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Meet our Falls Church Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Scott Lindsey, Executive Director

    Scott Lindsey

    Executive Director

    Scott has over fifteen years of experience with Sylvan Learning. Recently, Scott spent several years in the Middle East opening new Sylvan centers. As a director, Scott enjoys meeting new families to determine their tutoring needs. A native of Alabama, he has lived in the DC Metro area for over thirteen years. Scott enjoys traveling, reading on the beach and Alabama football: Roll Tide
  • Lauren Richards, MULTI- CENTER DIRECTOR

    Lauren Richards


    Lauren has been a part of Sylvan for over 8 years and has multiple teaching certifications from Texas State University. She is a member of the Business in Education Partnership Advisory Committee for FCCPS and truly enjoys meeting new families and helping students find success and joy in learning. She enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and GSP puppy, Reagan.
  • Allie Levy, Program Manager/Tutor

    Allie Levy

    Program Manager/Tutor

    Allie is currently a graduate student at George Mason University studying to be a middle/high school social studies teacher. She is also in her 3rd year at Langston Hughes Middle School as an AVID lead tutor(college prep program in Fairfax County Public Schools). In her free time, she enjoys watching & playing sports, working out, traveling and hanging out with friends.
  • Bethany Peck, Lead Center Assistant

    Bethany Peck

    Lead Center Assistant

    Bethany is currently a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant with Fairfax County Public Schools. She is working on finishing her Associates in Psychology and wants to get her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, reading, snuggling with her cats, and hanging out with friends and family. 
  • Emily Nguyen, Center Assistant

    Emily Nguyen

    Center Assistant

    Emily is one of our fantastic new center assistants in Falls Church! She is a student at George Mason University studying to obtain a degree in Biology.
  • Mitzi Avignon, Center Assistant

    Mitzi Avignon

    Center Assistant

    Mitzi is also a current college student at George Mason University. Her area of focus is educational policy. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing, her cats & she has a bunny and two parrots! :)
  • Kay Van Hoven, Tutor

    Kay Van Hoven


    Kay has almost 8 years experience as a Sylvan certified teacher. She teaches Beginning Reading, Reading, Writing, Math, SAT/ACT English and Study Skills. She taught K-3 gifted and talented students and provided teacher professional development for 16 years in Potiac, MI. Kay loves to travel, read and sing in the McLean Chorale.
  • Vernon Fentress, Tutor

    Vernon Fentress


    Vernon has over nine years of experience with Sylvan and specializes in math, including higher level mathematics and SAT/ACT Math Prep. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and helps his wife run a local health spa in his spare time.
  • Chandra Ranade, Tutor

    Chandra Ranade


    Chandra has a Master of Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute and a Ph. d. from Cornell University in Economics. He also has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University to teach Secondary level mathematics. He has been teaching mathematics in high schools and Universities, including Sylvan, since 2002. Prior to that he worked for the World Bank in Washington DC.
  • Julie Eslinger, Tutor

    Julie Eslinger


    Julie graduated from Penn State with a degree in Secondary Education- Social Studies and History. She has also worked as an assistant and substitute for teachers in Fairfax County Public Schools. She enjoys working with elementary age students all the way through high school and has worked for Sylvan Learning for over 7 years and also assists with tutoring at the Alexandria location.
  • Rhyan Wong, Tutor/STEM Instructor

    Rhyan Wong

    Tutor/STEM Instructor

    Rhyan has 10+ years of teaching experience and has taught students ranging from 2 thru 14. She has worked in both the public and private sector, teaching gifted students. Rhyan holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education & a Masters degree in Instructional Technology. She also enjoys teaching Sylvan STEM camps during the summer. In her free time, Rhyan enjoys playing the piano and researching the latest educational trends of today. 
  • Ayo Fadipe, Tutor

    Ayo Fadipe


    Ayo comes to us with a Bachelors of Biological Science from University of Maryland and is an experienced math and science tutor, with over a year of Sylvan teaching experience. She also assists in Test Prep, Homework Support and Edge courses!
  • Ignatzia Kaldahl, Teacher

    Ignatzia Kaldahl


    Currently teaching English at T. C. WIlliams, Ignatzia works to imbue students with empathy and foster global citizenship. Outside of the classroom, she struggles to keep plants alive, reads whenever she can manage, and dreams of becoming a beekeeper!
  • Monica Osborn, Tutor

    Monica Osborn


    Monica is a tutor at Sylvan of Alexandria and a current 5th grade math teacher in Alexandria Public School District. She teaches reading, math, writing and study skills and has a knack for teaching kids the WHY behind the Math! She has a Bachelors of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University and has been with Sylvan for over 3 years.
  • Malaika Johnson, Lead Tutor

    Malaika Johnson

    Lead Tutor

    Malaika is an engineer in Arlington, VA with a gift for working with kids. While Malaika has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Mathematics, SAT, and ACT tutoring. She has degrees in BS Engineering, MBA & MPS Real Estate from Western Michigan University, University of Detroit-Mercy, and Georgetown University . When Malaika isn’t at Sylvan Alexandria, you’ll find her at the a movie theater, library, or spending time with family and friends
  • Sean Lewis, Tutor

    Sean Lewis


    Sean is a tutor at both our Alexandria and Falls Church locations. He currently tutors in upper level math tutoring, writing, homework, reading and study skills. He taught high school math for 5 years in Virginia and loves to make math FUN!
  • Pamela Davis, Tutor

    Pamela Davis


    Pam has been a teacher with Prince Georges County for 13 years. She is certified 1st through Middle school. She's taught every subject, and just started last summer at Sylvan of Alexandria (and currently enjoying it as well)!! Ms. Pam is currently pursuing her Masters at Bowie State University.
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