Meet our Houston Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Jeneisa Davis, Center Director

    Jeneisa Davis

    Center Director

    Jeneisa oversees the educational integrity of our programs. She also manages and trains our team of exceptional tutors. She is a graduate of the Texas Lutheran University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Multidiscipline Studies with her teaching certification in EC-6 Generalist. In her free time, Jeneisa enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family. While teaching, Jenesia enjoyed seeing the children excited about school, and learning and seeing them reach their full potential. Her excitement for children is one of the reasons she came to Sylvan.
  • Ashley Walsh, Director of Education

    Ashley Walsh

    Director of Education

    Ashley oversees the integrity of our students’ programs and the overall experience of our Sylvan families as the Director of Education. After her coursework at LSC Kingwood, she has gone on to raise a family in the Atascocita area and spent extended time as a valued Sylvan team member. She is passionate about helping children learn, build confidence and be successful. During her free time, Ashley enjoys being with her boys during sports activities, reading or RVing with her husband and dogs.
  • Taylor Wilson, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Taylor Wilson


    Taylor is a graduate of University of Houston-Downtown where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and minored in Sociology and Communications. She is Texas Certified in ELAR 4-8. Taylor is a smart, kind, and joyful educator who loves to expand her students’ knowledge in Reading. In her free time, Taylor loves to garden, run, and spend time with her kitten.

    Joseph Rodriguez


    Joseph is a tutor at Sylvan Learning in Atascocita with a gift for working with kids. While Joseph has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in tutoring Reading, Math, and STEM. Joseph is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, University of Phoenix, and Walden University and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Technology. In his free time, Joseph enjoys working with new and existing technology.

    Pamela Josey


    Pamela is a graduate of Paul Quinn College where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and The University of Houston where she earned a Master’s of Education Degree. She also holds teacher certification for the state of Texas. Pamela loves teaching because she really enjoys helping children appreciate learning and she is especially passionate about helping students understand math. Pamela is a flexible and passionate individual who loves reading, completing puzzles, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time. 

    Abby McDonald


    Abby is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University where she earned a Bachelor's in Mathematics and a Master’s in Data Science and Analytics . Abby is a compassionate and creative educator. She became a teacher because she enjoys helping students find a love for learning. In her free time, Abby is a costumer for her teenage daughter’s theater company and is a CASA volunteer for child advocates.

    Ava Howard


    Ava attended and graduated from Texas Southern University and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading and English. She is a Texas certified teacher for grades K-8. Ava recently retired after years of teaching in the classroom and now enjoys staying busy helping others. Teaching is a love of Ava’s as she really enjoys watching students become successful. She loves volunteering her time, reading, and watching movies in her free time.

    Bryce Newsom


    Bryce graduated from The University of Houston, Clear Lake with a Bachelor of History degree. He has also will obtain his Texas Teaching Certificate very soon. He really loves teaching and enjoys helping students of all ages to better themselves through increased knowledge. Bryce is a very punctual, flexible, and task driven teacher who really enjoys watching/playing baseball and drawing in his free time. 
  • Jzavela Dougherty, SYLVAN CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Jzavela Dougherty


    Jzavela graduated from St. Edwards University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She also has a Master’s Degree in Human Services from the University of Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion Degree from Universal Life Seminary. She began her career in social work and had opportunities to work in adult education. Over time, she became more involved with teaching children at all levels and she found that to be something she really enjoyed. She considers herself to be empathetic, passionate, and caring. In her free time, she enjoys humanitarian service and outreach, attending concerts, and visiting the theatre and museums.” 
  • Angelia Idlebird, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Angelia Idlebird


    Ms. Idlebird is a graduate of Lamar University, where she earned degrees in Childcare and Human Development, and Counseling and Human Development. Ms. Idlebird holds a teaching certificate in Grades 1-6, ESL Grades 1-6, and school counselor grades EC -12. She is a very caring educator; she became a teacher because she enjoys helping others become successful. In her free time, Ms. Idlebird loves dancing, solving puzzles, and traveling. 
  • Michelle Sappah, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Michelle Sappah


    Michelle is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She also holds Texas Teacher Certification for Early Childhood, Grades 1-8, and English as a Second Language. Michelle is a very outgoing, friendly, compassionate, and flexible teacher who enjoys reading, traveling, and learning new things. She also enjoys teaching because she feels it gives her the opportunity to see changed lives.
  • Fanesea Thompson, SYLVAN CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Fanesea Thompson


    Fanesea is a graduate of Long Beach College of Business and Sothern Technical College. She has been working toward her Texas Special Education teacher certification and will have it very soon. Fanesea is also a Minister and Pastor of Worship. She is a very kind and loving individual who enjoys teaching to assist students in achieving their best. Outside of tutoring at Sylvan, she really enjoys time with her ministry, music, and community outreach.