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Meet our Guelph Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Jessie Smitham, Centre Director

    Jessie Smitham

    Centre Director

    As the Guelph Centre Director, Jessie works very closely with all staff, students and Sylvan families. An Ontario Certified teacher with Upper Grand District School Board, Jessie chose a career in the tutoring business because she is able to make such a huge difference in the lives of Sylvan students. Jessie received her Honours Degree from McMaster University and went on to receive her Bachelor's of Education from the University of Windsor. When she isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find Jessie enjoying the outdoors while hiking and kayaking or curled up with a good book.
  • Bec Fisher, Assistant Director

    Bec Fisher

    Assistant Director

    Bec is our Assistant Director who has a passion for education. She believes heavily in the power of a good education and believes every child is capable of learning. Bec enjoys meeting and getting to know all the amazing Sylvan families and seeing the children's faces when a skill clicks for them. When not at Sylvan, Bec enjoys spending time with her 2 nephews, being with family at the cottage, and playing with her two dogs, Ted and Bella.
  • Sue Wallace, Director of Education

    Sue Wallace

    Director of Education

    Sue oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Guelph. An Ontario Certified Teacher, Sue brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Guelph. She graduated from Lakehead University with two Honours Degrees and a Bachelor's of Education. When Sue isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her adding to her vast collection of books or travelling with her husband.
  • Jocelyn, Teacher



    Jocelyn is a certified elementary teacher with the Upper Grand District School Board.  Her favourite part about teaching at Sylvan is assisting with students development of skills and watching their confidence grow.  Jocelyn received both her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Guelph and her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa.  When Jocelyn is not at Sylvan, she enjoys reading, playing video games and spending time with friends and family.
  • Lisa, Teacher



    Lisa is an elementary teacher with the Upper Grand District School Board. She has a passion for educating children of all ages and enjoys watching them learn and grow as individuals. Lisa graduated from Brock University with an Honours Degree and a Bachelor's degree of Education. When Lisa isn't at Sylvan she enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and friends.
  • Nancy, Teacher



    Nancy is an experienced teacher who spent her career teaching Kindergarten through to High school. While Nancy has many teaching skills, her passion is helping young students learn how to read. When Nancy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking, travelling and spending time with her family.
  • Mohamed, Teacher



    Mohamed graduated from the University of Guelph's Mechanical Engineering program and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering. Mohamed's love for teaching comes from the satisfaction of interacting with students, and seeing them overcome their weaknesses and achieving success. During his free time Mohamed loves playing different kinds of sports such as soccer, volleyball, and basketball.
  • Katherine, Teacher



    Katherine works with the Waterloo Regional District School Board. She gets great enjoyment from watching the academic confidence of her students grow. Katherine graduated, with Honours, from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology. When she isn’t at Sylvan, You will find Katherine playing baseball, ball hockey and spending time with her family! 
  • Bree, Teacher



    Bree is a certified elementary teacher with the Upper Grand District school board. She received her undergraduate degree in English Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies, along with her Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Bree enjoys the opportunity to build positive relationships with her students at Sylvan, and loves seeing her students faces when a concept "clicks" for them. When not at Sylvan, Bree enjoys getting outside, playing hockey for her local women's league, and spending time with family, friends, and her black lab, Cooper!
  • Jemima, Teacher



    Jemima is an Ontario Certified teacher, who moved to Guelph from Toronto. One of her greatest passions is helping students who struggle in math and language and boosting their self-confidence. When Jemima isn’t at Sylvan, she enjoys cooking and spending time in her garden. 
  • Jordan, Teacher



    Jordan is a certified elementary school teacher with the Upper Grand District School Board. Her favourite part about teaching at Sylvan is being able to work with students in small groups and seeing their personal growth. Jordan received her undergraduate degree from McMaster University in Health Studies with a minor in Anthropology and Community Engagement. She then attended Queen’s University to obtain her Bachelors of Education where she specialized in exceptional learners. When Jordan is not at Sylvan, she enjoys walking her dog Odie, dancing, playing hockey, dirt bike riding, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • Ashton, Teacher



    Ashton is an Elementary Teacher with Waterloo Region District School Board.  She has a true gift for working with kids of all ages. While Ashton has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching her students to read for the first time! Ashton has received her undergraduate degree from Laurier University as well as her Bachelor's of Education from Nipissing University. When Ashton isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her scrapbooking and spending time with her family.
  • Mary, Teacher



    Mary is a certified teacher at Wellington Hall Academy teaching grade 5/6. She received her Honours in History and Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. Mary enjoys getting to connect with students on a regular basis and learning about their interests academically and outside of Sylvan. When not at Sylvan, Mary enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Nicole, Teacher



    Nicole is a Jack of all trades and full of enthusiasm! She has been with Sylvan for over 2 years and students love her infectious smile. Nicole has an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph, and is currently finishing her Masters degree. Nicole has a true passion for teaching and is willing to work through any obstacles with her students. When Nicole is not teaching, she enjoys horseback riding and practicing yoga. Namaste!
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