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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!

  • Desmond Jordan, Executive Director and Franchise Owner

    Desmond Jordan

    Executive Director and Franchise Owner

    Desmond is the Executive Director and Centre Owner. He has extensive business management expertise in Education and is focused on marketing Desmond is also responsible for ensuring Sylvan's high operating standards are met and that parents and students enjoy the maximum benefits from their Sylvan experience. 'On behalf of all of our wonderful educational and management staff I want to thank you for considering Sylvan Learning of Burlington. You can be assured of our best efforts for your child at all times. After all, that is why we do this!'
  • 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, Lead Teacher

    Lauren Paton

    Lead Teacher

    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.
  • Dania Abu-Hantash, Teacher

    Dania Abu-Hantash


    Dania has been a teacher at Sylvan of Burlington since July of 2016. She specializes in high school Math and Physics. She is originally from Oakville and loves the town she was born in. Dania is a very optimistic person, and believes that nothing is impossible if we put our minds to it. In her spare time, Dania likes to sew and is enthusiastic about fashion. She has created items ranging from summer dresses to spring coats. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David Scott, Teacher

    David Scott


    David is a certified teacher from Milton, Ontario. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University with a major in English Literature, and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario. He spent some time teaching overseas in Shanghai, China, before returning home to teach students in Ontario. David has taught at an international high school, an international kindergarten, as well as grades 1 through 7 in local public schools. In each teaching role he gained new ideas and discovered new methods to make learning enjoyable. When David isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him reading, hiding, or gardening.
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