Meet our Houston Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Chloe Aker, Center Director

    Chloe Aker

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Chloe runs Sylvan Learning Center of Katy and Houston.  A former regional coordinator for hands-on teaching business and prior to that a a Customer Liaison for Disney Ko'Olina resort, Chloe chose a career in the tutoring business because of her prior experience with children and learning.  When Chloe isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with her two children.
  • Alison Schmidt, Director of Education

    Alison Schmidt

    Director of Education

    Alison has been in the education field for over 30 years, having taught 3rd - 5th grades in Houston ISD, Alief ISD, and Cy-Fair ISD, and began teaching at the Sylvan in 2015. She attended Hastings College in Nebraska.  Alison loves to work with students and watch them succeed.  Because of that, she is excited to have the opportunity to be here working both in the administration and teaching of programs. At Sylvan, Mrs. Alison oversees organization and scheduling of Sylvan programs and guides our team of tutors. She also tutors Academic Reading, Beginning Reading, Math Essentials, Academic Writing, and Study Skills.
  • Linda Warfield-Aanstoos, Certified Teacher

    Linda Warfield-Aanstoos

    Certified Teacher

    Linda has dedicated her entire adult life to the improvement of children's reading skills.  She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Sam Houston State University, and worked for 30 years as an elementary school librarian in Katy ISD until retirement in 2009.  For the last 19 years she has been tutoring for Sylvan, concentrating on academic and beginning reading skills  study/writing skills, and SAT/ACT Prep.  Mrs. Linda resides with her husband in the northwest Houston area, where their favorite pastimes include reading, traveling, cooking, and enjoying their pet dachshunds.
  • Shaun Duke, Certified Math and Science Tutor

    Shaun Duke

    Certified Math and Science Tutor

    Shaun is a certified math and science tutor with a gift for working with kids in advanced math and science topics.  He has more than 12 years of experience teaching at Sylvan Learning centers and enjoys seeing his students succeed, whether in class or on SAT/ACT exams.  Shaun graduated from Lamar University with a BS in Biology.
  • Antinya Alphough, Certified Teacher

    Antinya Alphough

    Certified Teacher

    Tina is a certified teacher from Katy ISD with a gift for working with kids.  She is certified for EC-12 teaching and has specialty skills teaching high level math topics for SAT/ACT prep.  She has over 15 years of teaching experience and has been teaching with Sylvan Learning centers for a total of 3 years. Tina studied at Xavier University of Louisiana where she earned a BS in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, and a Master of Arts in Teaching.