Meet our Federal Way Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Darcy Webb, Director of Education

    Darcy Webb

    Director of Education

    Darcy has worked for Sylvan since 1991, becoming the owner of the Federal Way center in 2000. What does she love most about working at Sylvan? The chance to give families hope and to change the trajectory of a child's life, one family at a time. She has a B.A. in Communication Arts and an M.A. in Education from Austin College in Sherman, TX. She taught 4th and 6th grade in Texas before returning to her native Washington.  When Darcy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her: hiking, mountain climbing, reading, fostering cats, and hanging out with her family and friends.
  • Pat Farmer, Teacher

    Pat Farmer

    Teacher

    Pat is a retired elementary teacher in Federal Way, WA with a gift for working with kids. While Pat has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied Elementary Education at Bowling Green University in Ohio. What she enjoys most about teaching at Sylvan is seeing students developing their problem-solving skills, their confidence, and their success in meeting their own goals.  When Pat isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, going to the theater, rooting for her favorite Duke basketball team, playing Jeopardy and board games, and spending lots of time with her granddaughter, Hannah.
  • LeeAnn Hardt, Teacher

    LeeAnn Hardt

    Teacher

    LeeAnn is a teacher in Federal Way, WA with a gift for working with kids. While LeeAnn has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at the University of Montana. When LeeAnn isn't at Sylvan, you’ll find her sewing, reminiscing about her travels through Europe, or reading Christian novels and murder-mysteries.
  • Benita Slaeker, Teacher

    Benita Slaeker

    Teacher

    Benita enjoys building relationship with her students and the satisfactions of seeing them achieve their goals while improving their confidence. Her hobbies include painting in acrylics, genealogy research, World History and mostly US History. One of favorite places to visit is Ireland. The sheer beauty of the natural landscapes including the cliffs. There is a rich and intriguing history with some physical representations remaining in the forms of old castles, monasteries and churches. Benita attained her credentials from Central Washington University. 
  • Brittany Barber, Teacher

    Brittany Barber

    Teacher

    Brittany is a Philadelphia native who received her bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and her teaching certificate from the University of Washington. Her teaching enjoyments encompass assisting students reach their full academic potential and tackling new challenges. She enjoys yoga, watching, and/or listening to baseball games. Brittany also enjoys reading, exploring The Great Northwest, traveling across the country, and spending time with friends. She is a big sports fan, supporting the Eagles and the Nationals…that’s ok we don’t hold it again her! 
  • Tami Zeitier, Teacher

    Tami Zeitier

    Teacher

    Tami is our home-grown teacher and she has been teaching at the Federal Way Sylvan since 2016. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Science Education. Swimming and reading just about everything is her hobby. Right now, she is captivated by science fiction and fantasy books. With its beautiful country scenery and great people, one of her favorite places to visit in Costa Rica. Her love and joy for teaching come from helping students build their skills and their confidence.
  • Brett Gunderson, Math and SAT Prep Teacher

    Brett Gunderson

    Math and SAT Prep Teacher

    Brett Gunderson was born in Gig Harbor. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Marketing. Brett specialized in tutoring students in all levels of math, study skills, the math side of SAT Prep. When he is not teaching, Brett enjoys camping and hiking in the mountains, traveling or road trips around the Northwest, and biking around the city. Brett’s enjoyment of teaching comes from seeing students get better in their problem areas, improving their grades and understanding of the subject so they get the point they enjoy it. 
  • Joslyn Pocock , Math and SAT Prep Virtual Teacher

    Joslyn Pocock

    Math and SAT Prep Virtual Teacher

    Joslyn Pocock has been a Sylvan math teacher for years. Currently, she teaches only virtually, but we’d welcome her back to the center heartily. Of all the places she has visited, she likes South Africa and India. South Africa has beautiful animals, and she was impressed by the beautiful countryside in India, as well as the Taj Mahal. Her hobbies include photography and reading – especially reading Historical Sagas, such as those written by John Jakes.
  •   Karlee Lott , Lead Teacher

    Karlee Lott

    Lead Teacher

    Karlee Lott has a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a focus in child development, from Oregon State University and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Teaching with the goal of teaching in her own elementary classroom. She is very creative and loves to draw, paint, and create, and she also has an impressive amount of knowledge about Pokemon. When asked what she likes best about working at Sylvan, her response was: I love supporting learners and helping them set their goals and achieve them. Getting to see the progress and success of my learners is the most rewarding aspect of my job. 
  • Hans Klubberud, Teacher

    Hans Klubberud

    Teacher

    Hans Klubberud grew up in Graham, Washington, and really enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and landscaping. He has a degree in Elementary Education and is a valuable Sylvan team member, tutoring students in math, reading, and writing. His enjoyment of teaching comes from seeing students become able to pursue their own educational interests.
  • Dean Tracy, Teacher

    Dean Tracy

    Teacher

    Dean Tracy has a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Poli-sci from UC San Diego. One of his favorite places he has visited is Cuba, specifically Havana. He really enjoyed the adventure and learning about Cuba; their culture and architecture and beaches were all amazing. His hobby includes all things related to Martial Arts. He enjoys reading philosophy, fantasy, and sci-fi – when you have a chance, ask him what he thought of the new Dune movie. His favorite thing about teaching at Sylvan is getting to know the students. Knowing the students on a personal level makes the academic achievements more rewarding.  
  • Madeline Hazenberg , Administrative Assistant

    Madeline Hazenberg

    Administrative Assistant

    Madeline Hazenberg joined us in December of 2021 as an Administrative Assistant. She is a local girl who attended Decatur High School (go Gators!) and graduated WWU with a BA in Sociology. Maddy enjoys working at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center as the front-of-the-house coordinator. Her hobbies include photography, taking care of her plants, and reading fiction novels. When asked what she likes best about working in an education field she responded: Seeing the “lightbulb” moment when a student connects with what they are learning and also watching them enjoy learning – sometimes for the first time.