As well as being a performer, Tristan is also a passionate music educator in the Portland area. He started his teaching career while still in high school with private students and as an assistant at his former middle school. Throughout his college studies he continued to work closely with the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra as a student teacher. He continued to pursue music education during his stay in South Africa. While Tristan never took formal courses in music education, he maintained close relationships with his former mentors and continues to learn and work as an educator in the Portland area. Tristan currently works in the Beaverton and Hillsboro School districts teaching jazz and marching band.