Meet our Claremont Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Fran Dyer, Franchise Owner

    Fran Dyer

    Franchise Owner

    Fran Dyer, owner of Sylvan Learning Center, has loved working in the Centers for the past 25 years. It has been a fabulously rewarding career meeting with parents, classroom teachers, and or course, the students. While Fran's career in Public Education encompasses teaching students at the Junior High level, Sylvan has provided her the opportunity to work with students from Kindergarten through High School. Sylvan has an excellent program and provided success for students at every level. Fran has both a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters Degree.
  • Jim Dyer, Franchise Owner

    Jim Dyer

    Franchise Owner

    Jim Dyer, owner of 9 Sylvan Learning Centers, spent 30 years in California Public Education. He taught high school for 8 years and was a Junior High Principal for 24 years. Jim has also taught Junior College classes in Speech and worked with Chapman University in the teacher credentialing department for the Inland Empire. In 2001 Jim began working extensively with the Sylvan Learning Centers. The best part of Sylvan for Jim is the same as it was working in Public Education....working with students and parents! Jim earned both his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters Degrees from Whittier College, Whittier, California.
  • Carli Ganet, Executive Director - Franchise Owner

    Carli Ganet

    Executive Director - Franchise Owner

    Carli Ganet is the Executive Director and Co-Owner of the 11 Sylvan Learning Centers owned by Jim and Fran Dyer. Carli received her Bachelors of Arts and Teaching Credential at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. Carli began her career with Sylvan as a student in the Rancho Cucamonga Sylvan Learning Center. She has been a Director of Education, Center Director and currently oversees the educational programs of Sylvan students as well as working with Directors and Parents. She loves working with Sylvan families!
  • Kathleen Graulty, Center Director

    Kathleen Graulty

    Center Director

    Kathleen Graulty has been with Sylvan for just over two decades ranging from a Sylvan Teacher, Lead Instructor, Enrollment Manager, and Center Director in the Diamond Bar, Etiwanda, Chino, and Claremont centers. She took a short break from Sylvan but remained in the field of education. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Kathleen co-founded an education company working with international students. Since returning to Sylvan as the Center Director at the Claremont location, Kathleen has appreciated her time working with students, parents, and the community. She looks forward to continuing to build such close and important relationships!
  • Mackenzie Hall, Tutor

    Mackenzie Hall

    Tutor

    Mackenzie graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelors's degree in Applied Mathematics.  He is currently a tutor for the Chino and Claremont Sylvan Learning Centers.  Tutoring has always been something that Mackenzie has wanted to do and he is excited to be able to help our Sylvan students succeed in Math.  During his spare time, you will find Mackenzie at home watching and reading information about sports and the weather.  
  • Lisa White, Director of Business Development

    Lisa White

    Director of Business Development

    Lisa White has worked for Sylvan Learning for close to 10 years as Director of Business Development. Prior, Lisa spent 19 years in the non profit/social services arena managing programs and services for high risk, disabled, and culturally diverse populations. Lisa earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Antioch University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pacific Southern University. Lisa has always been actively involved in her children’s school; serving as an E3 Foundation Board Member, PTA Board Member, and School Site Council Member at the Etiwanda School District. Lisa enjoys representing Sylvan throughout the community and actively engaging in networking events and business development groups. She feels that her career experience and passion for education helps to ensure that all students are afforded educational opportunities that foster growth and development. “ I am passionate about academic excellence and enjoy working in a vibrant student learning environment where students are supported and celebrated.”
  • Taryn Hartman, Director of Media Marketing

    Taryn Hartman

    Director of Media Marketing

    Taryn is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Human Resources.  As a former Center Director and Regional Director, Taryn comes to this position with a love for Sylvan Learning Centers.  
    Taryn is a mother to 4 handsome boys.  When not working you will find Taryn at the soccer fields or at the grocery store.  
  • Jenna Tonk, Tutor

    Jenna Tonk

    Tutor

    Jenna is a graduate from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. She also holds an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts and Science with an emphasis in Humanities. Ever since she was little, she always dreamed of being a teacher and she is continuing to make that childhood dream come true. Jenna loves the tutor and student bond created at the Claremont Sylvan Learning Center and enjoys witnessing children realize their potential in education.  Her favorite subjects to tutor are reading and math.
  • Melissa Daugherty, Director Assistant

    Melissa Daugherty

    Director Assistant

    Melissa is a vital part of our Sylvan staff! She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subjects Credential. Melissa also has extensive experience working as a substitute teacher in both the Cucamonga and Upland School Districts. Melissa enjoys working at Sylvan because she gets to see the students' happiness when they understand a concept that has been challenging them.
  • Leslie Miller, Tutor

    Leslie Miller

    Tutor

    Leslie has worked with students at Sylvan Learning of Claremont for approximately two years. Prior to this, she taught in the Ontario-Montclair School District for 30 years. First and second-graders won her heart; children in grades 3-6 added to her resourcefulness and creativity as an instructor. Leslie also served as a Reading First Coach, providing teaching, assessment and program support to the teachers at Richard E. Haynes Elementary School, and received her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. Leslie especially enjoys the one-on-one instructional time with children afforded her by tutoring at Sylvan. She truly loves fostering self-esteem, curiosity and independence in her student charges.
  • Sumaya Fakih, Tutor

    Sumaya Fakih

    Tutor

    Sumaya earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Riverside. She also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Science. She has been working as an after-school tutor since she was a Freshman in College and has experience working with students of all ages and capabilities both in the classroom setting and as a personal in-home tutor and caregiver. What Sumaya enjoys the most about being a tutor, mentor, and positive role model to students at the Sylvan Learning Center in Claremont, is increasing their self-esteem and helping them realize their full potential. Her favorite subjects to teach at Sylvan are Math and Geography.
  • Jenine Sahagun , Tutor

    Jenine Sahagun

    Tutor

    Jenine has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and comes to Sylvan Learning in Chino and Claremont with previous tutoring experience. She loves collaborating with students to make reading and math learning fun, meaningful, and memorable, and she especially enjoys watching their personalities come out as they attempt problems on their own. When not at Sylvan, you can find Jenine painting cats or singing along to K-Pop songs.
  • Jeremy Westfahl, Tutor

    Jeremy Westfahl

    Tutor

    Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside, and his Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine. While leading discussion sections in graduate school, he learned that he enjoyed helping students get better at math, and he went on to teach various classes at the Academic Resource Center at UC Riverside for six years. At the Sylvan of Chino and Claremont, he enjoys helping students of various ages overcome difficulties and improve at many subjects, particularly mathematics.
  • Elizabeth Mobley, Tutor

    Elizabeth Mobley

    Tutor

    Elizabeth graduated from Purdue in 2015 with a Master’s of Art in English, and she’s been teaching composition in community colleges in Texas since that time. Now, she’s working on her Ph.D. in English Literature with a concentration in women and gender studies at Claremont Graduate University. Tutoring has been a passion of Elizabeth’s since she started in the writing center at the University of Houston-Downtown and continued that work at Purdue. She’s thrilled to be at a Sylvan helping students find their groove in academic reading and writing. She’s a big anime fan and spends her spare time reading manga and comic books, watching anime series, painting, hiking, and just enjoying life in California.