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 and is very passionate about education. Amber is a California-credentialed Multiple Subjects teacher who taught grades 1-5 for eleven years. A proud U.S. Air Force veteran, Amber 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.
  • 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.
  • Daysi Garcia, Tutor

    Daysi Garcia

    Tutor

    Daysi is a Clinical Research Assistant completing her degree in Molecular Biology at Cal State University with a gift for working with kids. While Daysi has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in science and math tutoring. When Daysi isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her with her friends and family and making contributions to the future of science and medicine.
  • Dr. Laura Holden, Tutor

    Dr. Laura Holden

    Tutor

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Milynn Jones, Tutor

    Milynn Jones

    Tutor

    Milynnn is a teacher in Torrance, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Milynn has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in elementary reading, writing, and math tutoring. Milynn studied at Cal State Dominguez Hills. When Milynn isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her with her friends and family and being a positive mentor to the next generation.
  • 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.