Meet our Anchorage Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Jennifer, Executive Director


    Executive Director

    Jennifer has been a director with the Sylvan Learning Center since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. After graduating college she attended the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida where she attained her commercial multi-engine instrument flight ratings. As a Certified Flight Instructor she trained pilots for the SwissAir Flight School and was a Check Airman, where she evaluated students on checkrides for issuance of flight licenses.
  • Daneka, Center Director


    Center Director

    Daneka is the Center Director at Sylvan Learning Centers of Alaska and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and Genetics from Purdue University. She is an experienced educational professional that previously held the position of Special Education Resource Teacher in Florida. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Special Education but still takes the time to enjoy spending time with her son.
  • Christopher, Assistant Director


    Assistant Director

    As the Assistant Center Director, Christopher is the Jack of All Trades at the Anchorage Center. He might be found training teachers, prepping STEM Coding/Robotics camps, and of course, teaching students. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Christopher spent time teaching Science, Math, Business and ESL in Anchorage for 2 years, followed by private ESL instruction in Shenzhen, Guangdong and 1 year as visiting professor at Ningbo Polytechnic in Ningbo, Fujian, China. He enjoys listening to audiobooks, playing and creating games, and long-distance biking.
  • Brenda, Lead Teacher/Admin


    Lead Teacher/Admin

    Brenda was born and raised in Puerto Rico before moving to Maryland for school. She graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Brenda has taught Spanish as a second language for several years in both Alaska and Washington. Brenda enjoys teaching Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills, and Homework Support at Sylvan Learning Center!
  • Anne, Instructor



    Anne graduated from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in French. She received a Reading Specialist Certificate endorsement in K-12 from Pennsylvania State University. First she taught French and Reading for 7 ½ years in Pennsylvania, then 25 years for the Anchorage School District for Middle School French and Reading. She is currently a special education teacher’s aide for the Anchorage School District and has at been a tutor at Sylvan Learning Center of Anchorage since 2010 where she teaches several subjects including Math, Reading, Writing, Beginning Reading and Study Skills.
  • PaHoua, Instructor



    PaHoua graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, then went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin Madison. After her PhD she earned an Education Endorsement in Chemistry from Edgewood College. PaHoua started working for the Anchorage School District as a Chemistry teacher in 1999, she still works for ASD but now works in the ELL program at Bartlett High School. PaHoua has been a math and science tutor with Sylvan Learning Center of Anchorage since 1999.
  • Ric, Instructor



    Ric spent over 25 years teaching in Anchorage, Alaska at Birchwood ABC Elementary. Before that, he worked as a Radio Announcer in Guam! Ric holds a Bachelor in Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and loves both learning about and teaching History, Social Studies, and Science. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, playing with his grandkids, and dreaming of having the power of flight.
  • Maddy, Instructor



    Maddy connects with students of all ages. She holds a Bachelor in Elementary Education from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. A truly hard worker, Maddy double majored in Reading Instruction and English Language Learning. She has previously spent 2 years teaching 4th grade in Indiana and has volunteered to coach sports throughout her life. Maddy likes arts and crafts, swimming, reading, and loves chocolate.
  • Michael, Instructor



    Michael has been a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center in Anchorage since 2006  and he teaches Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills, Test Prep, Science and more.. He tutors most subjects including sciences and high math. He obtained a dual Bachelor of Science in Education and Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Michigan State University. Then he attended Central Michigan University for his Masters in Administration. After traveling for 3 years with the Ringling Brothers Circus with his act on stilts, he joined the Air Force where he dedicated 20 years of service.