Meet our Jacksonville Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Mandi Cochran, Executive Director

    Mandi Cochran

    Executive Director

    My name is Mandi Cochran and I began working at Sylvan in 2010 as an Ace It! tutor. I was thrilled to rejoin the Sylvan family in 2014. I am a product of Onslow County schools, graduating from Northside High School in 2005. In 2009 I graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, earning a BS in Elementary Education. Upon graduating, I returned to Onslow County and taught elementary school for five years. I am very excited to be a part of Sylvan and look forward to continuing the great work being done in our community to bring quality education to all children. 
  • Lan Gonzalez, Director of Education

    Lan Gonzalez

    Director of Education

    Lan Gonzalez started with Sylvan in 2022 as a tutor and became a director in November of 2022! She graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and received her Masters of Business Administration from National University. Before joining Sylvan full time, Lan worked as a tutor for Onslow County Schools. She loves working with children of all ages and is thoroughly excited to continue her journey at Sylvan! 
  • Antigone Jackson, Center Director

    Antigone Jackson

    Center Director

    My name is Antigone Jackson and I am the Center Director for Sylvan Learning Center of Jacksonville. I obtained my Bachelor's in Art from East Carolina University in Philosophy and Psychology. I have extensive experience working with students who have learning challenges, such as ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia to name a few. Sharing my own experience and challenges academically as a result of ADHD and dyslexia helps to create an encouraging and trusting learning environment. My goal is to help all students reach their full academic potential! I look forward to meeting you and your student(s) soon! 
  • Carly Sanders, Tutor

    Carly Sanders

    Tutor

    Carly is a reading and writing tutor in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Carly has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at Western Carolina University. When Carly isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading, playing video games on her Switch, and volunteering at church. 
  • Laura Ward, Tutor

    Laura Ward

    Tutor

    Laura is a retired middle school teacher in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Laura has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at University of California Santa Cruz. When Laura isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her cross-stitching and playing with her pets. 
  • Sarah Shomsky, Tutor

    Sarah Shomsky

    Tutor

    Sarah is a tutor in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Sarah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in geometry and algebra. She studied at Cal State University - San Marcos. When Sarah isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her sunbathing at the beach or diving into a good book! 
  • Richard Montford, Tutor

    Richard Montford

    Tutor

    Richard is a retired teacher in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Richard has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in mathematics tutoring. He studied at UNCW and Coastal Carolina Community College. When Richard isn't at Sylvan, you can find him gardening, cooking, choral singing, or at Bible study.
  • Erika Cummings, Tutor

    Erika Cummings

    Tutor

    Erika is an instructional coach in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Erika has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at NCA & TSU and ECU. When Erika isn't at Sylvan, you can find her getting together with family and friends. 
  • Shelley Curlee, Tutor

    Shelley Curlee

    Tutor

    Shelley is a fifth grade teacher in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Shelley has many tutoring talents, she finds greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at UNF, UNCW, and ECU. When Shelley isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her being with her children, being outdoors, listening to music, and working on school work! 
  • Monica Guerrero, Tutor

    Monica Guerrero

    Tutor

    Monica is a fourth grade teacher in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Monica has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at UNCW. When Monica isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her hiking, biking, and trying new foods. 
  • Silvia Soliz, Tutor

    Silvia Soliz

    Tutor

    Silvia is a third grade teacher in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Silvia has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in science and reading tutoring. She studied at San Diego University. When Silvia isn't at Sylvan, you can find her getting lost at Barnes & Noble or hiking a new mountain. 
  • Melissa Montellano, Tutor

    Melissa Montellano

    Tutor

    Melissa is a teacher in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Melissa has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at UCLA. When Melissa isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her walking the beach collecting shells, reading, and watching movies. 
  • Darche Roy, Tutor

    Darche Roy

    Tutor

    Darche is a teacher in Jacksonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Darche has many tutoring talents, she finds greatest joy in reading and elementary math tutoring. She studied at Campbell University. While Darche isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading books, working out, and spending time with family.