Meet our Lafayette Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Christy Sharon, Executive Director

    Christy Sharon

    Executive Director

    Christy received her B.A. in English in 1992 and taught 5th to 8th grade English at First Baptist Christian School for two and a half years. She also taught 9th and 10th grade reading and 11th and 12th grade study skills at St. Thomas More. In October of 1996, Christy joined Sylvan as a Director of Education and in October of 1997, she bought Sylvan and became Executive Director. Christy enjoys spending time with her 2 beautiful children.

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  • Troy Sharon, Center Director

    Troy Sharon

    Center Director

    After graduating from UL in 1993, Troy began teaching and coaching at St. Martinville Sr. High. For several years, Troy worked at Sylvan after school and during the summer break from school. In 2004, he joined the Sylvan staff full time, assuming the role of Center Director. Troy enjoys introducing new families to Sylvan and keeping them informed of their student's progress throughout their program. On Saturday afternoons, you will find Troy and his family enjoying UL Ragin Cajun tailgating.

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  • Destini Ransonet , Assistant Center Director

    Destini Ransonet

    Assistant Center Director

    Destini began working at our Lafayette Center in 2018 as a classroom assistant. After graduating from at UL, Destini was hired full-time and has recently been promoted to Assistant Center Director. Destini's favorite thing about working at Sylvan is, “Getting to know both the teachers and the kids. It makes me very happy to be able to inspire and encourage kids to feel confident in their studies as well as feel comfortable at Sylvan!” In her free time, you can find Destini spending time with family and friends and planning for her wedding.
  • Tracy Hoover, Part-time Director of Education

    Tracy Hoover

    Part-time Director of Education

    Tracy oversees the educational integrity of our programs in Lafayette, Broussard and New Iberia. She has been a leader at Sylvan since 2008. She brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Acadiana. She has a gift of connecting with our students, allowing her to instill lifelong skills. She devotes her energy into making sure the students succeed 100%! When Tracy isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with her son, Marshall!
  • Cynthia Bishop, Assistant Center Director (part time)

    Cynthia Bishop

    Assistant Center Director (part time)

    Cynthia received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and taught for one year at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently University of Louisiana) in the Department of Human Resources. She did substitute teaching in both local public and private schools and at Lafayette Regional Institute. She began her Sylvan career in 1992. Cynthia enjoys working directly with the schools to help ensure the success of all her Sylvan students.
  • Melinda Clardy, Tutor

    Melinda Clardy


    In addition to her work at Sylvan, Melinda Clardy is a mathematics professor at SLCC and has had a life-long desire to teach and make a difference. With a master's degree in applied mathematics, a bachelor's in pure mathematics, and experience with common core math, it's the best combination to reach a wide range of learners. When not working, Mrs. Melinda hangs out with her cats, reads excessively, and plays video games with her husband.
  • Kristina Dixon, Tutor

    Kristina Dixon


    Kristina Dixon currently teaches a variety of levels and subjects at Sylvan, from PreK Reading & K ESL to high school algebra, geometry, and ACT prep. Kristina’s love of teaching and travel has led her to work with students both in Lafayette and abroad, specifically in India and China. Kristina has undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and English, with a master’s degree in Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking and traveling the world.
  • Michaela Gandy, Tutor

    Michaela Gandy


    Michaela received her B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Berea College in Kentucky and a M.S. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.Michaela held a math/science lecturer position at Kapi'olani Community College (KCC) in Hawaii. While at KCC Michaela taught classes such as Elemental Algebra, Fundamental Algebra, and Statistics. Prior to teaching at KCC, Micahela gained much experience tutoring both privately and professionally, as well as briefly teaching with the Upward Bound Program. She has been a Sylvan tutor at the Lafayette location since 2013 and loves working with students who are so eager to learn, especially in math and science!
  • Wendi Broussard, Teacher

    Wendi Broussard


    Wendi has a Master's Degree in Education from LSU. She has 30 years of classroom teaching experience and specializes in English/ Language Arts, Writing, American History, World History, and Civics. Wendi is married with 2 sons. Wendi's undergraduate degree in Political Science and English. When she is not teaching, she enjoys politics.
  • Marc Leonard, Tutor/Coding Instructor

    Marc Leonard

    Tutor/Coding Instructor

    Marc Leonard has been tutoring at Sylvan Learning Center of Lafayette since January 2008. He is certified in Health and Physical Education. He has been teaching at Carencro Catholic for five years. He enjoys tutoring students in math, reading and study skills at Sylvan Learning Center of Lafayette. His other interests include sports and music. He is from Opelousas, Louisiana, where he graduated from Opelousas Catholic High School. He went to the University of Louisiana where he earned his degree in Political Science. Mr. Marc is also very excited to be the instructor of the Video Game Design course offered at Sylvan of Lafayette!
  • Ashley, Support Staff


    Support Staff

    Ashley has been a part of the Sylvan Support Staff since October of 2012. You can find Ashley assisting Sylvan Students at all 3 locations in Acadiana! She loves to read and travel. She makes a fantastic connection to students of all ages and loves to help them achieve success!
  • Michael Durand, Tutor

    Michael Durand


    Michael studied at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana Lafayette), where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English. He started with Sylvan at the New Iberia Center in 2013 and currently divides his time between all three centers. Mr. Michael is an active member of the Iberia Performing Arts League and can often be found acting, directing and serving on committees.
  • Lily Daly, Tutor

    Lily Daly


    Lily is a tutor  in Lafayette, with a gift for working with kids. While Lily has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and writing tutoring. When Lily isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, playing board games and hanging with her 2 cats..
  • Cindy Luna, Tutor

    Cindy Luna


    Cindy has 27 years of experience teaching and has worked at several Sylvan Learning centers in Louisiana. Cindy finds joy in seeing kids faces light up when they learn a new task, "Helping students to gain confidence and self-esteem is very important!" In her spare time, you might see Cindy playing tennis, golf, doing yoga and hiking.
  • Christopher Moore, Math Tutor

    Christopher Moore

    Math Tutor

    Christopher loves all things math and engineering. He has a Master's in Engineering and is currently working on his PhD. Christopher is the father of 4 who enjoys teaching, music production, football and spending time with his family.
  • Tierra Butler, Tutor

    Tierra Butler


    Tierra graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Prairie View A&M University in 2022. Tierra enjoys reading, playing softball and listening to music. Tierra loves seeing the smile on a child's face when they grasp a concept they had been struggling with. She is excited to start this fall at Southern Law School.
  • David Lancon, Tutor

    David Lancon


    David received his Bachelor of Arts in English from UL and is starting graduate school in the fall. He enjoys sharing his love of reading and writing with the students at Sylvan.