Contact Information

Phone: (972) 480-1100
Fax: (972) 360-7109
Monday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday: By Appointment

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!

Kim Beck

Center Director / Business Owner

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Kim is a native of Texas living in the Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch area for over 20 years. She has over 15 years of experience tutoring students in math and science in grades 2-12. She has also been active in Coppell I.S.D. serving on district planning committiees and in various leadership positions. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She has been a member of the Sylvan family for over 15 years. Changing the lives of our children one day at a time is her favorite part of working at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch!

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Jana Tillson

Director of Education

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Jana is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Duquesne University where she earned a Masters in Elementary Education. Jana has over 20 years of teaching experience. Before moving to Texas, she taught 4th and 5th grade where she especially enjoyed teaching writing and reading. After moving to Texas, she worked in special education in Coppell I.S.D. helping kids with learning challenges. Jana's favorite part of working at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch is seeing a student's confidence increase as they feel successful about learning.
Jana is certified by Sylvan as a Director of Education, and she is certified to teach the following programs:
Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, Sylvan Study Skills, Sylvan Academic Writing, and Homework Support.

Kari Rose

Associate Director of Education

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Kari graduated from Oklahoma State University with Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees. She taught in Plano I.S.D. before moving to Coppell over 20 years ago. Kari has been an active volunteer in Coppell I.S.D. schools and her community for more than 15 years. She is Sylvan certified as a Director of Education and enjoys getting to know our students while administering their assessments. At Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch, Kari is committed to helping students discover they can be successful in whatever they choose to pursue in life.
Kari is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, Sylvan Study Skills, Sylvan Academic Writing, and Homework Support.

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Nancy Echols

Certified Tutor

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Nancy graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. Nancy has worked as a tutor for over 8 years, tutoring students of all ages in math and science including Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Chemistry. Nancy also enjoys volunteering as a math tutor and mentor with junior high students at Barbara Bush Middle School and as a 4th grade math tutor at Tom Landry Elementary School. Nancy loves those "aha" moments at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch when a student lights up because they understand a concept they did not grasp before. It is a thrill when a student excitedly brings in a test to show us a good grade they made!
Nancy is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Advanced Math, Sylvan Math Essentials, Homework Support in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

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Darlyn Copeland

Certified Tutor

Darlyn is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Texas Tech University where she earned a Masters of Science degree in Education. She has been a teacher for the visually impaired for over 20 years. She recently retired from teaching in Coppell I.S.D. and continues to work as a consultant for many school districts in the area. She enjoys working at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch because everyday she sees the children gain confidence in their work as they become independent readers.
Darlyn is certified to tutor the following programs: Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, and Homework Support.

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Brian Choate

Certified Tutor

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Janemarie Powers

Certified Tutor

Janemarie graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and East Texas State in Commerce earning a Masters of Education. She has over 30 years of teaching students in 1st-5th grades. She also has experience as a Resource Teacher teaching reading to students below grade level in 1st-5th grades. She enjoys teaching at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch because she likes watching the students gain confidence in themselves, as they learn new reading and math skills.
Janemarie is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, and Homework Support.

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Katie Pottorrf

Certified Tutor

Katie graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Education PreK-12. She currently teaches kindergarten in Mesquite I.S.D. She enjoys tutoring at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch because she gets to see kids discover a love for reading as they learn new skills.
Katie is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, Sylvan Study Skills, Sylvan Academic Writing, and Homework Support.

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Jackie Heim

Certified Tutor

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Jackie is a graduate of Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Dallas Baptist University where she is earning her 8-12 Math Teaching Certificate. She enjoys tutoring at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch because Sylvan provides a hands-on teaching experience working directly with each student on their personalized learning plan.
Jackie is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Math Essentials, Sylvan Advanced Math, Homework Support in Algrbra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics, and Sylvan Academic Reading.

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Alyssa Hill

Certified Tutor

Alyssa graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Level Education. She currently teaches 4th grade reading in Plano I.S.D. She finds the most rewarding part of working at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch is how closely she works one-on-one with students as their confidence and knowledge levels increase every session.  This is one of the wonders of the world, and a blessing to be a part of and witness every day during tutoring.
Alyssa is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, Sylvan Academic Writing, Sylvan Study Skills, and Homework Support.

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Kathy Appleton

Certified Tutor

Kathy is a graduate of Toledo University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Dallas Theological Seminary where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Cross-Cultural Studies. She has years of experience tutoring and teaching students as a Coppell I.S.D. Substitute teacher and as a Director of Missions at a local church. Kathy loves working at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch because she can share her passion of learning with the students.
Kathy is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Academic Writing, Sylvan Math Essentials, and Homework Support.

Hope Johnson

Certified Tutor

Hope graduated from Texas A&M University earning a Bachelor of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. She has over 7 years of experience teaching 5th grade in Coppell I.S.D. and Carrollton Farmers Branch I.S.D. Hope says tutoring at Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch is a joy! She loves the students' energy and motivation to learn.
Hope is certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, Sylvan Academic Writing, and Homework Support.

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Jaclyn Viggato

Certified Tutor

Jaclyn is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University in San Antonio, Texas. She is certified by the State of Texas to teach Early Childhood-6th grade and English as a Second Language Early Childhood-12th grade. As a reading specialist, she tutored 2nd-6th grade reading intervention groups. She also tutored in phonics and guided reading for the Kindergarten reading intervention program at Hurst-Euless-Bedford I.S.D. Jaclyn currently lives in Irving, Texas and she teaches first grade. At Sylvan of Coppell, Irving & Valley Ranch she looks forward to working with your children helping them gain confidence and become fluent readers.
Jaclyn is Sylvan certified to teach the following programs: Sylvan Beginning Reading, Sylvan Academic Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, Sylvan Academic Writing, Homework Support, Sylvan Advanced Study Skills