Elissa is a former lawyer, tax preparer, and teacher.   She grew up in various cities in the United Kingdom and Canada.  Along the way she got a B.A. at the University of Toronto, and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford in the U.K.  She moved to the United States in 1980 to continue her graduate studies, and was awarded a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1985.  The author of a book on Shakespeare, she has lived in the U.S. ever since.  A resident of Portland since 1992, she subsequently earned a law degree from Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon.

Despite these advanced degrees, and indeed because of her observations of college students (and even postgraduate students) lacking essential reading, writing, and mathematical skills, she became convinced that the best use of her own skill set would be to coach students preparing for college and careers. Her teaching experience includes the last fourteen years as a private tutor here in Portland and previously during eight years as an assistant professor at Oregon State University, and two and a half years as a graduate student at Princeton and Oxford.   She has helped students with widely differing abilities, and can produce enthusiastic testimonials from grateful parents.

During her time off she enjoys walking, music, and reading mysteries, history, theology, and psychology.  She is a member of Grace-Memorial Episcopal Church in northeast Portland.


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