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Meet our Oak Harbor Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Mrs. Wilson , Owner/Teacher

    Mrs. Wilson


    Mrs. Wilson is an owner/teacher in Oak Harbor with a passion for working with kids of all ages. While she enjoys tutoring many subjects, and had the opportunity to teach many when she home-schooled her sons from kindergarten through junior high school, she finds the most joy in talking about Chemistry!! She tremendously enjoyed teaching college and high school chemistry, as well as Household Physics and Household Chemistry, geared toward elementary students. Her family is her greatest treasure and favorite hobby, and she looks forward to winter when ski season is in full effect!
  • Stephanie Kolden , Center Director

    Stephanie Kolden

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Stephanie leads the day-to-day operations, progress monitoring, and conferencing for Sylvan Learning Center of Oak Harbor.  Stephanie started as a Teacher and Academic Coach at Sylvan and has  a passion for helping students strengthen confidence in their learning and education. While she enjoys working with all students and subjects, Stephanie finds the most joy tutoring mathematics. Stephanie studied at Gonzaga University, where she earned her math endorsement and BS in mathematics. When Stephanie isn’t at Sylvan, she loves hiking, knitting, singing, kayaking, and spoiling her dog!
  • Chris Ley, Teacher

    Chris Ley


    Chris Ley is a tutor in Oak Harbor, WA with a gift for sharing mathematics. While Chris has many tutoring talents he enjoys sharing his love of mathematics with students. He studied and works at Skagit Valley College. When Chris isn't at Sylvan, you may find him playing board games with friends, hiking outdoors, or enjoying a scrumptious burger.
  • Liz Weaver, Teacher

    Liz Weaver


    Liz Weaver is a teacher in Oak Harbor with a gift for teaching high schoolers. She earned a BA in English and Comparative Literature and her MA in Teaching, with an emphasis in Educational Leadership at Occidental College. She also has her Master’s in Educational Administration from Concordia University and 19 years' experience teaching grades 7-12 ELD, English, and Advanced Placement Literature & Composition. While serving as English Department Chair, Liz began implementation of the Common Core Standards and served as the Secondary Common Core Specialist for the district. She enjoys spending her free time traveling, reading, writing, and collecting wine.
  • Lenita Graves, Teacher/Academic Coach

    Lenita Graves

    Teacher/Academic Coach

    Lenita is a tutor with a gift for working with kids. She enjoys tutoring because she enjoys helping students gain confidence and empowerment through education. She finds the greatest joy in tutoring reading and writing and studied at the University of Alaska and the University of Washington. When Lenita isn’t at Sylvan, she likes to write, read, sing, walk her Japanese Spitz, and do needlecrafts.
  • Donette Parry, Teacher/Academic Coach

    Donette Parry

    Teacher/Academic Coach

    Donette is a teacher in Oak Harbor with a gift for motivating kids of all ages. While Donette has many talents and experiences as an instructor, she finds the greatest joy in helping students succeed in areas they never knew they could. She studied at Green River College and University of Washington. When Donette isn’t at Sylvan, you will find her sailing, camping, knitting, reading, gardening or playing corn hole!
  • Melanie Cuadrado, Teacher

    Melanie Cuadrado


    Melanie is a teacher in Oak Harbor, WA with a gift for working with kids. While Melanie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring math and working with older students! She studied at the University of Connecticut, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in elementary education and a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction. When Melanie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking, visiting coffee shops, or crocheting.  
  • Sherri Garrett, Teacher/Academic Coach

    Sherri Garrett

    Teacher/Academic Coach

    Sherri Garrett is a teacher in Oak Harbor, Washington with a gift for working with kids. While Sherri has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English/Language Arts and Science tutoring. Sherri studied at William Carey University in Mississippi where she received her M.Ed in Education. When Sherri isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking and being outside as much as she can!
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