Meet our Lafayette Tutoring Staff

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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.

    To contact Christy via email, christysharon@sylvanacadiana.com
  • 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.

    To contact Troy via email, troysharon@sylvanacadiana.com
  • 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

    Cynthia Bishop

    Assistant Center Director

    Cynthia received her B.S. 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.
  • Kelsey Guidry, Lead Teacher

    Kelsey Guidry

    Lead Teacher

    Kelsey received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern State University in 2015. She has experience teaching first, second and third grades across Louisiana. Kelsey also has a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management. She enjoys tutoring students in reading, math, writing, and study skills as well as providing homework support. Kelsey works with students at the Lafayette and Broussard centers.
  • Melinda Clardy, Tutor

    Melinda Clardy

    Tutor

    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.
  • Michaela Gandy, Tutor

    Michaela Gandy

    Tutor

    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

    Teacher

    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.
  • Chantel Broussard, Teacher

    Chantel Broussard

    Teacher

    Chantel is a native of St. Martin Parish and a graduate of both UL and NSU. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in the areas of regular education, special education, academic specialist, and tutor. Chantel's favorite quote is: "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama
  • Destini Ransonet , Classroom Assistant

    Destini Ransonet

    Classroom Assistant

    Destini began working at our Lafayette Center in 2018. She is finishing her senior year at UL and will join our Sylvan Team full-time after graduation. 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 or studying.
  • Ashley, Support Staff

    Ashley

    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!
  • Peggy Jones, Lead Teacher/Tutor

    Peggy Jones

    Lead Teacher/Tutor

    Peggy Jones is originally from Opelousas, LA and a proud 1990 graduate of Opelousas High School. She received her B.A. Degree in elementary education in 1994 from Southern University. She has taught 4th grade for 22.5 years at the following schools: Truman Elementary, Carencro Heights, and S.J. Montgomery. She is currently employed as a Math Instructional Leader for the school district. In her spare time, Peggy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys teaching at Sylvan Learning Center because she helps students overcome academic barriers and gain self-worth which helps them to be successful in school and life.
  • Michael Durand, Tutor

    Michael Durand

    Tutor

    Michael studied at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana Lafayette), where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in English. He started with Sylvan at the New Iberia Center in 2013 and subsequently began tutoring at the Broussard Center as well. When tutors were needed for special programs at the Lafayette Center, he volunteered and currently divides his time between all three centers.
  • Akim Mitoumba-Mikala, Tutor

    Akim Mitoumba-Mikala

    Tutor

    Akim is originally from Gabon. He moved to Louisiana in 2015 to study at The University of Louisiana. During his college years, Akim discovered his passion for Education. Akim believes that tutoring math is mostly about rephrasing the problems in different ways so that students can understand. He also believes that helping his students build confidence is crucial to their success in math. He considers himself an Advocate of Education. In addition to math, Akim enjoys soccer, music, and cars. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in the fall of 2019.