Meet our Downey Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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 at 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 for 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!
  • Carlos Rodriguez, Associate Director

    Carlos Rodriguez

    Associate Director

    Hi, I'm Carlos. I am the Associate Director at Sylvan of Downey. I graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Business. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new places, working out, and spending time with my dog.
  • Juanita Castaneda, Program Assistant

    Juanita Castaneda

    Program Assistant

    Bio Coming Soon...
  • 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!
  • Ray Alpuche, Teacher

    Ray Alpuche


    Hi, I'm Mr. Ray. I have a degree in Liberal Studies in multiple subjects. I have been working in education for over 20 years. I enjoy collecting Star Wars and Marvel action figures. I love going to the beach, movies, and spending time with my wife and kids. As a family we love doing outdoor activities, especially going to Disneyland any chance we get!
  • 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 can dissect reading passages like a math problem making it easier for students to comprehend. Ms. Pam's passion and enthusiasm for teaching motivate and inspire her students!
  • Joe Farr, Math Teacher: Online Only

    Joe Farr

    Math Teacher: Online Only

    Mr. Joe is a gifted math teacher and exceptionally patient with 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 encourage them to apply what they learn on their own!
  • Vanessa Villegas, Teacher

    Vanessa Villegas


    Ms Vanessa is an experienced English teacher who has been with Sylvan Learning Center of Downey for two years. She works well with our middle school and high school students, and is an ELD teacher outside of Sylvan. Ms Vanessa is a passionate and patient teacher!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Barbara Fitzpatrick, Teacher

    Barbara Fitzpatrick


    Hi, I'm Ms. Barbara. I've been an educator for over 30 years. My husband and I are originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and we moved here with our cat five years ago. I have two daughters and one granddaughter who I love spending time with. When I'm not teaching I enjoy reading, traveling, watching movies, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers!