Meet our San Antonio Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in NW 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 NW San Antonio!

  • Sharin Najera, Center Director - B.S. in Education

    Sharin Najera

    Center Director - B.S. in Education

    Certified teacher - math specialist - Sharin graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Education after serving 6 years in the U.S. Navy. She has a variety of teaching experience spanning from 1st grade to high school math. She loves teaching students of all ages and enjoys the "ah-ha" moments the most. In her free time, she spends time with her family and explores the Alamo city. As Center Director, she manages day to day operations of the center.
  • Donna Cameron, Reading and Math Teacher/ Assessment Proctor

    Donna Cameron

    Reading and Math Teacher/ Assessment Proctor

    Certified Teacher- B.A. Education, M.A. Education from Trinity University
    Donna received her B.A. in Education from Trinity University and her M.A. in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was an elementary school teacher in the Edgewood District for 33 years. Donna has tutored at the Bandera Road Sylvan since 2007.
  • James Larkin, Math / Physics Teacher

    James Larkin

    Math / Physics Teacher

    B.S. in Physics, M.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University
    James joined our San Antonio, TX tutoring team in 2012. Prior to retirement, James worked for over 30 years in the semiconductor industry. He enjoys tutoring students of all ages.
  • Cynthia Guerra, Reading and Math Teacher

    Cynthia Guerra

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified teacher- B.S. in Elementary Education from Texas A&I University 
    Cynthia is a retired NI SD teacher who taught 5th grade at Carson Elementary for over 30 years. Cynthia is also bilingual/ ESL certified. She has tutored with the Bandera Road Sylvan since 2003.
  • Melissa Sepulveda, Reading and Math Teacher

    Melissa Sepulveda

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. Psychology, Elementary Certification from OLLU
     Melissa received her B.S. in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University and her Elementary Certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was a Special Education Teacher for 29 years in the Edgewood District. Upon retiring, she joined our Bandera Road tutoring team in 2007.
  • Preston Noble, Math Specialist- Alg 1, Alg 2, Geometry, Pre-Cal, Cal Teacher

    Preston Noble

    Math Specialist- Alg 1, Alg 2, Geometry, Pre-Cal, Cal Teacher

    B.S. in Math, M.S. in Applied Math from North Carolina State University, MBA in Business and Finance from Webster University.
     Preston joined our Bandera Road math tutoring team in 2013. Currently he works as a Civil Engineer for the Air Force here in San Antonio. In addition, Preston speaks fluent German.
  • Peggy Ayala, Assessment Proctor/ Math Teacher

    Peggy Ayala

    Assessment Proctor/ Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher-B.S. in Math from SW Texas State University 
     After teaching math in the school districts for 5 years, Peggy came to the Bandera Road Sylvan as a tutor in 1998. In 1999, Peggy became an Education Consultant for Sylvan, and then in 2002, she took the position of Program Coordinator. In December 2003, Peggy was promoted to Director of Education at our Forum location. Recently, Peggy transferred to our Bandera Road location.
  • Stacie Flinn, Reading, Writing, Math Teacher

    Stacie Flinn

    Reading, Writing, Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.A.  from Texas A&M   
    Stacie is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on reading instruction.  She has been teaching in NISD since 2014 and has been a teacher at Sylvan since 2017.
  • Sister Mary Margaret Dilabio, Reading, Math, Writing, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Sister Mary Margaret Dilabio

    Reading, Math, Writing, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education from West Texas A&M, M.S. in Administrative Leadership from University of Texas at Dallas
    Sister has been an administrator and a teacher at Atonement Academy since 1994.  A former Sylvan teacher from 1996-2004, we welcome her back in 2018 with open arms.  Sister has always been one of our most requested teachers.
  • DeAnna Johnson, Reading and Math Teacher

    DeAnna Johnson

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S.  in Early Chiildhood Education and Generic Special Ed from UTSA, M.S. in Mid Management and Supervision from Texas A&I
    DeAnna was a Special Ed teacher and then Vice Principal in Edgewood ISD from 1984-2001. She then moved to NISD where she was a Special Ed teacher until she retired in 2005.  From 2005-2016 DeAnna was a student teacher supervisor where she trained and prepared teaching certification candidates.  More recently she has been a Recap teacher where she coached teachers on improvement plans in SAISD.  We are excited that Miss Dee joined our Sylvan team in 2019.
  • Debra Holzman, Reading, Writing, Math Teacher

