Meet our Burlington Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Burlington consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Burlington 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 Burlington!

  • Alfred Yau, Executive Director and Franchise Owner

    Alfred Yau

    Executive Director and Franchise Owner

    Alfred is responsible for meeting Sylvan's high operating standards and ensuring that our families enjoy the many benefits that Sylvan has to offer. Alfred graduated from University of Manitoba with a degree in Actuarial Mathematics. His lifelong love for math and passion for learning has lead him to Sylvan where he takes his prior business and leadership experience to elevate Burlington's youth. When he isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him volunteering as a Big Brother, playing a variety of different sports and trying to convince others that actuaries aren't boring people!
  • Dr. Suman Joseph, Centre Director

    Dr. Suman Joseph

    Centre Director

    As Centre Director, Suman is responsible for the day to day management of Sylvan in Burlington. She is very passionate about education and, being a mom herself, she enjoys meeting with Sylvan parents and helping them understand the individual learning needs of their children. Suman is also a very accomplished academic herself, with a B.Sc in Biology & Chemistry, a Master Degree in Biochemistry and Ph.D in Molecular Genetics. She spent a number of years in medical and scientific research before completing her B.Ed and becoming an Ontario Certified Teacher. When not at Sylvan, Suman enjoys spending time at home with her husband and children. In her down time she enjoys Mystery TV & Novels.
  • Jessica Jolink, Director of Education

    Jessica Jolink

    Director of Education

    Jessica oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors here at Sylvan Burlington. A former manager of a boutique in Hamilton, Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan. Jessica graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with her B.A in Health, Aging, and Society. She then continued her education at Niagara University and now has her Masters of Science in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. When Jessica isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her doing her favourite activities, shopping, cuddling her cats, or at a late night workout.
  • Lauren Paton, Teacher

    Lauren Paton


    Lauren helps to oversee the educational integrity of our programs as well as tutoring various subjects at Sylvan. She studied at the University of Western Ontario completing her BA Honours in Psychology and Sociology. She received her Bachelor of Education at Brock University and is a permanent high school teacher for the Halton Catholic District School Board. Lauren finds the greatest joy in tutoring history and social sciences. When she isn't at Sylvan, you will find her doing yoga, working out or shopping at her favourite stores.
  • Matthew Mascola, Teacher

    Matthew Mascola


    Matt has worked at Sylvan of Burlington since the winter of 2018. With a B.Sc in Kinesiology, and currently completing his Master's in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. Matthew has a passion for working with children and helping them achieve their full academic potential. While Matt has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Math and Science tutoring. When Matt isn't at Sylvan you'll find him participating in multitudes of sports ranging from back-flips at gymnastics, to ice hockey at the local ponds.
  • Kathryn Groenewald, Teacher

    Kathryn Groenewald


    Kathryn is a teacher from Oakville ON with a gift for working with kids. While Kathryn has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Mathematics tutoring. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at McMaster University. When Kathryn isn't at Sylvan, you will find her hanging out with her family and friends, studying, or listening to music!
  • Kelly Walker, Teacher

    Kelly Walker


    Kelly is a recent graduate with a B.A in Child Youth Studies and a B.Ed with a focus in Primary/Junior Education from Brock University. While Kelly has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy tutoring math and language. Kelly is very kind and patient when working with children, and has had a passion for teaching for many years. When Kelly isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading, shopping, and spending time with family.
  • Edreece Abbaszadeh, Teacher

    Edreece Abbaszadeh


    Edreece is an Ontario certified teacher from Oakville, ON and is qualified in primary, junior and intermediate education. He studied Kinesiology & Health Science at York University and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Education from Brock University. He also spent some time teaching overseas at an international school in Dubai, UAE before returning home to support the needs of students in Halton. Edreece is very patient and accommodating to each student. He strives to make his teaching equitable, meaningful, and fun! Outside of teaching he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and travelling to learn and experience aspects of different cultures.