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Meet our Hermosa Beach Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Amber Castillo, Executive Director

    Amber Castillo

    Executive Director

    Amber Castillo oversees the operations of Sylvan of Hermosa Beach. A former teacher in Los Angeles and the United States Air Force officer, Amber brings a wealth of knowledge to our center. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master's in Human Relations and from Boston University with a Bachelor's in Linguistics and minors in International Relations and Mathematics. When Amber isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her with her children, family, and friends, cooking, exercising, and appreciating the arts and outdoors.
  • Jessica Watkins, Assistant Director

    Jessica Watkins

    Assistant Director

    Jessica leads the daily operations for Sylvan of Hermosa Beach and has been with Sylvan for over 14 years. As a current RBUSD employee, Jessica also chose a career in the tutoring business because she loves helping students be the best they can be. Jessica studied at Arizona State University. When Jessica isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her at the beach and spending time with family and friends.
  • Maya Joudi, Tutor

    Maya Joudi


    Maya Joudi is Sylvan-certified to teach mathematics and science to students K-12 and has been with Sylvan of Hermosa Beach since October 2019. She just graduated from Long Beach State University, where she majored in Statistics. Maya is from Lebanon, where she attended an international high school. Maya loves working with all ages. 
  • Julie Baldwin, Tutor

    Julie Baldwin


    Julie is a tutor with the gift of working with students of all ages and has done so for over 25 years. Julie is a trained literacy expert with the Lawndale Elementary School District. While she has many talents, Julie finds her greatest joy in teaching Literacy and Phonics skills. Julie currently studies at El Camino College as a life-long learner.
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