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Meet our Harlingen Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Jennifer Martinez, Assistant Executive Director

    Jennifer Martinez

    Assistant Executive Director

    Jennifer Martinez is the Assistant Executive Director and enjoys working with students and families. She was born and raised in the Valley. Jennifer attended UTPA and obtained her BA in Biology then proceeded to study in Puerto Rico for 3 years. In Puerto Rico her favorite past time was jogging on the clear beaches and attending college, but now that she is back in the RGV she enjoys spending time with her close family and friends. Currently her focus is to learn Sylvan Learning Centers business opportunities and eventually become a franchisee owner or partner, so that she can help children in need excel in their academic abilities. 
  • Charles Hoskins, Center Director

    Charles Hoskins

    Center Director

    Charles Hoskins is the Sylvan of Brownsville Center Director. A former sales representative, Charles chose a career in the tutoring business because he wanted to give back, as well as enhance and advance students in the Rio Grande Valley. He studied at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. When Charles isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him at sea fishing.
  • Yuko Garcia, Director of Contract Services

    Yuko Garcia

    Director of Contract Services

    Yuko Garcia is the Director of Contract Services. She works with school districts throughout the RGV. Yuko graduated from UTRGV with a BA in International Business and MBA. For the last 19 years she has been working in the field of education making a positive impact in student’s lives and continuing to foster the next generation of leaders. Her favorite thing about working at Sylvan is “seeing student’s academic growth and knowing that we are making a difference with our kids. They are our future leaders!"
  • Brenda Sanchez, Director of Program Quality

    Brenda Sanchez

    Director of Program Quality

    As Director of Program Quality, Brenda helps aid in the preparation of materials for every specific community, school and in-house Sylvan program. Brenda also conducts teacher interviews and teacher training. Brenda graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelors in Business Administration Management. When she isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her enjoying the outdoors.
  • Deyra Pencia, Program Manager

    Deyra Pencia

    Program Manager

    As Program Manager, Deyra leads the Contract team by preparing materials for any specific programs that districts require. A former TA and STEM Teacher, Deyra chose a career in the tutoring business because she wanted to provided that extra help that students needed in order to reach their goals. Deyra attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and obtained her Bachelors in Early Childhood. When Deyra isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending quality time with her friends & family.
  • Brenda Garza, Marketing Manager

    Brenda Garza

    Marketing Manager

    As Marketing Manager, Brenda is responsible for the communication between Sylvan Learning and its potential customers. She manages and crafts promotional messages that are published in media across multiple channels. Brenda also programs events in center and throughout RGV. As a former journalist and video marketing producer, Brenda chose a career at Sylvan after tutoring students in leadership and public speaking. She studied at South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. When Brenda isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her at home creating DIY projects, gardening, traveling or watching movies with her family.
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