Meet our San Antonio Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Joan Vaughn, Center Director

    Joan Vaughn

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Joan leads the center in daily operations and develops the center community outreach programs.  A former elementary education teacher, she chose a career in the tutoring business because she could see the difference a personalized approach makes with all students. Joan is a graduate of Bowling Green University, Ohio where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education.  When she is not at Sylvan, Joan enjoys reading a good book, scrap booking, or trying an new recipe.
  • Margie Nummela, Director of Education

    Margie Nummela

    Director of Education

    A former Elementary Teacher, Margie has been part of the North Central Sylvan educational team from the start.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the administration of our programs.  She takes particular care to ensure that the founding principals of math and reading are emphasized during instruction.  Margie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota at Duluth where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. When she isn't at Sylvan, you will find her baking delicious goodies that she shares with the teachers, traveling with family, and cheering on the Spurs.  
  • Janet HIcks, Asisstant Director of Education & Tutor

    Janet HIcks

    Asisstant Director of Education & Tutor

    Janet assists in overseeing  the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in San Antonio. A former Science Teacher in Cibolo, Janet brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of North Central San Antonio.  She graduated from Texas A & M University . When Janet isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, walking her dogs, and watching flowers grow. 
  • Mary Sanchez, Tutor-Reading, Math, Study Skills

    Mary Sanchez

    Tutor-Reading, Math, Study Skills

    Mary Sanchez is a enthusiastic tutor at the North Central Sylvan Learning Center of San Antonio with a gift for working with students from elementary to high school. While she has many tutoring talents, Mary finds the greatest joy watching students learn, grow and make connections that allow them to use their personal strengths to acquire new knowledge. She attended St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN where she received a Bachelor of Science and the Defense Language Institute, of Monterey, CA., where she received a Certification in Italian Language. When Mary is not at Sylvan, you will find her enjoying free time, baking, gardening and hiking.