Meet our Los Angeles Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Erik Lenington, Center Director

    Erik Lenington

    Center Director

    Erik has recently joined our team from Montana, where he was a music teacher for students in grades K-12.  Erik has many tutoring talents, and finds his greatest joy in teaching kids in grades K-6.  Erik studied at Montana State University.  When he isn't at Sylvan, you'll probably find Erik catching a Dodger's game!
  • Val Aquino, Education Coordinator

    Val Aquino

    Education Coordinator

    Val has been with Sylvan since 2017 and he loves to engage our students with his creative attitude and sincere appreciation in seeing kids reach their potential. With a Bachelor's Degree in Community Development and Education, from the Philippines and Thailand respectively, Val has been teaching for 30 years. His major outlook in life is to make a difference during the formative years of the students he teaches and mentors. When he is not at Sylvan, you can find Val creating videos in the kitchen, as he is a master chef!
  • KAYLA BATE, TEACHER

    KAYLA BATE

    TEACHER

    Although Kayla recently joined us, her background in tutoring and mentoring elementary students during her university years has helped her adjust well to our Sylvan program. A graduate from Long Beach State, with a degree in Fine Arts Animation. When not at Sylvan, she enjoys hanging out with her two cats, reading novels and comic books, and playing video games. But her passion truly lies in working on her art projects during her spare time. 
  • MARNISHA E. MINTLOW, TEACHER

    MARNISHA E. MINTLOW

    TEACHER

    Marnisha has been with our Sylvan Learning Center since August 2019. A Marine Veteran who graduated from Grantham University, she loves sharing with her students all the wonderful things she learned in life, and inspire them to develop and grow and become better individuals. When she is not teaching here at the center, Marnisha spends her free time singing, watching TV, shopping, and traveling. She sees herself as a life-long learner who enjoys learning something, about anything, from everyone. 
  • MIKE BRAVO, TEACHER

    MIKE BRAVO

    TEACHER

    Mike has been a part of the Sylvan family since June 2018. A graduate from UC Sta. Cruz, he has been an LAUSD Middle School Teacher for many years. Mike is a sports enthusiast and could spend hours talking about the topic. During his leisure times, he enjoys swimming, basketball, playing the piano, watching movies, listening to music, or just plain and simply teaching. What he enjoys most in life is to make his students smarter and help guide them in achieving their goals.