Meet our San Antonio Tutoring Staff


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!

  • Rebecca Chenault, Center Director - B.S. in Education, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

    Rebecca Chenault

    Center Director - B.S. in Education, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

    Certified Teacher/ Reading Specialist- Since 1998, Rebecca has been a lead teacher, trainer and tester for Sylvan Learning Center. With over 26 years experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist, Rebecca recently retired from the Northside School District. She graduated from Southwest Texas University in 1975 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and later completed her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2002, Rebecca received her Master Reading Teacher Certification.Rebecca is so excited to return to the Bandera Road location.
  • Kristen Helkey, Teacher/ Tester

    Kristen Helkey

    Teacher/ Tester

    Kristen has eleven years experience teaching Special Education in Northside ISD. She joined Sylvan in October 1999 as a tutor and became Assistant Director of Education in April 2000.  She now  teaches  at Great Hearts but still helps with testing and teaching at Sylvan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Donna Cameron, Teacher

    Donna Cameron


    Donna is a retired elementary school teacher who specializes in reading. Donna has Bachelor's of Education from Trinity University and a Master of Ed. from UTSA. She taught for 35 years, specializing in Reading.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mamie Larkin, Proctor/Teacher

    Mamie Larkin


    Mamie has been teaching since she was 18. She received a scholarship from TSTA for teaching.  She graduated from the University of North Texas in 1981. She is a retired counselor. She is a mother of 4 and has 6 grandkids. She belongs to an archeology club. Mamie enjoys working with students and can't wait to help your child succeed.