Meet our Anchorage Tutoring Staff

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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

    Jennifer

    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

    Daneka

    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

    Christopher

    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.
  • Jessica, Center Manager

    Jessica

    Center Manager

    Jessica, our Center Manager, has a long history of education, starting in her home country of Germany. She has an Einzelhandel/Bürokaufmann in Business, a high school diploma from the US, and a Medical Technician’s Certificate from Meditec in Austin, Texas. She’s traveled to many places around the world but admires Sweden most, for its fascinating history and monuments. Jessica is truly a positive impact in the center!
  • Brenda, Lead Teacher/Admin

    Brenda

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Angela, Instructor

    Angela

    Instructor

    Angela is a science teacher from Wyoming who teaches at Birchwood Christian School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Wyoming. She enjoys thinking through challenging concepts and spending time with horses – her favorite animal.
  • Joan , Instructor

    Joan

    Instructor

    Joan is a world traveler and has lived in California, Turkey, Washington, and Norway before landing here in Alaska, where she has taught for the Anchorage School District since 2013. Joan currently holds a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. Outside of the classroom, Joan raises two cockatiels named Soleil and Sweetie. 
  • Sabine, Instructor

    Sabine

    Instructor

    Sabine is an encouraging, supporting teacher with a gift for working with kids. While she has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring high school math and science. Sabine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality and Restaurant Management and Languages from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Aside from teaching, her long-term goal is to open a comfort food restaurant of her own!