Stumped in Stumptown? TeachStreet Moves Into Portland with More than 25,000 Local Classes and Learning Experiences

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Connecting teachers, instructors, and local experts with learners of all ages, TeachStreet. Brings a wealth of discovery opportunities to the fingertips of Portland residents.

Just because we stop going to school, doesn't mean we don't want to continue to improve ourselves and learn new things. TeachStreet is about the act of discovery and helping both teachers and students make real-world connections at the local level.

TeachStreet, the first free website dedicated to helping teachers and students connect with one another at the neighborhood level, today announced that it has opened its virtual doors to the residents of Portland, Oregon. Just as Powell's is renowned for its extensive collection of books, residents in and around the Rose City will now be one click away from discovering more than 25,000 classes, instructors, and schools currently available on TeachStreet. Whether one wants to learn how to salsa in Sellwood, take belly-dancing lessons on Burnside, or pluck the violin in Vancouver, Washington, TeachStreet offers detailed information on classes and instructors across more than 500 subject areas.

"Everyone is an expert at something and TeachStreet was designed to bridge the gap between those who have something to teach and those with a desire to learn," said Dave Schappell, founder and CEO of TeachStreet. "Just because we stop going to school, doesn't mean we don't want to continue to improve ourselves and learn new things. TeachStreet is about the act of discovery and helping both teachers and students make real-world connections at the local level."

From the common to the eclectic, there is truly a class for every Portland-area resident:

  •     Need to find your Zen? There are 699 yoga, 255 meditation, and 113 tai-chi classes.
  •     Is the great outdoors is calling your name? There are 149 fishing, 169 climbing, and 86 kayaking classes.
  •     Feeling crafty? Try one of 355 knitting, 200 sewing, and 52 scrapbooking classes.

Students can search for classes across hundreds of categories and filter the results according to map-based location, ratings from other students, teacher availability, promotional pricing, and more. For teachers, instructors, or even those who might not call themselves a "teacher" but have a special skill or area of expertise to share, TeachStreet provides a simple yet powerful way to promote and manage their teaching business. In addition, students can submit reviews of teachers, and teachers are invited to enhance their profiles with lesson plans, class photos, and more.

"I am a choreographer, not a marketer," says Subashini Ganesan, founder of Natya Leela Academy. "My passion is teaching Bharathanatyam dance -- an ancient form of classical South Indian dance -- not finding ways to get more students. So I love that TeachStreet helps me fill my class schedule and allows me to spend more time doing what I want to be doing: teaching."

About TeachStreet:
Founded in June 2007, TeachStreet is dedicated to helping students find great local teachers, and empowering teachers with robust online tools to manage their teaching business. Featuring more than 55,000 classes and instructors in the Seattle and Portland metro areas, the free site provides the information that students need to make an informed decision about their learning experiences, including student reviews and teacher recommendations, pricing information, location, teacher background and training, and more. TeachStreet is headquartered in Seattle, WA and backed by Madrona Venture Group. For more information, visit http://www.TeachStreet.com.

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