Meet our Hermosa Beach Tutoring Staff

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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, is passionate about education, and has dedicated her life to serving the community. Amber is a California-credentialed Multiple Subjects teacher who taught grades 1-5 for eleven years. Amber, a proud U.S. Air Force veteran, 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.
  • Candice Sandoval, Tutor

    Candice Sandoval

    Tutor

    Candice is a tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Candice has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in liberal arts. Candice studied at California State University of Fullerton and received her bachelor's in liberal arts. She loves to teach and cultivate an environment for the future bold thinkers of our generation.
  • Jennifer Whitman , Tutor

    Jennifer Whitman

    Tutor

    Jennifer is a Chemistry and Math tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for working with kids. Jennifer is currently studying Environmental Science at Oregon State University and is projected to finish in 2022. Despite going back to university, Jennifer continues to help tutor kids virtually.
  • 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.
  • Jose Gallegos, Tutor

    Jose Gallegos

    Tutor

    Jose is a tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for working with kids. Jose has studied in California State University of Long Beach receiving a Bachelor's in History and is working on his single subject teaching credentials in Social Studies. He strives to be a dependable resource for the future working minds.
  • Julie Baldwin, Tutor

    Julie Baldwin

    Tutor

    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.
  • Julie Welch, Tutor

    Julie Welch

    Tutor

    Julie is an English, Math and Writing tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for working with kids. Julie studied at the University of Arizona in Tucson to receive her BA in English Literature and Composition. She also studied at the University of Phoenix in Los Angeles to receive her Master's in Adult Education and Training.
  • Katrina Almeida, Tutor

    Katrina Almeida

    Tutor

    Katrina is an English tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Katrina has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring English. She studied at the University of California Los Angeles, receiving a BA in Political Science and International Relations and a certificate for Teaching English as a Second Language. She also studied at the Southwestern University of Law. When she is not at Sylvan, Katrina teaches K-12 for or the Torrance Unified School District.
  • Logan Jensen, Tutor

    Logan Jensen

    Tutor

    Logan is a Math and Engineering tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Logan has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in tutoring Engineering. Logan studied at Chapman University and received his Bachelor's in Computer Science with a minor in Game Design. When Logan isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him Bouldering.
  • Shanel Onyenegcha, Tutor

    Shanel Onyenegcha

    Tutor

    Shanel is a tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for teaching kids. Shanel studied at CSU; receiving a Bachelor's in Child and Adolescent Development as well as a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching and strives to create a fantastic environment for children to learn and study.