Meet our Phoenix Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Debbie, Teacher



    Debbie graduated from ASU with a BA in Secondary Education. She majored in English, but also really enjoys tutoring Sylvan's math students. She is originally from Sparks, Nevada and worked at Sylvan in Reno before joining the Sylvan NW Phoenix team. Debbie finds it a pleasure to work with students one to one at Sylvan!
  • Steve, Teacher/Test Administrator


    Teacher/Test Administrator

    Steve is a reading assistant in the Washington Elementary School District. He graduated with a degree in History and secondary education. He has been tutoring with Sylvan for ten years, and a part of the Sylvan Learning Phoenix team since 2006. Steve enjoys traveling and reading in his spare time.
  • Marianne, Director of Education


    Director of Education

    Marianne Taylor, our Director of Education, is starting her 16th year with Sylvan, and has seen many wonderful Sylvan successes! She graduated from Eastern Illinois University and earned her Master’s degree from NAU. Marianne retired from the public school system after 30 years, and now enjoys her time with Sylvan students and their educational programs. She is lucky enough to guide the educational programs, yet is still able to teach at a table occasionally! Marianne has taught ages 5 to 55 at Sylvan. In her spare time, she tries to keep up with her husband, David, and sons Lee and Hunter. 
  • Roseanne, Teacher



    Roseanne earned her BA from Trenton State College (The College of New jersey). While attending college, Roseanne worked closely with Dr. Marshall Smith, the head of the Psychology Department on the evaluation of Head Start. Roseanne has experience teaching preschool through 3rd grade in public school, and substitute teaching for more than 20 years. Roseanne has been with our North Phoenix/Glendale team longer than any other teacher!
  • Kim, Teacher



    We are happy to have Kim, a highly qualified middle school language arts and math teacher, as part of our Sylvan NW Phoenix team. She has spent her time working in a k-8 setting. She has taught 3rd - 8th grade, focusing on ELL. Kim is a mom and fan of soccer! She played college soccer for Nazareth College of Rochester where she received her undergraduate degree in history and inclusive elementary education. She has her masters in reading curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University.
  • Shawna Guarino, Teacher

    Shawna Guarino


    Shawna is considered a favorite among our young readers at Sylvan.  When not at Sylvan, Shawna enjoys reading, traveling and being a mom. Shawna can be found teaching 2nd and 3rd grade in the Paradise Valley School District. 
  • Erin Scott, Teacher

    Erin Scott


    Erin's true colors of kindness and support shine when she works with children.  Although Erin has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring reading. When she isn't teaching, Erin enjoys crocheting, reading, doing and making word puzzles. 
  • Krista Fink, Teacher

    Krista Fink


    Krista is new to the Sylvan team and has taken to the format of Sylvan like a pro! She enjoys working with our younger students in reading and math and is always ready for them with a smile! Krista has taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade in the public school system and is currently working at a charter school in Phoenix.