Meet our Newport News Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Deborah DeJesus, Executive Director/Owner

    Deborah DeJesus

    Executive Director/Owner

    As Center Director/Owner, Deborah leads the Sylvan centers in Newport News and Williamsburg. She has been with Sylvan for 17 years. A former classroom teacher, Deborah chose a career in the tutoring business because she loves the personalized programs and personal attention to each student. She graduated from Lancaster University with a Bachelor of Education degree. When Deborah isn't at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying time with her family and dogs. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and theater. Deborah is married to Juan, a U.S. Air Force veteran. They have a daughter who graduated from the University of Virginia and Georgetown and a son who recently graduated from the Air Force​ Academy. 
  • Jessica Davis, Director of Education

    Jessica Davis

    Director of Education

    Jess graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and went on to gain her Masters of Education from the University of Richmond. She joined Sylvan the summer of 2019 as a teacher and became Director of Education in April of 2020. As well as teaching at Sylvan, Jess monitors student progress in Sylvan's academic programs and keeps parents updated of their child's growth. When Jess isn't at Sylvan, she enjoys reading, the outdoors and time with her two Great Danes, Princess Leia and Nak.
  • Allison Jackson, Sylvan Lead Teacher

    Allison Jackson

    Sylvan Lead Teacher

    Allison joined the Sylvan team in July 2021. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education. She had been teaching Kindergarten and first-grade students for 31 years with the Hampton City Schools. At Sylvan, Allison teaches reading, writing, and math. When Allison isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and listening to music. 
  • Kevin O'Brien, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Kevin O'Brien

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Kevin teaches many Sylvan programs including all levels of math, college preparation, and study skills. He also enjoys teaching Physics to high school students. Kevin graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor's degree in Physics and went on to earn a Master's degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. When Kevin isn't teaching at Sylvan of Williamsburg he enjoys playing the guitar and doing Origami.
  • Nicole Francis, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Nicole Francis

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    We are fortunate to have Nicole returning to us at Sylvan Newport News/Yorktown after a few years away. Nicole teaches all elementary and middle school subjects at Sylvan, including reading, writing, math and study skills. She earned a Bachelors in Science and Sociology from CUNY and also has a Masters i Education and Reading. When not at Sylvan or teaching in her Reading Specialist position, Nicole loves movies, bowling, traveling and family trips. She would, if she could, travel all around the world in 60 days with extra time in her favorite place - the Caribbean. 
  • Rebecca Carroll, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Rebecca Carroll

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Rebecca joined the Sylvan team in February, 2020. She currently teaches in Hampton City Schools and has taught in both the public and private school sector. At Sylvan, Rebecca teaches students in Reading, Writing, Math, Study Skills and SAT Preparation. She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's of Science in Education. When Rebecca isn't teaching, she enjoys running and spending time with her dog, Sophie.
  • Lois Winter, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Lois Winter

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Lois joined the Sylvan team in 2005. She is a graduate of American University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science and later graduated from William and Mary with a Master’s degree in Education. Lois mentors student teachers at Christopher Newport University. Lois enjoys teaching Sylvan students because the programs are designed to meet each student’s personal needs. She teaches early literacy, writing, and math. When Lois isn't teaching, she  enjoys singing in the Virginia Choral Society and giving Yorktown history tours.
  • Amy Harrison, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Amy Harrison

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Amy joined the Sylvan team in July, 2020. She currently teaches in the Newport News public schools, with a specialty in teaching deaf and blind students. She is fluent in American Sign Language. At Sylvan, Amy teaches Reading, Writing and Math. Amy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education. Her Master of Arts is in Education for the Deaf. When Amy isn't teaching she enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs, reading and art.
  • Jaren Maynard, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Jaren Maynard

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Jaren joined the Sylvan team in the summer of 2020. Jaren graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She went on to gain a Master of Education degree with an endorsement as a Reading Specialist from the University of Virginia. Jaren is currently an elementary teacher in the Newport News public schools. At Sylvan, she teaches Reading, Math and Writing skills. When Jaren isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog Samson.
  • Christopher Companion, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Christopher Companion

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Christopher joined the Sylvan team in June 2018. He graduated from Old Dominion University with a Master of Arts (Education and Professional Writing). He currently teaches high school English in the public school sector. Christopher enjoys teaching Sylvan students in Reading, Writing, Study Skills and SAT preparation. When he isn't teaching he enjoys reading, strategy games, and spending time with his family.
  • Isabelle Lane, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Isabelle Lane

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Isabelle joined the Sylvan team in October 2018, having previously taught at the Newport News center in 2002. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in Accounting and she holds a Virginia Collegiate Professional Teaching Certificate. At Sylvan, Isabelle teaches Reading and Math. When she isn't teaching she enjoys crocheting, walking and solving logic puzzles.
  • Kim Weaver, Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Kim Weaver

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Kim joined the Sylvan team in July 2020. She graduated from Geneva College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Secondary Education in Mathematics. At Sylvan, Kim teaches math, study skills, reading and provides homework support for science. When Kim isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Kingsley, binge-watching TV shows such as The Office, and going to the beach.