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Meet our Irvine Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Joe Liu, Executive Director

    Joe Liu

    Executive Director

    Master of Education: Education Management Emphasis; Grad. Dip. Ed., Education; Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Analysis and Design; Certificate: Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL
  • Shaina Eser, Center Director

    Shaina Eser

    Center Director

    Master of Arts: Education; Bachelor of Arts: Classics; Multiple Subject Credential; Single Subject Credential: Latin; Certificate: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
  • Conor Matthews, Education Coordinator

    Conor Matthews

    Education Coordinator

    Master of Arts: Teaching; Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology; Multiple Subject Credential; certified in TEFL/TOFL/TESL 
  • Matthew Iversen , STEM Teacher

    Matthew Iversen

    STEM Teacher

    Matthew is a STEM Teacher and Teaching Assistant in Irvine, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Matthew has many talents, he finds the greatest joy in Engineering instruction. He studies Engineering at Irvine Valley College. When Matthew isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him spending time with friends.
  • Aquin Flores, STEM Teacher, TA

    Aquin Flores

    STEM Teacher, TA

    Bachelor of Arts:  Psychology; Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts
  • Dante Velasquez, STEM Teacher, TA

    Dante Velasquez

    STEM Teacher, TA

    Bachelor of Science: Science and Computer Science
  • Shirlee Smith, Lead Teacher

    Shirlee Smith

    Lead Teacher

    Master of Arts: Deaf Education; Bachelor of Arts: Psychology; Multiple Subject Credential; Specialist Credential in Communication Handicapped
  • Jon Levin, Teacher

    Jon Levin


    Bachelor of Science: Environmental Studies; Masters of Education: Education Culture and Society, PhD: Culture and Curricular Studies
  • Janet Conn, Teacher

    Janet Conn


    Bachelor of Accounting; Multiple Subject Credential
  • Alexander D'Agostino, Teacher

    Alexander D'Agostino


    Bachelor of Science: Mathematics
  • Emily Aldridge, Teacher

    Emily Aldridge


    Bachelor of Arts: Journalism; Master of Arts: Education
  • Serena Dollins, Teacher

    Serena Dollins


    Bachelor of Arts: Cultural Anthropology; Certificate Early Childhood Education
  • Dan Linzey, Teacher

    Dan Linzey


    Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts; Multiple Subject Credential
  • Donna Linzey, Teacher

    Donna Linzey


    Donna is a Teacher in Irvine, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Donna has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. Donna studied at Claremont Graduate University and CSU Fullerton. When Donna isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her with her husband, son, and two dogs in the Woodbridge area.
  • Etemad Petros, Teacher

    Etemad Petros


    Bachelor of Arts: English
  • Joanna Pham, Teacher

    Joanna Pham


    Bachelor of Arts: Education; Multiple Subject Credential
  • Chidi Onyekwere, Teacher

    Chidi Onyekwere


    Bachelor of Science: Health Science
  • Erin Ortega, Teacher

    Erin Ortega


    Bachelor of Arts International Studies; Multiple Subject Credential 
  • Susan Romito, Teacher

    Susan Romito


    California Administrative Service Credential; Bachelor of Arts: Spanish; California Community College Credential: Basic Education/Ethnic Studies; Single Subject Credential: Spanish and English; California Bilingual Cross-Cultural Specialist Credential K-12
  • Namirah Said, Teacher

    Namirah Said


    Bachelor of Arts: Education Sciences
  • Beth Ullman, Teacher

    Beth Ullman


    Master of Arts: Library Sciences; Bachelor of Arts; Multiple Subject Credential 
  • Daniel Vo, Teacher

    Daniel Vo


    Bachelor of Science: Sociology
  • Samantha Wilson, Teacher

    Samantha Wilson


    Master of Arts: Elementary Education; Bachelor of Arts: Chinese Language and Culture; Multiple Subject Credential
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