Meet our Oakville Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Stacey McCoy, Executive Director and Franchise Owner

    Stacey McCoy

    Executive Director and Franchise Owner

    Stacey is the Executive Director and Centre Owner. A graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Stacey has taught in Ontario, Quebec, the US, and France. She is passionate about education and helping students love learning, increase their confidence and achieve success.  Stacey is responsible for meeting Sylvan's high operating standards and ensuring that our families enjoy the many benefits that Sylvan has to offer. When Stacey isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading, running, traveling and spending time with her family.
  • Tara Koster, Centre Director

    Tara Koster

    Centre Director

    Tara has over 15 years experience at Sylvan, first as a tutor and for many years as a Director of Education. As the Centre Director she oversees the operation of Sylvan in Oakville and ensures the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors. A former classroom teacher, Tara has a wealth of knowledge combined with passion to see every student achieve their academic potential. Tara graduated from McMaster University and The University of Calgary and has worked for Sylvan in both Alberta and in a number of locations in Ontario.  When Tara isn’t at work, you will find her spending time with her two daughters, reading and enjoying the outdoors. 
  • Amy Spirito, Director Of Education

    Amy Spirito

    Director Of Education

    As part of her steady rise to the Director of Education position, Amy has held every position at Sylvan and has enjoyed each one. Every day, she brings a great deal of knowledge, skill and passion to her work. Amy has taught in Ontario and in Alberta and always enjoys working with Early Elementary students. When Amy is about you will see hard work combined with laughter. She loves teaching and her students love to learn with her. Amy studied Early Childhood Education at Mohawk College in Hamilton and then received her English Degree and Teaching Degree from Nipissing University. When she is not at Sylvan, Amy is out walking with her dog or reading the latest mystery novel!
  • Sara Scriver, Teacher / STEM Leader

    Sara Scriver

    Teacher / STEM Leader

    Sara is a teacher from Mississauga, Ontario. She is passionate about teaching others, and strives to figure out her students’ struggles so they can work together to find a solution. Her goal is to boost her students’ confidence in subjects they previously struggled in, and for her students to have a fun learning experience. In her spare time, Sara enjoys doing outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking.
  • Sylvia van Walsum, Teacher

    Sylvia van Walsum


    Sylvia comes to us from Burlington. She is passionate about teaching! She teaches our Writing, Reading, and Math Programs. Patient and encouraging, she enjoys helping our students with their math challenges. Simplifying the concepts, she makes them easier to understand, and likes to make math fun! Our students adore working with her!
    Sylvia is a cheerful part of our team. She has degrees in Wildlife Biology, Teaching, and Library Science. Before she worked in office administration, she taught science at a private high school in Toronto. When she isn't teaching, you can find Sylvia on nature walks, birding, gardening, doing Tai Chi, or reading her favourite sci-fi fantasy novels.
  • Gill Layfield, Teacher

    Gill Layfield


    Gill came to Sylvan after retiring from a 28-year career as a high school English teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board. She took six months to relax after retirement and then returned as a supply teacher. She loved her supply work because it kept her connected to the kids at the school. It was the best of both worlds! Then COVID struck. Teaching online part-time with Sylvan was the perfect answer for Gill. She missed the classroom too much not to be teaching kids and helping them learn. There’s nothing like seeing your students make progress! When she's not teaching, you’ll find her reading, cooking, gardening, or playing with my two cats, Daphne and Dora.
  • Edreece Abbaszadeh, Teacher

    Edreece Abbaszadeh


    Edreece is a teacher from Oakville, ON and has specialty qualifications in primary, junior and intermediate education. He studied Kinesiology & Health Science at York University and then went on to earn his teaching degree from Brock University. He also spent some time teaching overseas at an international school in Dubai, UAE. Edreece is very patient and accommodating to the needs of his students. He strives to make his teaching equitable, meaningful and fun for all of his students. Outside of teaching, Edreece enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports and travelling to learn and experience different cultures.