Education Program


At heart, Mindport Exhibits is about education.  For the past fifteen years, we have been demonstrating the satisfying results of exploring, observing, thinking creatively, playing, and having fun, and encouraging visitors to do more of the same in their own lives. We believe that learning to explore, observe, reflect, question, reason, and communicate is invaluable to the task of creating a meaningful and empowered life for oneself in any setting or economy.  This belief guides all our work–especially teaching–at Mindport.

We now want to take a more formal role in education by providing tutoring, guided study courses, and curriculum design with an emphasis on nurturing individuals’ own interests and motivations.  Our goal is to play an active role in assisting students to become confident, self-directed learners. 


Please contact Tallie at 360.441.7162 or for more information regarding services and fees.  References available upon request. 

Tallie Jones, Instructor 

A Bellingham native, Tallie has been involved in Mindport since its founding in 1995.  She has worked with young people in a variety of settings, including the San Francisco Girls Chorus, public and private schools in San Francisco and Whatcom County, and Western Washington University, where she was a lecturer in the History Department.  She has significant experience serving as a teacher in traditional high school and college classroom settings as well as teaching and tutoring in small, alternative schools.  Tallie holds a B.A. in Music from the Colorado College and an M.A. in History from Western Washington University.  She is also a graduate of Western’s Woodring College of Education and is a certified Secondary Education teacher.  

Mindport Exhibits is a privately owned and operated business and does not receive any city, state, or federal funds.  



We provide one-to-one, student-centered tutoring to help students build the skills and strategies integral to their success.  At this time, we are able to assist students in grades 6-12 with arithmetic, algebra, English and history.  We can also assist college students with writing and study skills.

Guided Study

We work closely with individual students to design a relevant and engaging curriculum (including suggested materials, projects, and activities) that supports the student’s interests and goals for a particular course of study.  Student and instructor meet weekly over the course of the study for discussion, feedback, and assessment.  

Curriculum Design

We work with students and parents (when desired), to design relevant and engaging curriculum for a particular course of study to be carried out independently.  

Meetings take place during Mindport’s business hours (Wednesday-Friday, 12-6pm) in our quiet and comfortable mezzanine classroom.  Parents or guardians are welcome to remain in the classroom or downstairs in Mindport’s library.