We are appreciative of the staff, tutors, students, parents, and educational partners that have made the commitment to invest in learning opportunities that will pay dividends for a lifetime.
Our owner, Becky, has devoted her professional career to education, and most pronouncedly to the professional practice of tutoring. She has decades of experiencing the transformative impacts of tutoring, has engaged in academic work to more deeply understand how learning is fostered in one-on-one spaces, and has a keen appreciation for the role that tutoring can play in a student's academic formation. Becky has a gift helping students get the most from tutoring interactions and thinks outside of the box to devise educational solutions to meet the needs of diverse learners. She loves her work because she both believes and sees that a one-on-one tutor can serve an invaluable role in the life of a student. She has built an operational and instructional team of compassionate leaders and educators who share in her vision.
Becky is deeply committed to the educational spaces within our community. She serves on the Diocesan School Advisory Board for the Austin Diocese and is past-president of the Cathedral School of Saint Mary School Advisory Board. She has also chaired fundraising efforts for several local schools and serves as a CASA volunteer. Austin Learning Center and Becky individually have received numerous awards, and she is most proud of those that point to her dedication to teaching diverse student populations.
Becky holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, a Masters degree, and a PhD in Education, all obtained from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus throughout her doctoral studies included a close examination of tutoring interactions and the reflections of expert tutors. She crafted a new model for tutoring that involves building meaningful knowledge of individual students and consideration of the social contexts in which they operate. In her free time, Becky enjoys learning new things and spending time with her family and friends.
Alex graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Historical Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2009. He completed his student-teaching at North Dallas High School and obtained his high school teaching certificate at the same time. In 2012 he returned to UTD to pursue a degree in Actuarial Sciences, completing upper-level math courses along with statistics and probability, scoring a near-perfect on the notorious Exam P. There, he began tutoring his fellow students in probability, holding weekly sessions. It was there, while standing in front of the white board, that his passion for teaching and education re-ignited. After moving to Austin in 2014, he joined the Austin Learning Center team just in time to help students with their winter midterms.
Alex focuses on all levels of math, from elementary to multi-variable calculus and AP Statistics. Additionally, he's put his history degree to good use by tutoring US and World History, Human Geography, and English. Since starting at ALC, he has begun tutoring AP Physics along with SAT and ACT prep.
Alex loves learning as much as he loves teaching, and makes it a goal to add one new subject every year. Being a life-long learner keeps him student-focused whenever tutoring. He tries to impart strong study skills that are tailored to individual students and prepare them for the independent studying that is necessary in college.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Texas in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Biology (concentration in social aspects of health and disease). While pursuing her degree, she also volunteered in a coral research lab at UT working on a project to genotype individual coral larvae using microsatellite markers. After graduation, she decided to put both her love for learning and knack for teaching to work as a Career Tutor.
Rebecca joined ALC in 2013 as a diverse and dedicated tutor. In 2015, she was promoted to Lead Academic Tutor and, in 2019, to Instructional Specialist. She now serves as Assistant Director of instruction where she helps drive key decisions regarding academic plans for students and the curriculum used at ALC in addition to mentoring other tutors.
Rebecca truly finds helping others learn and understand difficult concepts rewarding. Her patience, empathy and collaboration skills enable her to tailor her instructional approach to fit each student's needs.
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Art History from Colorado College in 2009. She completed a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) Program in Basic Language Skills (BLS) from the Rawson Saunders Institute. As a CALT certified professional, Sarah has the specialized training needed to serve students who have difficulty acquiring the basic language skills necessary to read, write and spell. Her deep knowledge of the structure of the English language uniquely enables her to help students with dyslexia and related learning disorders of the written language.
Sarah joined ALC in 2013. As a Lead Academic Tutor, she has successfully administered one-on-one academic guidance to clients with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD, anxiety and depression. By collaborating with parents, students, and teachers, she creates an action plan for her students' personal needs and study habits that enables them to be successful in their academics. As a CALT, she loves to see young students triumph as they transition from a struggling to fluent reader!
