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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 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.
  • 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.
  • Carrie Ognibene, Education Coordinator

    Carrie Ognibene

    Education Coordinator

    Carrie has worked at Sylvan of Burlington since the summer of 2014. She is a recent graduate of Brock University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science (Math and Chemistry) and Bachelor of Education. Previous to Sylvan of Burlington, Carrie has worked at different camps, has worked in a special education classroom, has taught in Peru, and coaches soccer. Carrie  enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including math and chemistry, and enjoys teaching children of all ages. In her free time, Carrie enjoys travelling, hiking, coaching soccer and reading. 



    Michelle has been working at Sylvan since the summer of 2016. She graduated in 2016 from Brock University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Math (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education.  Michelle enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including Math, Science, Reading, Writing and more. Michelle also works as a supply teacher in the Niagara and Halton regions, specifically at the high school level, and she has additional qualifications in ESL, Special Education and Guidance/Careers.  In her free time, Michelle enjoys baking and spending time with her two cats. 
  • Darcy Fox, Teacher

    Darcy Fox


    Darcy has worked at Sylvan of Burlington since the winter of 2018. She is a graduate of Brock University where she obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education. Darcy has her qualifications in special education and English language learners. Previous to Sylvan, Darcy is a supply teacher in the WRDSB, tutored high school students in Burlington, worked at multiple camps, worked as a youth camp leader for a cruise ship, and coached soccer.  Darcy enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including Biology. In her free time, Darcy enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, travelling, and spending time with her sister. 
  • 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. 
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