Contact Information

Phone: (505) 296-1155
Fax: (505) 296-3084
Monday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Meet the Tutors

Our Sylvan trained and certified tutors are dedicated to your child’s success. Working together with you, we will:

  • Pinpoint your child’s learning needs using the Sylvan Skills Assessment®
  • Develop a personalized learning plan based on your child’s goals
  • Offer unique insights about what will work for your child
  • Teach each lesson the way your child learns best
  • Build a relationship with your child to provide learning that’s fun, engaging and rewarding
Put years of educational experience to work for your family. Contact our center to find out how we can help today!

Center Director- B.S. in Family Studies, Albuquerque tutoring

Nicole Hightower

Center Director- B.S. in Family Studies

Nicole began at Sylvan Learning Center as a teacher’s assistant in April of 2000. In January of 2006, she became a Program Coordinator and in July of 2008 she was promoted to Director of Education. Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies in December 2005 and her teaching license in May 2008. In December of 2004, Nicole received Sylvan HMJ’s Management Award and in December of 2009 she received HMJ’s Director of the Year award. Nicole has been the Center Director since October 2013.

Director of Education- M.S. in Elementary Education, Albuquerque tutoring

Anne Lloyd

Director of Education- M.S. in Elementary Education

Anne retired from teaching inclusion and GT in the elementary grades in Indianapolis, IN. In addition, she served on the mathematics and science curriculum committees for the district. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Elementary Education from Indiana University, and an endorsement for teaching GT from Purdue University. She has been happily associated with Sylvan Learning Centers in Indianapolis and here in Albuquerque and joined our staff in February 2008.

Reading, Writing & Math Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Barbara Bensonhaver

Reading, Writing & Math Teacher

Certified Teacher-B.A. of Education, M.S. in Special Education
Barbara received her B.A. of Elementary Education at the University of Massachusetts and later went on to earn her M.A. in Special Education. She has over 11 years of teaching experience in Ohio and Albuquerque public school districts. Barbara has been a reading and math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2005.

Reading, Writing, Math, ACT/SAT Prep & History Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Carmen Barajas

Reading, Writing, Math, ACT/SAT Prep & History Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.S. of Education, M.S. of Education
Carmen received her B.S. in Education in grades 1st through 8th and went on to earn her Masters in Elementary Education and Bilingual Education. She has taught in El Paso and Albuquerque ISD’s accumulating more than 30 years of teaching experience. Carmen has been a reading and math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2001.

Math & Reading Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Danielle Harden

Math & Reading Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.A. in Education
Danielle received her B.F.A in Painting and Drawing and went on to earn her B.A. in Elementary Education. She has taught in Albuquerque Public School Districts for over 14 years, teaching at both Georgia O’Keeffe and Corrales Elementary Schools. Danielle enjoys teaching a variety of subjects, including math and reading. She has been with Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2013.

Math, Pre-Calculus, Algebra l&ll & Geometry Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Derek Maestas

Math, Pre-Calculus, Algebra l&ll & Geometry Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education, M.A. in Counseling
Derek received his B.S. in Education specializing in Mathematics and went on to earn his Masters in Counseling. He has over 8 years of teaching experience in Albuquerque ISD’s teaching math. Derek has been a math tutor with Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2013.

Reading, Writing, ACT/SAT Prep & Study Skills Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Doris Razura

Reading, Writing, ACT/SAT Prep & Study Skills Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education, M.S. in Language Arts

Doris received her B.S. in Education and went on to earn her Masters in Language Arts. She has taught 7th grade all the way up to college levels and has accumulated over 36 years of teaching experience. She has been awarded Who’s who in Education and ASCD’s Excellence in Education. Doris has been a reading tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2008.

Reading, Math, Algebra & SAT/ACT Prep Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Harriet DeLouise

Reading, Math, Algebra & SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.A. in Education
Harriet received her B.A. in Education from UCLA and went on to earn her Masters from The University of New Mexico. She has taught a variety of grades, from middle school, all the way up to college level courses. Harriet has been a math and reading tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2000.

