good book.

JD W. – History, English

JD is a professional historian, writer, and educator. He got his B.A. in History from Humboldt State University, his M.A. in American History from the University of Nebraska, and his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Ohio University. JD has traveled extensively, lived abroad, and done research and writing in many countries. He especially loves teaching History, English, Writing and Study Skills, and has tutored and mentored student from middle school through university for over a decade. JD’s favorite places in the world are Berlin, London, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Disneyland, good BBQ and teriyaki restaurants, and Safeco Field. He dreams to one day go to a baseball game in Japan, to hear his voice echo from a mountain top in Tibet, and do a triathlon in Iceland. JD spends his free time writing his novel, cooking, traveling, training for triathlons, tracking Star Wars movie rumors, following his favorite bands, and cheering on every single Seattle sports team (even though they usually break his heart).


Barbara B. – Spanish, German, Italian

Barbara graduated from the J.W. Goethe University, Germany, with an M.A in Romance Philology with majors in Spanish and German Philology. She also studied one semester at the University in Salamanca, Spain. After 13 years’ experience teaching students from elementary to high school in Texas and Georgia, Barbara relocated to the Issaquah area last year and is enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, biking, roller skating and visiting local farmer’s markets with her middle-schooler and her friends.


Susan D. – English, Test Prep

Susan graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in English with high distinction and later earned a MEd from The College of William and Mary. She has taught in a variety of settings including public schools, homeschool co-ops, and one-on-one tutoring. Homeschooling her two daughters honed her skills in individualizing instruction for a particular student. When not teaching, she can usually be found hiking the mountains and hills in the Seattle area or curled up with a good book.


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