    Debra Holzman

    Reading, Writing, Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Early Childhood Education from UTSA, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction/ Reading Specialist from UTSA

    Debra taught in SAISD from 1996-2016.  Upon retirement she tutored for Kumon before finding her home at Sylvan.  Debra can be seen teaching and testing students at our Bandera Rd location as well as our Boerne location.  She joined our Sylvan team in 2018.
  • Cindy Moses, Reading, Writing, Math, SAT/ACT Verbal Teacher

    Cindy Moses

    Reading, Writing, Math, SAT/ACT Verbal Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Texas Tech University


    Cindy has taught elementary school in Maryland and Texas since 1986.  Upon retirement from NISD she taught a writing composition class in NEISD until 2017.  In addition to being a fantastic teacher, Cindy is also an incredible artist.   Her art has been exhibited here in San Antonio and one of her paintings hangs in the office of the Director of the  San Antonio River Association.  Cindy joined our Sylvan team in 2018.
  • Nancy Pollan, Reading and Math Teacher

    Nancy Pollan

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education from West Texas A&M
    Nancy is a former bilingual teacher in Dallas ISD and elementary teacher in SAISD.  Upon retirement from teaching, she was a legal foster child manager and later managed foster homes.  Nancy joined our Sylvan team in 2018.
  • Sherry Gettig, Reading and Math Teacher

    Sherry Gettig

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, M.A. in Education from National-Louis University
    Sherry has taught middle school Language Arts and Social Studies in Illinois.  Upon retirement she moved to San Antonio to be closer to her kids and grandkids.  She joined the Sylvan Team in 2019.
  • Sharon Boyd, Reading, Math, SAT-Verbal Teacher

    Sharon Boyd

    Reading, Math, SAT-Verbal Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.A. in English and Education/ ESL Certified from UTSA
    Sharon taught Reading and English for over 20 years in SWISD.  Upon her retirement, she joined our Sylvan Team in 2018.
  • Pati Aguilar, Reading and Math Teacher

    Pati Aguilar

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Family Counseling Science from South West Texas, M.A. in Education from UIW
    Pati currently teaches Kindergarten at Evers Elementary in NISD.  She has been teaching since 1999.  Pati joined our Sylvan Team in 2017.
  • Beth Witter, Reading and Math Teacher

    Beth Witter

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Business and Home Economics from SWTSU,  M.S. in in Educational Leadership from UTSA

    Beth currently teaches at Evers Elementary in NISD.  She has been teaching since 2002.  Beth joined our Sylvan Team in 2018. 
  • John Moses, Math Specialist

    John Moses

    Math Specialist

    B.A. in Management Science from UTSA, M.A. in Finance from UTSA
    John is a former Salesforce Architect and Business Consultant who now enjoys tutoring students in all levels of math.  John joined our Sylvan Team in 2018.
  • Deborah McAdams, Reading, Math, Writing Teacher

    Deborah McAdams

    Reading, Math, Writing Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education from Stephen F. Austin University, M.A. in Counseling from UTSA
    Deborah taught for SAISD for over 27 years and for SWISD for 8 years.  Upon retirement she began tutoring.  She joined our Sylvan Boerne Team in 2018. 
  • Grace Kohler, Reading, Writing and Math Teacher

    Grace Kohler

    Reading, Writing and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.A. in Elementary Education from UTSA
    Grace earned her teacher certification in 2017.  Since that time she has been tutoring at Timberwilde Elementary. She joined our Sylvan Team in 2019.
  • Edith Miller, Reading and Math Teacher

    Edith Miller

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.A. in Elementary Education from Baptist Christian University, M.A. in Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities from McNeese State University
    Edith is from Louisiana and taught elementary and middle school there since 1971.  She holds teaching certificates in Louisiana and Colorado.  She has recently relocated to San Antonio to be closer to her son and for her husband to undergo cancer treatment.  Edith joined our Sylvan Team in 2019.
  • Susan Kaarlsen, Site Administrator / Teacher in Boerne

    Susan Kaarlsen

    Site Administrator / Teacher in Boerne

    Certified Teacher-  M.A. in Elementary Education
    Susan received her M.A. in Elementary Education, and B.S. in Home Economics. After being an educator for more than 25 years, she joined Sylvan and soon became a Center Director in New York. After moving to Texas, Susan brought her love of teaching and her enjoyment of assisting students with her! She has been with Sylvan since 2002.