Reading Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Jennifer Jones

Reading Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education
Jennifer received her B.S. in Elementary Education from The University of New Mexico. While working at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque, Jennifer teaches preschool. She has taught at La Puerta de los Ninos, The Jewish Community Center and UNM’s children campus. Jennifer has been a reading tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2009.

Math, Algebra l&ll, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics & SAT/ACT Prep Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Josh Shainin

Math, Algebra l&ll, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics & SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

Math Specialist- B.A. in Economics, M.B.A in Management & Technology
Josh received his B.A. in Economics and went on to earn his Masters in Management and Technology. He continued his education after graduation, earning his Post MBA Certification in Finance. Josh has been a math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2010.

Reading, Writing & Math Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Judith Wilson

Reading, Writing & Math Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.A. in Elementary Education
Judith received her B.A. in Elementary Education and is currently working on her Masters. She has been an educator for over 25 years, working on the Navajo Reservation and later at Roosevelt Elementary. Judith has been a reading and math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 1999.

Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills & ACT/SAT Prep Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Julie Montgomery

Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills & ACT/SAT Prep Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education
Julie received her B.S. in Middle School Education specializing in Math and Science. She has taught grades 6th through 8th at Deland and James Monroe Middle Schools. She now works as a nurse and tutors at Sylvan part time. Julie has been a math and reading tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2004.

Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills & ACT/SAT Prep Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Karen Slater

Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills & ACT/SAT Prep Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.A. in Education, M.A. in Language Arts
Karen received her B.A. in Education and went on to earn her Masters from the University of Kansas. She has been a high school educator, teaching grades 9-12, for over 36 years. She started in Kansas school districts and eventually moved to Albuquerque to continue her career in education. Karen has been a reading and math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 1999.

Reading, Writing, Math & study Skills Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Kathy Roberson

Reading, Writing, Math & study Skills Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.A. English Literature, M.A. Elementary Education
Kathy received her B.A. in English Literature and went on to earn her Masters in Elementary Education and Reading. She continued her schooling and earned her degree in Special Education. Kathy has been an educator for more than 19 years and has taught a variety of grades, 1st all the way through 8th. She has been a reading and math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2010.

Math Essentials, Algebra l&ll, Geometry, Calculus & Biology Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Lory Henderson

Math Essentials, Algebra l&ll, Geometry, Calculus & Biology Teacher

Lory received her B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico and went on to earn another B.S. in Psychology. She enjoys teaching a variety of subjects including algebra, geometry, calculus and science. Lori’s goal is to motivate students to do their best and extend their own personal limits. Lori has been a math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2013.

Math & Algebra l Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Melinda Millican

Math & Algebra l Teacher

B.S. in Computer Science, M.S.A. in Administration
Melinda received her B.S. in Computer Science, minoring in math, and then went on to earn her Masters in Administration. She works with all grades, substituting throughout Albuquerque school districts. She has been a math teacher a Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2006.

Directors Assistant, Albuquerque tutoring

Myranda Martinez

Directors Assistant

Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education
Myranda received her B.S. in Kindergarten through 8th grade Education, specializing in English and Social Studies, from The University of New Mexico. While working at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque, Myranda also teaches at Santo Domingo Elementary School. She has 2 years of teaching experience with grades ranging from 2nd to 6th. Myranda enjoys teaching a range of subjects including math and reading. She has worked at Sylvan since 2006, and started as a reading and math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque shortly after graduating.

Reading, Math, Algebra l&ll, Study Skills & ACT/SAT Prep Teacher, Albuquerque tutoring

Newell Ramsey

Reading, Math, Algebra l&ll, Study Skills & ACT/SAT Prep Teacher

Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education
Newell received his B.S. in Secondary Education from New Mexico State University and went on to earn his Masters at the same campus. He has taught an assortment of grades throughout New Mexico, 7th grade all the way through 12th grade, accumulating over 20 years of teaching experience. He has been a math and reading teacher at Sylvan Learning Center in Albuquerque since 2003.