Meet our Houston Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Cypress & Houston 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 Cypress & Houston!

  • Alysha Herrera, Center Director

    Alysha Herrera

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Alysha leads the Sylvan Learning Center of Cypress.  Alysha is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Child Learning and Development.  She also holds a teaching certificate in Generalist EC-6.  In her free time, Alysha enjoys reading, collecting postcards and playing board games. At Sylvan, Alysha loves helping students find their "wow" moments.
  • Natalie Hawkins, Director of Education

    Natalie Hawkins

    Director of Education

    Natalie oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Cypress.  Natalie is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and holds teaching certificates in Speech Therapy and Early Childhood Education.  In her free time, Natalie enjoys reading and watching her sons play sports. Natalie loves having the opportunity to teach children something new.
  • Carol-Lee Hale, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Carol-Lee Hale

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Carol-Lee is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. She later acquired a Master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. Her certifications include History 7-12th, Special Education EC-12th and English as a Second Language. In her spare time she enjoys teaching her son and spending time with him.
  • Kimberly Nickel, Certified Teacher

    Kimberly Nickel

    Certified Teacher

    Kimberly is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Cypress with a gift for working with kids. While Kim has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring Reading and Math.  Kimberly is a graduate of Baylor University and holds a teaching certificate in Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education.  In her free time, Kimberly enjoys crafts and genealogy.  
  • Antonio Avila, Certified Mathematics Tutor

    Antonio Avila

    Certified Mathematics Tutor

    Antonio is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center in Cypress with a gift for working with kids..  While Antonio has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in tutoring Math, Science and Spanish.  Antonio is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a teaching certificate in Mathematics. 
  • Cameron Pritchett, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Cameron Pritchett

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Cameron is a graduate from Buffalo State College in New York. He chose the teaching profession because he enjoys seeing a face light up when a child learns something new. In addition to academics he strives to be a mentor and help kids use education to learn life lessons. When he is not teaching he likes to fish, walk and embrace life!
  • Nina Berry Gallow, Certified Mathematics Tutor

    Nina Berry Gallow

    Certified Mathematics Tutor

    Nina is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Cypress with a gift for working with kids. While Nina has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring Algebra I, Algebra II, and Basic Skills.  Nina is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds teaching certificates in Mathematics 7-12.  In her free time, Nina enjoys working as a substitute at Cypress Fairbanks ISD.
  • Franco Herrera, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Franco Herrera

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Franco is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and 4-8 Generalist teaching certification. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from the University of Houston- Downtown. Outside of Sylvan, he works with high school & college-aged students to find the career path that’s best for them. He is a quirky, humorous instructor who loves empowering others through education. In his free time, Franco enjoys reading fantasy & sci-fi novels.
  • Julia James, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Julia James

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Julia graduated from the University of Houston with her Masters of Education (Curriculum & Instruction). She is passionate about teaching and strongly believes that all students can learn to improve their skills. She considers herself a life-long learner who enjoys time with animals and baking.
  • Mary Plumb, Certified Teacher

    Mary Plumb

    Certified Teacher

    Mary is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she earned Bachelor's degree in German Education.  After graduation, she spent 18 months in Munich, Germany, honing her language skills.  She taught for 22 years in the Klein Independent School District before retiring.  At the Sylvan of Cypress, she enjoys helping students and watching them progress as well as the opportunity to work with many different age levels and skills.
  • Alan Seals, Certified TEACHER

    Alan Seals

    Certified TEACHER

    Alan is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Cypress with a gift for working with kids.  While Alan has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in tutoring Math, Reading, and Writing. Alan is a graduate of the University of Texas Permian Basin and holds teaching certificates in Special Education EC-12, Math 4-8, and ESL EC-12.  In his free time, Alan enjoys math, history, and science. 
  • Zahabia Khurshid, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Zahabia Khurshid

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Zahabia completed her degree in Dentistry but has wanted to become a teacher to make a difference in kid’s lives. She has taught Pre-K in the chilly state of Minnesota and has settled for warmer weather here in Texas to continue her teaching career. She is looking forward to helping as many students as possible reach their academic goals.
  • Ramsha Patel, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Ramsha Patel

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Ramsha is from the Cypress area and she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Psychology. She likes teaching multiple subjects and is effective connecting with students of all ages. She is friendly and patient and is passionate about helping students reach their full potential.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, being outdoors, cooking and swimming.
  • Peter Valters, Certified Mathematics Tutor

    Peter Valters

    Certified Mathematics Tutor

    Peter is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Cypress with a gift for working with kids.  While Peter has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in tutoring Math and College Prep. Peter is a graduate of the University of Minnesota nd Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics.  In his free time, Peter enjoys family, working out, and reading.


  • Charles Raper, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Charles Raper

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Growing up in a family of educators, Charles is a tutor who is passionate about helping students understand their content while avoiding unnecessary struggles. With a degree in mechanical engineering, he has a high level of expertise in the math and science fields. In his free time, he acts as a volunteer at a local sports league. He bring a strong work ethic and fair instruction style to the Cypress team.
  • Samia Khan, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Samia Khan

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Samia holds a Bachleor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. The classroom has always remained a passion of hers. She cares deeply about each of her students that she comes contact with. Being open minded, persistent and willing to learn something new each day allows her to be what she needs to be for each student!
  • Salem James, Certified Teacher

    Salem James

    Certified Teacher

    Salem is a graduate of LaTourneau University with a Bachelors Degree in English. She holds certifications in grades 6-12, including ESL certification. The excitement on her students faces when they are learning gives her great enjoyment. In her spare time away from teaching she finds pleasure in spending time with her own children.
  • Viet Nguyen, CERTIFIED MATHEMATICS TEACHER

    Viet Nguyen

    CERTIFIED MATHEMATICS TEACHER

    Viet is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a degree in Biology. He enjoys sharing and teaching his knowledge in all subject areas. Explaining things until a student has good understanding is something he prides himself on. He believes his best quality to be his patience with others. In his spare time he enjoys reading medical and history based books.
  • Chelsea Barker, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Chelsea Barker

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Chelsea attended National University in San Diego, California where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her decision to become a teacher comes from her own love of learning. She aspires to complete a Master’s Degree in Education. In her spare time she enjoys reading and learning about new topics.
  • Gregory Lang, SYLVAN CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Gregory Lang

    SYLVAN CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Greg is a graduate of Marquette University with a Master’s Degree in History. He also earned a Master’s Degree from Prairie View A&M in Administration. He finds great satisfaction in helping others find the joy in learning. In his spare time he loves reading, writing and traveling with his wife.
  • Jessica Donlin, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Jessica Donlin

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Jessica is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she obtained a BBA in accounting and a MBA. She specializes in language arts instruction for elementary aged students. With her highly organized teaching approach, Jessica empowers students to flourish academically. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family in her free time.
  • Tara Little, CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Tara Little

    CERTIFIED TEACHER

    Tara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. She has studied at University of Houston Clear Lake and Lamar University. She is certified to teach elementary school as well as ESL. Teaching has been a rewarding profession for Tara as she loves kids. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, playing tennis and traveling.