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Meet our Downey Tutoring Staff


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

  • Adriene White-Scott, Owner

    Adriene White-Scott


    Ms. Adriene is the owner of Sylvan Learning Center of Downey. She took this location over in the beginning of 2020, and has over 10 years of experience at Sylvan! Ms Adriene has a background in education and law enforcement, so her tough love on our students helps produce amazing results! She trusts the Sylvan method so much that her own daughter went through Sylvan. Educating and motivating students to be the best version of themselves is a passion of hers! You can trust Adriene to always make the best recommendation for your child!
  • Fiona Koehler, Director of Education

    Fiona Koehler

    Director of Education

    Ms. Fiona is the Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center of Downey. She graduated from Pacific Oaks College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and is currently working towards a Master's Degree. Ms. Fiona has over 5 years of experience in education from the preschool level all the way to the high school level. Ms. Fiona is dedicated to ensuring that your student is matched to the best teacher to suit their learning needs, and monitors all students as they work towards their goals! When she isn't at Sylvan, Ms. Fiona enjoys spending time with her mother and siblings.
  • Corina Ramirez, Program Assistant

    Corina Ramirez

    Program Assistant

    Ms. Corina is the Program Assistant for Sylvan Learning Center in Downey. She is currently working both online and in person with Sylvan, and works well with all age groups. Ms. Corina has the unique responsibility of reviewing students academic dashboards and portals to ensure they are up to date on their homework. Ms. Corina is a patient and motivating teacher, who is always working to bring out the best in a student!
  • Ray Alpuche, Teacher

    Ray Alpuche


    Mr. Ray is a kind and passionate teacher working with students in Kindergarten up to Sixth grade. He works as a reading intervention specialist for Downey Unified, and teaches online for Sylvan of Downey. Mr. Ray has two young children of his own and is very patient and caring towards his students. When he isn't teaching, Mr. Ray enjoys collecting action figures and watching Marvel movies.
  • Steven Morgenthaler, Teacher

    Steven Morgenthaler


    Mr. Steven is a veteran Sylvan of Downey teacher and has a passion for teaching. Mr. Steven works for the Anaheim School District and teaches online for Sylvan. Mr. Steven works with students who are in Kindergarten to Eighth grade and is incredibly patient. When he isn't teaching, Mr. Steven writes song lyrics and poetry!
  • Pamela Stubblefield, Teacher

    Pamela Stubblefield


    Ms. Pam is a patient teacher whose knowledge is limitless! Sylvan Learning Center of Downey is blessed to share Ms. Pam's time with Sylvan in Culver City. Ms. Pam works inside our center and works well with our middle school and high school students. She is gifted at all levels of math, and is able to dissect reading passages like a math problem making it easier for students to comprehend. Ms. Pam's passion and enthusiasm for teaching motivates and inspires her students!
  • Joe Farr, Teacher

    Joe Farr


    Mr. Joe is a gifted math teacher and exceptionally patient towards middle school and high school students. We are blessed to share Mr. Joe's talents with Sylvan of Northridge. Mr. Joe teaches online for Sylvan of Downey. He has a vast range of knowledge and guides his students through the appropriate steps to find answers on their own. Mr. Joe's methods motivate students and encourages them to apply what they learn on their own!
  • Julianna Bravo, Teacher

    Julianna Bravo


    Ms. Julie, affectionately known by her students as Ms. J, works online and in person with Sylvan Learning Center of Downey. Ms. J's background is in athletic instruction and she has the unique ability to bring locker room level strategy and motivation tactics into the classroom. Ms. J works with students in Kindergarten to Sixth grade in both math and reading. She cares deeply for all of her students and wants them to be the very best versions of themselves!
  • Cassandra Beccera, Teacher

    Cassandra Beccera


    Ms. Cassandra is a teacher who believes in tough love and see's a lot of results because of it! Ms. Cassandra works as a Special Education Teacher for LAUSD, and works both online and in person with Sylvan of Downey. Ms. Cassandra has a passion for writing, and is the lead teacher for our writing program. She works with students in Kindergarten to Eighth grade, as well as those with special needs. She is compassionate and tough, and her students love her for it!
  • Maria Fuerte, Teacher

    Maria Fuerte


    Ms. Maria is a kind and patient teacher who assists with our School Support program. She works with students in TK to Sixth grade in both math and reading. Ms. Maria is detail oriented and effective working with our younger students. You will often see Ms. Maria sporting Stitch or Cinderella merchandise as they are her favorite characters!
  • Vanessa Villegas, Teacher

    Vanessa Villegas


    Ms Vanessa is an experienced English teacher who is currently teaching online with Sylvan Learning Center of Downey. She works well with our middle school and high school students.
  • Avril Castillo, Teacher

    Avril Castillo


    Ms Avril is a bilingual teacher who currently works online for Sylvan Learning Center of Downey. She is a patient teacher who works with our K-6 students on reading and math. She does an excellent job keeping our young students engaged in the online platform!
  • Cristian Sanchez, Teacher

    Cristian Sanchez


    Mr Cristian is a fun and patient online teacher who we are blessed to share with other Sylvan locations. Mr Cristian specializes in history and Study Skills, but he is also an excellent teacher in reading and math. He is an online teacher with us and works well with students of all ages!
  • Owen Schumacher , Teacher

    Owen Schumacher


    Mr Owen is a reading teacher for Sylvan Learning Center of Downey. When he isn't teaching at Compton College, he is teaching inside our location. Mr Owen works well with our middle school and high school students! He has great motivation strategies and helps students understand what they are reading rather than just reading it!
  • Mali Robleto, Teacher

    Mali Robleto


    Ms Mali is an in center teacher who works well with our K-5 students! While Ms Mali primarily teaches reading, she also has a gift for math! She is a patient teacher who enjoys working with our young students!
  • Jorge Agredano, Teacher

    Jorge Agredano


    Mr Jorge is a patient and fun-loving teacher who works well with our 5th grade-12th grade students in reading. He has a knack for working with more challenging students or students with distraction issues. Mr Jorge loves teaching and his passion helps motivate students!
  • Elvin Rivera, Teacher

    Elvin Rivera


    Mr Elvin is one of our exceptional math teachers who works both in our center and online with Sylvan of Downey. Mr Elvin works very well with our 6-12th grade students. He does an excellent job at breaking down complicated math and science concepts into bite-sized pieces, with tons of patience.
  • Gerardo Flores, Teacher

    Gerardo Flores


    Mr Gerardo is a substitute teacher for LAUSD and works inside our location at Sylvan of Downey. Mr Gerardo works well with our TK-5th grade students, as well as our students with special needs. He is a patient teacher who teaches reading and math.
  • Yesenia Cuarenta, Teacher

    Yesenia Cuarenta


    Ms Yesenia is an intervention teacher for Paramount School District and works inside our Sylvan of Downey location. Ms Yesenia works with our TK-5th grade students in reading, and often interprets for our bilingual parents. Ms Yesenia is a kind and patient teacher who loves working with our younger students.
  • Catherine Bravo, Teacher

    Catherine Bravo


    Ms Bravo is a reading and math teacher who works inside of our Sylvan of Downey location. She has a plethora of experience in the education field and works well with all age groups! 
  • Deborah Martinez, Teacher

    Deborah Martinez


    Ms Debbie has been with the Sylvan of Downey location since it opened 20 years ago! She is a true veteran and has a lot of experience in education. Ms Debbie also works with LAUSD! At Sylvan, Ms Debbie works with our K-6th grade students in reading and math. 
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