Meet our Albany Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Patrick McNamara, Executive Director

    Patrick McNamara

    Executive Director

    Patrick oversees operations at the Sylvan Learning Centers of Albany and Clifton Park and acts as the Center Director in Albany. He knows the value of a high quality education and is committed to ensuring that each family has a positive experience at Sylvan. Prior to purchasing his Sylvan Learning Centers, Patrick was an attorney in private practice in New York City. He was raised in Clinton, New York and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his law degree from Boston College Law School.
  • Carla Ronk, Director of Education

    Carla Ronk

    Director of Education

    Carla is responsible for overseeing each student’s academic progress at Sylvan. She earned a Bachelor’s in English and Master's in Secondary Education from SUNY Albany, and has been working for Sylvan since 2010. First as a teacher and now as Director of Education, Carla really enjoys working with the students and families to attain their individual goals. Our Sylvan students inspire her to continually find and refine new teaching techniques and content, plus, they often have great suggestions for new reads from the Best-Seller list.
  • Colleen Codden, Lead Teacher

    Colleen Codden

    Lead Teacher

    Colleen oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Clifton Park. She previously worked in the Clifton Park Sylvan center as a teacher and Director of Education and has taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades at a private school. She holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Sage Graduate School. Colleen enjoys working with students in Sylvan's individualized setting and being able to give them lots of attention!
  • Krista Vincent, Lead Teacher

    Krista Vincent

    Lead Teacher

    Krista started working at Sylvan during the summer of 2015. Krista holds her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from the College of St. Rose and is certified in Childhood Education (grades 1-6), Special Education, and English Language Arts (grades 7-9). Currently, she teaches 2nd grade in Albany. Krista has really enjoyed getting to know the students at Sylvan. She loves being able to teach students in a variety of grades and see their success. In her spare time, Krista enjoys traveling, baking, and reading.
    Krista tutors students in reading, math, writing, study skills, SAT/ACT prep, GED prep and prep for state tests at the Albany Sylvan Learning Center.
  • Elise Charlebois, Teacher

    Elise Charlebois


    Elise has been with Sylvan since the fall of 2013. She is a State Certified Mathematics teacher and works for the Shenendehowa School District as a substitute teacher for Math, Science, French and English classes.  In her spare time, Elise works at Schenectady Civic Players running lights, house managing at Capital Repertory Theatre and singing with the Clifton Park Community Chorus.

    Elise tutors students at the Albany and Clifton Park Sylvan Centers in Math, Reading , Study Skills and SAT/ACT Prep.
  • Harriet McGowan, Teacher

    Harriet McGowan


    Harriet has been with Sylvan since 2002, and she has over 30 years of teaching experience. Her teaching certification is in Secondary Education – English and Social Studies. Since working at Sylvan, Harriet has taught many of our high school students, but she has also become one of our most requested Beginning Reading teachers. She enjoys having a chance to work with the young learners, and they love working with her as well!

    Harriet tutors students at the Albany Sylvan Center in Reading, Writing, Study Skills, Elementary Math and SAT/ACT prep.
  • John Waterfield, Teacher

    John Waterfield


    John has been with Sylvan since 2016, and has 4 years of teaching experience.  John was a History major in college, so he is particularly effective with social studies and history students, but ultimately he enjoys figuring out how each student learns best, so that he can adjust his teaching methods to match that student's learning style.   John received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from SUNY Albany.  John teaches reading, writing, math, study skills, and SAT/ACT prep.
  • Mechele Meyers, Teacher

    Mechele Meyers


    Mechele recently joined Sylvan after retiring from a long career in education, largely in Maryland. Mechele is particularly happy to be teaching again, especially in a setting where she can provide personalized attention to students who she can see improve from week to week. Michele teaches Math, Reading, Writing and Study Skills in the Albany Center.
  • Anna McKee, Lead Teacher

    Anna McKee

    Lead Teacher

    Anna is a newer addition to the Sylvan team but has already settled in nicely, bringing with her a positive energy and a passion for working with students. Anna’s background is in Early Childhood/Childhood Education, and she has spent the past decade working with children who range in age from infancy to 10 years old. Her current Sylvan students include a lot of “little ones,” but she thoroughly enjoys working with middle school and high school students as well! Anna tutors students at the Albany Sylvan Center in Reading, Writing, Math, and Study Skills.
  • Tyson Luneau, Teacher

    Tyson Luneau


    Tyson began working at Sylvan in the summer of 2019. He is currently pursuing a PhD in history at the University at Albany, where he studies Modern Russia and Europe. He previously taught middle and high school social studies in Massachusetts and Oklahoma, where he worked in Title I schools and served in various leadership positions at those schools . He also has extensive experience working with students who are English language learners. Tyson received bachelor’s degrees in history and education from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Tyson tutors students at the Albany Sylvan Center in Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills, Homework Support, and SAT/ACT prep.
  • Madhavi Sahay, Teacher

    Madhavi Sahay


    Madhavi has over 25 years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and undergraduate levels. She is one of our math and science experts here at Sylvan!  Madhavi seeks to spark academic interest in her students and to motivate them to make a difference in society with what they learn.  She loves seeing the smile on a student’s face when something taught is understood. In her free time, Madhavi enjoys playing Hawaiian guitar, painting, sewing, and playing Ping-Pong.
    Madhavi tutors students at the Albany Sylvan Center in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Reading, and SAT/ACT prep.
  • Pete Randazzo, Teacher

    Pete Randazzo


    Pete has been a member of the Sylvan team since 2020 and has over 3 years of classroom experience. Pete likes working at Sylvan because he enjoys seeing the kids laughing while they’re learning. He feels that teaching should always be about the students, and watching them enjoy the process makes it all the more worthwhile! In his free time,  Pete enjoys writing, cycling, and playing rugby for the Albany Knickerbockers. Pete tutors students at the Albany Sylvan Center in Reading, Math, Study Skills and Social Studies.
  • Dominique Morehouse, Teacher

    Dominique Morehouse


    Dominique has been with the Albany Sylvan since June of last year but worked at another Sylvan many years ago.  She has 20+ years of teaching experience with both younger and older students. Dominique enjoys helping her students be successful with whatever topic they are struggling and loves to see them experience that “Aha” moment!
    Dominique tutors students at the Albany Sylvan Center in Reading and Math.