Meet our Laguna Niguel Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Ryan Swindell, Director

    Ryan Swindell


    As Director, Ryan leads the entire ship for Sylvan Learning of Laguna Niguel.  Not only is he multi-talented, ambitious, and thrives on accomplishing goals, Ryan is charismatic, kind, and passionate.  He knows the key for any understanding to take place is through connection. Easily and naturally connecting to his Sylvan students, Ryan's job is to figure out ways for students to connect to the subjects they are learning.  It is through these connections that students find their "a-ha" moments and sets the path for critical understanding.  He finds the greatest joy in tutoring the subjects of reading, writing, coding, and robotics. 
  • Lee McLendon, Lead Teacher

    Lee McLendon

    Lead Teacher

    Lee has been part of Sylvan since 1995. As a former Sylvan Director of Education for the Laguna Niguel center, she thoroughly understands Sylvan’s philosophy and programs and recognizes the educational challenges students and families face. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from San Diego State University and her teaching credential from CSU Fullerton. She is enthusiastic about working with students of all ages at Sylvan and especially takes pleasure in tutoring math. She knows that in order to truly succeed in the classroom, students sometimes need to be retaught concepts to fill in gaps in their understanding; and this is where Sylvan can really help. Lee is a caring and patient teacher and loves being able to give students the individual attention they deserve. In her free time, Lee enjoys gardening at home and spending time in the Eastern Sierras and the Anza Borrego Desert with her husband.   
  • Julian Cao, Marketing Director

    Julian Cao

    Marketing Director

    Julian, a first-generation college student, will be graduating from California State University, Long Beach, in 2021, with a bachelor's degree in film. Julian strives to integrate the boundless creativity of film and storytelling with Sylvan, in order to devise innovative ways to emphasize and promote Sylvan's unwavering commitment to education. Contact Julian for marketing partnership opportunities with Sylvan Learning Centers of Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel: