Meet our Lynnwood Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Candice Taylor, Center Director

    Candice Taylor

    Center Director

    Candice is a certified teacher who earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Washington University. Candice has been the Center Director at the Lynnwood Sylvan since 2007.  She has four children and two grandchildren and empathizes with the challenges that busy parents face while supporting their children to reach their full academic potential.  Candice is passionate about assisting children in building their confidence and developing a joy of learning that will last them a lifetime. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and reading.
  • Crystalyn Johnson , Director of Education

    Crystalyn Johnson

    Director of Education

    Crystalyn has been working at Sylvan since 2014.  She started as a Teacher at the Lynnwood location and was a Center Director for the Oak Harbor and Sammamish locations.  In 2020, Crystalyn was one of 12 Center Directors to be nominated for Center Director of the Year and was a member of the 2021 CEO Advisory Council.  Currently, Crystalyn is the Director of Education and oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors.  She earned her Master in Teaching at the secondary level with an endorsement in English Language Arts from Western Washington University.  When Crystalyn isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with her family. 
  • Jaime Garcia , Teacher

    Jaime Garcia


    Jaime is a credentialed teacher who earned his bachelor's of Math/EE from NMSU. He moved to the Bay Area to attend grad school at Stanford University. Jaime built a career in engineering in Silicon Valley working in High Tech. Before retiring, he had always dreamed of teaching math to give back to the community. He taught all levels of math over 15 years and especially loved teaching AP Calculus, AP Physics, and test prep for the AP exam. Jaime loves tutoring students after school and building students' confidence. Jaime came to the PNW to enjoy semi-retirement and be closer to family. A life-long jogger, Jaime is enjoying the beautiful trails of Puget Sound with his golden retriever Theo. 
  • Rachael Main , Teacher

    Rachael Main


    Rachael is a certified teacher who earned her Bachelor's at Western Washington University. She has a passion for working with kids and hopes to build strong relationships with families at Sylvan. While Rachael has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching Reading and Writing lessons.  When Rachael isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her baking at home, exploring new restaurants, and visiting plant shops.
  • Sherry Walters, Teacher

    Sherry Walters


    Sherry is a teacher in Lynnwood, WA who enjoys working with kids. While Sherry has many tutoring talents, she loves teaching reading. She studied at Barnard College in New York City, the U. of Washington (Latin American Studies & Textile Sciences) and she got her masters in Teaching from Heritage College in Toppenish WA. When Sherry isn't at Sylvan, she enjoys photography, gardening, reading, walking at a local beach or park, or sightseeing around King, Snohomish, Skagit or Island Counties, Hood Canal or Eastern Washington.
  • Corina Welcker , Teacher

    Corina Welcker


    With her Bachelor’s in English and teaching certificate, Corina has worked with students since 2016. She has taught high school English for three years and is currently with the Edmonds School District. She has enjoyed working with students at Sylvan since 2020, especially in Math and English. When she is not at Sylvan, she loves experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and exploring creative pursuits. 
  •  Praneetha Saravanan, Teacher

    Praneetha Saravanan


    Praneetha is a teacher in Lynnwood WA, with a gift for working with kids. While Praneetha has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring. She completed her Bachelors in Electronics and Communication and is currently pursuing a degree in Education. When Praneetha isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her hanging out with her kids and gardening.