Originally from Colorado, Nick graduated from MSU Denver with an English degree, emphasis in writing, and a minor in mathematics. He later attended Colorado Film School, University of Colorado, emphasis in screenwriting, after which he has co-directed short and feature films that played at the Estes Park Film Festival. He has judged writing contests for the Denver School of Arts, and has been a screenwriting judge for the Austin Film Festival since 2009. He currently writes coverage for the festival, and is a ghost-writer for another company.
As a career tutor and part-time teacher, Nick has been tutoring math, English and history at Austin Learning Center since 2010 and loves his work. His main area of expertise is helping students read and think critically, and write cogent, entertaining essays. He appreciates the importance of accommodating different kinds of thinkers and tries to explain concepts thoroughly to help his students understand them, inside and out.
In addition to his 10 years tutoring at ALC, Nick has 2 years tutoring experience at the "Math Lab" of Amarillo College and 6 years combined teaching experience at San Juan Diego High School, St. Austin's Catholic School and St. Ignatius Catholic School.
Lucas graduated with a Master's of Fine Art in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin as part of The New Writers Project and received his Bachelor's degree in History from Duke University. His recent published writing includes "Kuchizi" (CRAFT, October 2018) and "Time Machine Freak Out!," one of four interactive children's stories commissioned in honor of the opening of Austin's new central library, (wanderatx.com, November 2017). In 2015, he was awarded the Michael Adams Thesis Prize in Fiction (chosen by Fiona McFarlane, UT Austin).
In addition to being a Writer, Lucas has spent a significant part of his professional carreer teaching. He spent six years as a Classroom Teacher at The Girl's School of Austin teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts and social studies. As a Teaching Assistant in Creative Writing and Masterworks of American Literature at UT Austin, Lucas led workshops and disucssion sections. During this time, he was recognized as Teaching Assistant of the Semester.
Lucas first joined ALC in 2008 as a part-time tutor. Since then, he has worked part-time at ALC for over nine years, only taking time away to pursue his MFA. Aligning with his classroom experience, he tutors English, Writing, History and Test Preparation for the verbal sections of the SAT and ACT. He loves the humor and incisiveness of his students and believes his strengths as a communicator and listener enable him to help his students achieve their goals.
Eric graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Piano Performance. He returned in 2018 to finish a degree in Economics and begin working on high school teaching certification. Throughout his college career, Eric has been tutoring at ALC ever since he joined in 2009.
Eric has loved participating in competition math since middle school; in high school, he expanded his interest to helping his friends on the math team find new and special ways to solve the tricky problems found at these math competitions. Eric found a natural transition to tutoring, helping students see new ways to approach problems and strategies for taking tests under pressure. He sees each new year at ALC as an opportunity to learn from his peers and his students alike, and to improve as both an educator and a student.
In his spare time, Eric will often be found playing disc golf or video games. He still enjoys listening and playing music and will occasionally try and pick up and learn new instruments.
Joseph graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. During the summer after his Junior year, he worked as a research fellow in Theoretical Physics at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. It was during his time at UT Austin that his love for learning transformed into a passion for teaching. Joseph began tutoring fellow undergrads at the Sanger Learning Center his Sophomore year. Working with students in both one-to-one and group based settings, he tutored Differential and Integral Calculus, Beginning Spanish and all levels of Introductory Physics.
In the fall of 2015, Joseph joined ALC as a full-time career tutor focused on math and physics. In ALC's one-to-one tutoring setting, he loves to see difficult concepts click with students and then for them to be able to expand on their new knowledge with more complex problems with a little prompting. He leverages his calm personality and clear communication style to work effectively with all levels of students, both in age and in understanding of material.
Originally from Houston, Rylie graduated with honors from Texas State University in San Marcos with a BS in Art and a BS in Art History. She joined Austin Learning Center as an operation team member in 2019 and was soon promoted to Office Manager. Rylie manages a team that is charged with handling client interactions, managing student schedules and overseeing a robust daily flow of operations. She loves working with parents to find the best possible learning opportunities and artfully match students and tutors.
When she is not at ALC, she spends the majority of her free time working for the Blanton Museum of Art or enjoying the city of Austin with her fiance, Hagen, and hanging out with her kitten, Nugget.