|Monday:||10:30 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Tuesday:||10:30 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Wednesday:||10:30 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Thursday:||10:30 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Saturday:||9:00 AM - 3:00 PM|
|Sunday:||10:30 AM - 2:30 PM|
Our Sylvan trained and certified tutors are dedicated to your child’s success. Working together with you, we will:
Kelly has her K-9 Teaching Credential earned at University of Illinois-Chicago. She taught for 3 years in Chicago before moving to the Bay Area. In her more than 13 years with Sylvan, she has served in just about every capacity, from Director of Education to District Manager overseeing operations and educational programs in multiple centers in the Bay Area.
Melissa hails from South Carolina and has always been an educator at heart. She received her Masters of Education in 2005 from University of Florida - Gainesville, and has taught toddler aged students through adults. Following her move to the Bay Area, has worked for SFUSD as a paraprofessional with special-needs children, the Literacy and Language Center and Kids Cooking for Life. Melissa enjoys her time with Sylvan and has been with the company since 2007, beginning as an Instructor and in her current role as Director of Education. Melissa loves to cook, sew and watch the Warriors in her free time.
Stephen earned his Master of Arts and Teacher Certification from University of Michigan-Dearborn in May 2011. His work at the Institute of Reading and Development brought him to the Bay Area, where he continued to work with students of all ages. He has a passion for working with students and developing their skills individually. In his free time, Stephen enjoys cooking and live music.
Erin Hall earned her BFA in Visual Arts from The Pennsylvania State University and MFA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute. She travels the world photographing and working with non-profits. Most recently she lived in Cape Town, South Africa. Erin has taught K-9 grade aged students. She teaches photography at Shadelands Arts Center in Walnut Creek. Erin enjoys watching old films, cooking and reading.
Annette is the Director in charge of Administration and Center Operations. She has her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential along with a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Program Planning from SFSU. She worked for the SFSU Urban Community Family Service Project before joining Sylvan 11 years ago. During her tenure with Sylvan she has served as Center Director and Franchise Business Consultant working with franchisees and staff in the Pacific Northwest.
Julie earned her B.A. in French from Chico State University and B.A. in Spanish and teaching credential from San Jose State University. While in college she taught English as a Second Language to middle school students in Merida, Mexico and upon graduating with her teaching credential taught high school French and Spanish for five years. She has enjoyed working at Sylvan since October 2003 and is currently also working as a paraprofessional in Special Education at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. She has traveled and lived in parts of France and Mexico and enjoys reading, traveling, and the performing arts.
In December of 1999, Greg completed the requirements for a Washington State teaching certificate, and subsequently earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Antioch University. The teacher preparation program he completed emphasized the instructional approaches and philosophies needed to teach diverse student populations using multiple learning intelligences. Greg's graduate project consisted of developing an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating social studies and language arts. In September of 2000 he was assigned to Alvah Scott Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2004 he left Alvah Scott and was offered a fifth grade position at Aina Haina Elementary. Prior to his teaching career, he worked in the private sector for eight years as a project manager and accountant.
Amy is from Arizona, where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Art History. After working for a year at the Phoenix Art Museum, she decided to pursue different avenues. She accepted a job at a middle school as a paraprofessional which little did she know would change her life forever. Amy met Sydney, a feisty, dynamic fifth grader with high-functioning Autism. For the next two years, she was Sydney’s 1-1 caretaker at school and at home during the summers. The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) provided ongoing one-on-one specialized training to Amy, so she could successfully work with Sydney’s needs and goals. In the meantime, Amy went back to school to earn her Master’s Degree in Special Education. As Sydney entered seventh grade, Amy started her first year of teaching as a fifth grade inclusion teacher. For the next six years, she taught 7th and 8th grade resource and inclusion classes to students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and severe ADD/ADHD. During this time, she went back to school, yet again, to obtain her Reading Specialist certificate. As much as she loved this job, she knew it was time to move on and seek further growth and challenges. Amy moved to San Francisco, and is teaching 6th to 8th grade Language Arts at St. Peter’s Elementary School. She joined the Sylvan team to continue her passion of teaching children of all age’s critical reading skills, so they may be successful in school and their extended community, and hopefully recognize the joy in reading.
I am excited to be on the Sylvan team as a Tutor, with a specialty in English Reading and Writing. I am an enthusiastic and experienced writing and reading tutor for all ages. I obtained a Master of Arts degree in English Literature in 2013 and have studied English my entire life. My commitment to the subject stems from my passion for people and analytical thinking. Since achieving my degree, I have taught English Composition at the college level, as well as with youth. Furthermore, I have been able to focus on enhancing my teaching strategies and help others enrich their own lives with learning. I am happy to be a new part of Sylvan Learning Center in West Portal.
Martha received a BA in Mathematics for Teachers from the University of California at Berkeley with a minor in English. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, teaching high school mathematics and physics for two years. Martha recently retired from San Francisco Unified School District, where she taught all levels of high school math (from pre-algebra to pre-calculus, including statistics, both regular and Advanced Placement classes). She worked primarily at Lincoln High School. Martha has three adult children, and enjoys playing piano, hiking, sewing/quilting, and watching sports events.