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!

  • Victoria Sherrard, Director

    Victoria Sherrard


    Victoria has been with Sylvan since 1993. She loves meeting new families and helping them find solutions to their academic challenges. 
  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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. 
  • Wayne Benenson, Tutor

    Wayne Benenson


    Wayne has been an educator for more than 50 years. He has taught all grade levels from preschool to grad school in public and private schools. Wayne joined the Phoenix, AZ staff with a gift for working with kids. He is a big fan of the "whole child"  concept and teaches the head, heart, and hand of every student he teaches.  Wayne received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho and we are proud to have him as one of our teachers at Sylvan!
  • Natasha Brophy, Teacher

    Natasha Brophy


    Natasha is a warm and caring teacher who loves to make a difference in the lives of students. She has experience teaching in public, private, and charter schools in various districts. Natasha received her MEd from the University of San Diego. In her spare time, she loves hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Kalyn McNicol, Director of Education

    Kalyn McNicol

    Director of Education

    Kalyn oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors at our Glendale, Arizona Sylvan.  As a former high school English teacher and soccer coach, Kalyn brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan with her ability to understand and relate to students looking to advance their education.