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Meet our Mililani Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Kai Lee Awaya, Center Director / Director of Education / Owner

    Kai Lee Awaya

    Center Director / Director of Education / Owner

    Kai Lee Awaya oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Mililani, Ewa, and Waipio and our program at the Boys and Girls Clubs on Oahu and Maui. A former writer and editor, Kai brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Mililani. She graduated from University of Puget Sound with her Bachelor's in English and Political Science and is finishing up her Master's at University of Hawaii at Manoa in Educational Psychology. When Kai isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her at the beach with her family.
  • Tobin Yoder, Center Director / Owner

    Tobin Yoder

    Center Director / Owner

    Tobin Yoder has worked at Sylvan since 2002. When he moved to Hawaii in 2013, he found his new home as Center Director of Sylvan Learning of Mililani. With his wife, Kai Lee, Tobin purchased the center in 2019. Tobin attended Saginaw Valley State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts. He loves the great outdoors and that is where you will find him whenever he gets the chance. Since relocating, he has been enjoying learning to dive, hiking and exploring all that Hawaii has to offer.
  • Chris Baxa, Tutor

    Chris Baxa


    Chris Baxa is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he got his degree in Electrical Engineering and later Education. Chris has been tutoring at Sylvan Mililani since 2002, specializing in math ranging from Algebra up to Calculus. Chris also teaches eighth grade at Mililani Middle School. His interests (when he actually has free time) include computers, basketball, and Korean dramas.
  • Cori Biete, Instructor

    Cori Biete


    Cori Biete is one of our most-adored instructors with a gift of working with a wide-range of kids. Cori currently teaches at Solomon Elementary in Wahiawa. At Sylvan of Mililani, Cori teaches reading, writing, elementary math, and all of our STEM courses. She especially enjoys teaching our MakersCamp because of all the excitement she sees when the kids are learning. When Cori isn't at Sylvan, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to Kauai.
  • Carmen Cartier, Tutor

    Carmen Cartier


    Carmen Cartier has been working at Sylvan Learning since 2016. She is a math whiz and can teach through Calculus. As a native of Texas, Carmen was in for a change when she moved to Hawaii with her military husband, but she loves the beach and eating sushi at Banzai Sushi. She graduated from New Mexico State University with her BS in Mathematics. At Sylvan, Carmen teaches math, robotics, coding, and engineering. Her favorite course is Robotics 101, teaching kids how to build and program robots!
  • Michelle Colte, Associate Director

    Michelle Colte

    Associate Director

    Michelle is the Associate Director for Sylvan of Mililani. In addition to her work with us, Michelle is the librarian at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary on Schofield Barracks. When she is not working, Michelle enjoys spending time at the stables with her family's horse. 
  • Lisa Danos, Instructor

    Lisa Danos


    Lisa Danos graduated from Auburn University with her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She has worked at Sylvans across the country and this is her second tour here with us at Sylvan Mililani!
    Lisa tutors students in reading, math, writing, and study skills. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband. 
  • Anthony Ferro, Tutor

    Anthony Ferro


    Anthony Ferro graduated from the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ with a BS in Chemistry and a Master's in Secondary Education in Science. Anthony currently is a full-time teacher at Pearl City High School. At Sylvan, Anthony teaches math through Algebra II, homework support in Chemistry and Physics and verbal and math for SAT, ACT and SSAT Prep. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys surfing, hiking, playing soccer and just being outdoors. 
  • Alika Gorospe, Tutor

    Alika Gorospe


    Alika is a tutor at Sylvan in Mililani, HI. For his day job, Alika teaches in the mathematics department at UH West Oahu. Alika received his BS in Mathematics and BEd in Curriculum Studies from UH Manoa and is currently pursuing his PhD in Education. At Sylvan, Alika teaches all levels of math and math for SAT & ACT Prep.
    When Alika is not studying or working, you can find him staying active in the ocean or playing sports. He also enjoys gaming.
  • Shy Helm, Tutor

    Shy Helm


    Shy Helm received her Bachelors of Art in Hawaiian Studies and Masters of Education in Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She enjoys helping students to achieve their goals while also providing them the support and encouragement to succeed. In her free time, Shy loves reading, going to the beach, hiking with her dogs and spending time with family and friends.
  • Roy Higuchi, Tutor

    Roy Higuchi


    Roy Higuchi has been working as a tutor at Sylvan Learning of Mililani since 2005. He teaches all levels of math through Algebra II. Roy is a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    He enjoys photography in his free time. 
  • Jennifer Lee, Tutor

    Jennifer Lee


    Jennifer Lee graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BS in Elementary Education. She currently teaches first grade at Haleiwa Elementary. In her free time, she enjoys walking, watching Hallmark movies, and spending time with her family. 
  • Gwynne Staton, Tutor

    Gwynne Staton


    Gwynne Staton is a proud graduate of the University of Redlands, where she got her BS in math. She received her Master's of Education in Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and recently got her National Board certification as well. Gwynne is a full-time teacher at King Intermediate in Kaneohe. At Sylvan, she teaches all levels of math and both verbal and math for SAT, ACT and SSAT Prep. Gwynne enjoys dancing hula and traveling.
  • Stephany Taba, Tutor

    Stephany Taba


    Stephany Taba is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she got her degree in Education with a minor in Mathematics. She is currently teaching math to 4th graders at He'eia Elementary. At Sylvan, Stephany teaches reading, writing and math. 
    Stephany is an amateur astronomer and musician! She plays both piano and the french horn. 
  • Tisha Yukihiro, Tutor

    Tisha Yukihiro


    Tisha Yukihiro is a full-time teacher at Kaimuki Middle School and has been teaching for 15 years. She works at Sylvan of Mililani on the weekends when she's not watching movies or playing volleyball. Tisha is a graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she graduated with her BEd in Elementary Education. At Sylvan, Tisha teaches reading, writing, and math but she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring.
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