Contact Information

Phone: (831) 449-7551
Fax: (831) 449-7640
Monday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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!

Executive Director, Salinas tutoring

Cary Swensen

Executive Director

Cary Swensen has a BA in Education from Western Washington University and a MA in History from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has worked for Sylvan Learning for 17 years before opening up her own Sylvan. She likes reading, music, and spending time with her family!

Director of Education, Salinas tutoring

Michelle Goldstone

Director of Education

Michelle Goldstone graduated from Cal Poly State University with a BA in Liberal Studies. She has held various teaching positions since 2003 and loves being an educator! Michelle enjoys spending time with her family during her off time and currently teaches Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Homework Support, Algebra, Academic Writing, and Study Skills. Michelle worked at Sylvan Learning Centers in Ventura and Oxnard before joining the Sylvan Salinas team this year!

Teacher, Salinas tutoring

Sarah Smith

Teacher

Sarah E. Wass Smith graduate from Oregon State University with a BA in History. She has taught most of her working career. She has traveled all over the world and lived in New Zealand for 5 years! Her hobbies include flower arranging, reading, and volunteering at the famous volunteer-run Steinbeck House. She has been with Sylvan for 8 years teaching Academic Reading, Basic Math, and Academic Writing.

Teacher, Salinas tutoring

Mary Jo Cripe

Teacher

Mary Jo Cripe graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Christian Education. She had been an elementary school teacher for 21 years and a college instructor for 4 years. Mary Jo’s hobbies include reading, music, and baking! She was a retired elementary teacher when she first came to Sylvan in 2001- she missed the kids so much she had to get back into teaching! Mary Jo has now been with us for 8 years and teaches Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, and Basic Math.

Teacher, Salinas tutoring

Jennifer Frazier

Teacher

Jennifer Frazier graduated from CSU, Fresno with a BA in Liberal Studies and a Multiple subject teaching credential. She taught as a substitute teacher and a Kindergarten/First grade teacher before moving to the east coast to travel and explore for a year! She has now been teaching at San Benancio Middle School for 3 years and this is her first year with Sylvan teaching Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Upper Math, and Homework Support.

Teacher, Salinas tutoring

Joe Petsche

Teacher

Joe graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Geology. He then went on to get a MS in Geology from San Jose State University. Joe has taught at San Jose State University for 3 years. He teaches Math Essentials, Sylvan Advanced Math, Homework Support, and SAT.

Teacher, Salinas tutoring

Juan Camacho Jr.

Teacher

Juan graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He is currently working for the County of Monterey Public Works and Transportation Planning. In Juan’s free time he likes to weight train, play football, and baseball. He teaches Math Essentials, Sylvan Advanced Math, and Homework Support.