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Meet our Bedford Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • ELIZABETH KURLAND, Center Director


    Center Director

    As Center Director, Elizabeth leads the Sylvan Learning in Bedford . Elizabeth is a graduate of the Texas Tech University. In her free time Elizabeth loves to be around her family as much as she can. Elizabeth enjoys working with different students and building confidence in them.
  • Katie Driskell, Director of Education

    Katie Driskell

    Director of Education

    Katie oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Bedford Texas. Katie graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She holds teaching certificates in Generalist EC-6 and ESL. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading, baking and swimming. At Sylvan of Bedford, Katie works with students to guide and shape their educational development.



    Jo-Ann is a teacher at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. Jo-Ann graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Science in Literacy Education. She holds a teaching certificate in Generalist EC-6. In her free time, Jo-Ann enjoys reading, painting, cooking, and DIY craft projects. At Sylvan of Bedford, Jo-Ann looks forward to building a student’s confidence and encouraging their development.
  • Susan Lavender, Certified Tutor

    Susan Lavender

    Certified Tutor

    Susan is a teacher at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a Minor in English. She teaches HS Math, Algebra, Geometry, SAT and ACT. Susan has a wide variety of interests including reading, volleyball, and hot air ballooning. At Sylvan of Bedford, Susan enjoys helping her students meet their educational goals and goes beyond to make sure they leave with more confidence and knowledge.
  • Leslie Merrill, Certified Tutor

    Leslie Merrill

    Certified Tutor

    Leslie is a teacher at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. Leslie graduated with a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Masters in Special Education. She holds a specialist teaching certificate in EC-12, and is also a certified diagnostician in 8-12 English. In her free time, Leslie enjoys reading, writing, music and art. At Sylvan of Bedford, Leslie works with students to improve their literacy skills and build confidence. 
  • Leah Godoy, Certified Tutor

    Leah Godoy

    Certified Tutor

    Leah is a teacher at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Leah is bilingual and holds a teaching certificate in Generalist EC-4. In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, crafts and board games. At Sylvan of Bedford, Leah helps students succeed academically and build their confidence. 
  • Salman Karim Zindani, Tutor

    Salman Karim Zindani


    Sam is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. At Sylvan Learning of Bedford, Sam coaches students on Math and Algebra Edge, College Prep and Advanced Reading Strategies. In his free time, Sam enjoys reading books and kayaking. At Sylvan of Bedford, Sam looks forward to building students' confidence and encouraging their development.
  • Rachel Faeber, Certified Tutor

    Rachel Faeber

    Certified Tutor

    Rachel is a teacher at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and also has ELE Generalist for Pre-K through 4 and ELE Generalist 5-8 grade. Rachel enjoys singing, traveling, reading and meeting new people and cultures. At Sylvan of Bedford, Rachel looks forward to getting to know her students and encouraging them to excel in whatever they do in life.
  • Zain Adtani, Tutor

    Zain Adtani


    Zain is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. Zain is an undergraduate student in bio-medical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In his free time, Zain enjoys basketball, football, reading and volunteering.  At Sylvan of Bedford, Zain enjoys teaching SAT Prep students. 
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