Meet our Brantford Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Brantford consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Brantford know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores. We selectively choose tutors who know local curriculum and can link Sylvan lessons to what’s being taught in school. Get to know our tutors and staff in Brantford!

  • Carolyn Staats, OCT, Executive  Director

    Carolyn Staats, OCT

    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Carolyn oversees all operations of the centre.  A former teacher at Central Baptist Academy, Carolyn chose a career in tutoring services because she  believes all students can succeed and wants to give them the confidence and skills that come from personalized learning. She studied at Redeemer University in Ancaster where she received her BA/BEd and is also a certified OCT member. When Carolyn isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her large family or playing with her fabulous grandchildren.
  • Tom Wilson, OCT, Director of Education

    Tom Wilson, OCT

    Director of Education

    Tom has worked at Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre since October 2013. He is a graduate from the University of Windsor, where he received a Bachelor of Mathematics and Bachelor of Education with Intermediate/Senior qualifications. Previous to joining the Brantford Sylvan Learning team, Tom worked as an independent tutor. He enjoys tutoring students in a variety of subjects such as mathematics, statistics, and computer science. In his free time, Tom enjoys watching/playing sports, playing/composing music, and statistics/optimization work.
  • Zachary Staats, Centre Director

    Zachary Staats

    Centre Director

    Zachary Staats has worked at Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre since 2019. He is a graduate of Liberty University, where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Religion. Zachary has lived in Branford most of his life and has a desire to make learning fun and exciting for everyone who comes to Sylvan. In his free time, Zack enjoys spending time with his wife and children as well as working on carpentry projects around the house. 
  • Dr. Stephanie Burgoyne, OCT, High School Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, French Teacher

    Dr. Stephanie Burgoyne, OCT

    High School Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, French Teacher

    Stephanie has worked at Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre since May 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she received a Ph.D. in mathematics and of the University of New Brunswick where she received a Bachelor of Education. Previous to Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre, Stephanie worked as an instructor at the University of New Brunswick and an occasional teacher in Fredericton, NB. She enjoys tutoring students in a variety of subjects such as mathematics, reading, writing, French, science and music. When Stephanie isn't tutoring, she enjoys serving as an organist and pianist at church and various community venues.  
  • Debi Granka, OCT, Elementary School Teacher

    Debi Granka, OCT

    Elementary School Teacher

    Debi has worked at Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre since December 2013. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Western University where she completed her Bachelor of Education. Debi also has additional qualifications in Developmental Reading and English as a Second Language. Previous to Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre Debi worked as a teacher for Central Baptist Academy. She enjoys tutoring students in a variety of subjects such as Academic and Beginning Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Robotics. In her free time Debi enjoys hiking, photography and volunteering with children.
  • Christie Brimmer, OCT, Tutor, High School Science/Biology

    Christie Brimmer, OCT

    Tutor, High School Science/Biology

    Christie has worked at Sylvan Learning Brantford since October 2018.  She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where she received a Honors Bachelor in Human Kinetics.  She went over to Australia in 2017 to complete my Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Previously, Christie worked as a supply teacher for Chancellor State College in Australia.  She enjoys tutoring students in a variety of subjects such as Science (Biology), Health, Anatomy and English.  In her free time, Christie enjoys staying active and playing sports such as hockey, soccer and rugby.
  • Carole Barber, OCT, ECE, Tutor

    Carole Barber, OCT, ECE

    Tutor

    Carole is a teacher often found at our Simcoe centre, and has been a part of the Sylvan team since 2020. She is a graduate of McMaster University and Institute of Child Study in Toronto, where she has received her teaching certificate, as well as her ECE. Prior to joining Sylvan, Carole was a teacher for the Grand Erie board for 30 years! In her free time, Carole enjoys spending time with her family, camping, kayaking, reading, gardening, and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • Kelli Sitarski, OCT, Tutor

    Kelli Sitarski, OCT

    Tutor

    Kelli has worked at Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre since September 2020. She is a graduate of Brock University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts - Dramatic Arts Major, and her Bachelor’s of Education. She currently teaches English and Drama, grades 9-12, with the Grand Erie District School Board. Previous to Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre Kelli worked as a secondary school English teacher in England from August 2018 to July 2020. She enjoys tutoring students in a variety of subjects such as English (grades 9-12+), language arts - reading & writing, and math. In her free time, Kelli enjoys reading, cultivating her green thumb, and traveling.
  • Shelby Do, Tutor

    Shelby Do

    Tutor

    Shelby has worked at Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre since October 2021. She’s a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University, where she received a BA in Human Rights & Human Diversity, and an MA in Communications and New Media. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant and fundraiser. She enjoys tutoring students in a plethora of subjects, such as literacy and media studies. In her free time, Shelby can be found almost exclusively watching Marvel movies, gaming, or petting a cat.
  • Jenn Kearley, OCT, Tutor

    Jenn Kearley, OCT

    Tutor

    Jenn has worked at Brantford Sylvan Learning Centre since January 2022. She is a graduate of Redeemer University, where she received her BA/BEd. Previous to Sylvan, Jenn worked as a Primary Teacher for two different Christian schools. She enjoys tutoring students in a variety of subjects, such as language and math. In her free time, Jenn enjoys reading, watching movies, playing tennis, and creating fun projects with her Cricut!