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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 operations and the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Hermosa Beach, CA. A former Teacher in Los Angeles and Logistics Officer in the United States Air Force, Amber brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Hermosa Beach. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master's in Human Relations and 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 nature.
  • Jessica Watkins, Center Director

    Jessica Watkins

    Center Director

    Jessica leads the daily operations for Sylvan of Hermosa Beach and has been with Sylvan for over 13 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.
  • Anna Talonova, Tutor

    Anna Talonova


    Anna Talonova is a tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Anna has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at University of California Irvine. When Anna isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her writing fantasy stories or doing yoga. 
  • Diamond Alexander, Tutor

    Diamond Alexander


    Diamond is a tutor in Hermosa Beach, CA with a passion for working with beginning learners. While Diamond has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Language Arts tutoring. She studied at Pomona College and has an M.Ed. from UCLA with an emphasis in Reading Instruction. When Diamond isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her baking, dancing, playing and making memories with her husband and her three children.
  • Dr. Laura Holden, Tutor

    Dr. Laura Holden


    Dr. Laura Holden is a tutor assessment proctor at Hermosa Beach Sylvan. She is a local South Bay resident and graduated from Mira Costa, El Camino, Long Beach State University (BA and MA) and Brigham Young University in Utah (Doctorate). Dr. Holden also took classes at University of San Diego and Cal State Dominguez Hills. She taught and coached in Bellflower, Los Angeles and Compton. Dr. Holden loves working with young people and enjoys that excitement when they are successful. Sylvan provides those moments. In her free time she reads, watches sports (Galaxy season ticket holder for 19 years), golfs and bowls.
  • 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 is currently in her 3rd year at Long Beach State University and is majoring in Statistics. Maya is from Lebanon, where she attended an international high school. Maya loves working with all ages. 
  • Mina Chang, Tutor

    Mina Chang


    Mina is a tutor in Hermosa Beach, California with a gift for working with kids. While Mina has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English tutoring. She studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz and California State University, Long Beach. When Mina isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her exploring the outdoors and taking photographs. 
  • Julie Baldwin, Tutor

    Julie Baldwin


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