Meet our Frisco Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • STEPHANY ZAPATA, Executive Director


    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Stephany works closely with the Center Directors to ensure all students get the best education possible. Stephany is a graduate of Baylor University with a Math Major with Secondary Education. Stephany also holds a certification in 8-12 Mathematics. Stephany has over 10 years of experience with supplemental education. When Stephany isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing with her son and dog, cooking and traveling to where the beach is.



    As Center Director, Nikki leads the center for Sylvan of North Dallas and Highland Park. Nikki holds a B.A. in Human Development from California State University. When Nikki isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her two daughters either at soccer or gymnastics. Nikki brings years of educational experience to our Sylvan center and has worked in multiple Sylvans nationwide. Nikki is an invaluable resource to our Sylvan family.
  • NICOLE UNDERWOOD, Director of Education


    Director of Education

    Nicole oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Frisco. Nicole holds a BA in Education and is certified by the state of Texas in EC – 6 and ESL. Nicole started off with Sylvan as a teacher and specialized in teaching Reading, Math, Writing, and Study Skills. In her free time, you can find Nicole writing, reading, and playing video games. Nicole enjoys working with different students and building confidence in them.
  • Armand Parada Jackson , Tutor

    Armand Parada Jackson


    Armand is a tutor at Sylvan Learning Frisco with a gift for working with kids. Armand enjoys tutoring all subjects, but mainly Math. He is currently attending The University of North Texas as a Physics major. When Armand isn't at Sylvan, he enjoys playing guitar. 



    Daniel is a teacher at the Sylvan Learning of Frisco & McKinney. Daniel teaches Math, Algebra, Precalculus, Geometry, SAT, ACT, Physics, Chemistry, Reading and Writing at Sylvan. When not at Sylvan Daniel likes playing Piano and Keys.
  • Alex Dauenbaugh, Tutor

    Alex Dauenbaugh


    Alex is a tutor at Sylvan Learning Frisco. He tutors mostly our middle school and high school students in Math, but enjoys learning and growing with all of his students. He is a recent graduate of Plano East Senior High in Plano, and he is currently majoring in Biochemistry at the University of Texas in Austin. When Alex isn't at Sylvan, he enjoys soccer, sports, and reading.