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Meet our McAllen Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Jennifer Martinez, Assistant Executive Director

    Jennifer Martinez

    Assistant Executive Director

    Jennifer Martinez is the Assistant Executive Director and enjoys working with students and families. She was born and raised in the Valley. Jennifer attended UTPA and obtained her BA in Biology then proceeded to study in Puerto Rico for 3 years.  In Puerto Rico her favorite past time was jogging on the clear beaches and attending college, but now that she is back in the RGV she enjoys spending time with her close family and friends. Currently her focus is to learn Sylvan Learning Centers business opportunities and eventually become a franchisee owner or partner, so that she can help children in need excel in their academic abilities. 
  • Yuko Garcia, Director of Contract Services

    Yuko Garcia

    Director of Contract Services

    Yuko Garcia is the Director of Contract Services. She works with school districts throughout the RGV. Yuko graduated from UTRGV with a BA in International Business and MBA. For the last 19 years she has been working in the field of education making a positive impact in student’s lives and continuing to foster the next generation of leaders. Her favorite thing about working at Sylvan is “seeing student’s academic growth and knowing that we are making a difference with our kids. They are our future leaders!"
  • Brenda Garza, Marketing Manager

    Brenda Garza

    Marketing Manager

    As Marketing Manager, Brenda is responsible for the communication between Sylvan Learning and its potential customers. She manages and crafts promotional messages that are published in media across multiple channels. Brenda also programs events in center and throughout RGV. As a former journalist and video marketing producer, Brenda chose a career at Sylvan after tutoring students in leadership and public speaking. She studied at South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. When Brenda isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her at home creating DIY projects, gardening, traveling or watching movies with her family.
  • Dennis Rodriguez, McAllen Center Director

    Dennis Rodriguez

    McAllen Center Director

    As a Center Director, Dennis helps customers with all the Sylvan services. He guides them into a program that best suits the parents as well as the student. When he's not at Sylvan, Dennis enjoys traveling and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Karen L. Chappell, McAllen Center Lead Teacher

    Karen L. Chappell

    McAllen Center Lead Teacher

    Our lead teacher in McAllen is Karen Chappell. Karen graduated from the Univ. of Texas-Pan American with a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies and a minor in early childhood education. Before coming to Sylvan in 2004, Karen taught elementary students in Edinburg CISD. She has 21 years of teaching experience. Karen's favorite movie is "Lord of the Rings" and her favorite book is "Charlotte's Web." One of Karen’s favorite quotations by Maria Fontaine is: "Of all things we give a child, our words must be the most carefully wrapped." Karen loves spending her free time with her four grandchildren or relaxing at South Padre Island.  
  • Mary Lou Filoteo, Mission Satellite Lead Teacher

    Mary Lou Filoteo

    Mission Satellite Lead Teacher

    Mary Lou Filoteo is the Lead Teacher at the Mission Satellite.  Mary Lou is a retired counselor and school teacher with over 33 years of experience. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Biology and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance K-12 from the University of Pan-American. When Mary isn't at Sylvan, you will find her gardening, creating floral wreaths, and traveling.
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