Meet our Surrey Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Melanie Bannister, Centre Director

    Melanie Bannister

    Centre Director

    As Centre Director, Melanie uses her leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills to ensure that students at our White Rock/South Surrey location receive individual attention to boost their learning and self-confidence. Melanie graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1990 with a teaching degree and strong background in math and sciences. She began her career with Sylvan in 1992 as a teacher, and soon worked her way up to Centre Director. She continually inspires her students.  "If you believe, you can achieve," she says. "I love empowering kids to reach their goals." 
  • Suzanne Fernandes, Lead Teacher

    Suzanne Fernandes

    Lead Teacher

    Suzanne has been with White Rock Sylvan Learning since 2012. She tutors students in SylvanSync Reading and Math, Beginning Reading, Academic Writing, and Homework Support.  She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. Suzanne says, “I enjoy providing students with strategies to help them succeed. None of my degrees or accolades can compare to the sense of pride on a student’s face when they know they can do it!”  When she’s not at Sylvan, Suzanne enjoys exploring the beauty of British Columbia, dancing, and spending time with family. She uses her experiences to share engaging stories with students, helping to make connections between learning and life.