Meet our Burlington Tutoring Staff

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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 making all the centres in the area run smoothly. 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.
  • Courtney Sweeney, Centre Director

    Courtney Sweeney

    Centre Director

    As Centre Director, Courtney leads the staff and teachers at Sylvan of Burlington. Courtney came to Sylvan of Burlington from Sylvan of Moncton, New Brunswick. She brings with her over a decade of experience in education. A former business manager, Courtney chose a second career in education in order to follow her passion for learning and student success. She studied at York University and Brock University. When Courtney isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with her family and beautiful black lab, Charlie.
  • Jillian Klaus, Education Coordinator

    Jillian Klaus

    Education Coordinator

    Jillian Klaus has worked at Sylvan of Burlington since May of 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where she obtained a degree in Biochemistry. Jillian is the lead Robotics and Coding instructor at Sylvan of Burlington and regularly teaches these programs at other surrounding centres as well. Previous to Sylvan of Burlington, Jillian worked at Sylvan of Guelph in 2014. Jillian enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including math, academic reading, study skills and , homework support for both math and science. In her free time, Jillian enjoys the preforming arts and cooking.
  • MICHELLE STRAUSS, LEAD TEACHER

    MICHELLE STRAUSS

    LEAD TEACHER

    Michelle has worked at Sylvan of Burlington since the summer of 2016. She is a recent graduate of Brock University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science (Math) and a Bachelor of Education. Previous to Sylvan of Burlington, Michelle tutored high school students in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. Michelle enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including Math and Physics. In her free time, Michelle enjoys baking and spending time with her two cats. 
  • COLLEEN NICHOLSON, TEACHER

    COLLEEN NICHOLSON

    TEACHER

    Colleen is our French Teacher here at Sylvan of Burlington and also works at Sylvan of Oakville. She is a graduate of the university of Guelph with a double major in French Studies and Biological Sciences. Colleen loves teaching our French students, with a particular focus on grammar and composition. She is also passionate about our Math and English programs. When not teaching, Colleen can be found in the pool, teaching swimming to youngsters.
  • Dania Abu-Hantash, Teacher

    Dania Abu-Hantash

    Teacher

    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. 
  • Brittany Babela, Teacher

    Brittany Babela

    Teacher

    Brittany has worked at Sylvan of Burlington since September of 2016. She is a graduate of Brock University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education. Previous to Sylvan of Burlington, Brittany worked abroad in Jeju, South Korea and in Shanghai, China, where she taught elementary and high school students English as a Second Language. Brittany enjoys teaching the Humanities, with a specific focus on English Language and Literature. When not teaching, Brittany enjoys reading, working on technology, and spending time with her nephew.
  • Christina Morreale, Teacher

    Christina Morreale

    Teacher

    Christina has worked at Sylvan of Burlington since September 2016. She is a graduate of Niagara University, where she obtained a degree in Early Childhood and Education. Aside from teaching at Sylvan of Burlington, Christina is a tutor for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board and tutors students from grades JK to grade 6 in Numeracy and Literacy. Christina enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including Language, Math, History, and Science. In her free time, Christina enjoys reading and travelling.
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