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Meet our Piedmont Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Anthony Thomas , Center Director

    Anthony Thomas

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Anthony takes care of the administrative and business side of Sylvan. He possesses a Master's Degree in Education and holds an Advanced Graduate Studies Degree in Educational Leadership. With a combined fifteen years of hands-on-administrative and teaching experience, he has worked within a variety of settings including overseas in Abu Dhabi. When Anthony is not at Sylvan, you can find him cycling around town or planning his next travel experience.  
  • Rosy Esparza, Administrative Assistant

    Rosy Esparza

    Administrative Assistant

    Rosy Esparza is Administrative Assistant in Piedmont, CA with a gift for working with kids. Rosy chose a career in the tutoring business because she likes helping students achieve their goals. When Rosy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her traveling the world.
  • Pema Lhakey, Tutor

    Pema Lhakey


    Originally from Tibet, Pema is a well traveled tutor in the Piedmont Center in Piedmont, CA, having taught as a math teacher in both India and throughout the United States. Pema has a special gift for connecting with students to share in her love for and extensive knowledge of math. She strives to ensure each student "gets it". Pema collects scarves, enjoys Indian cuisine and likes to travel during her holiday down time.
  • Dale Williams, Tutor

    Dale Williams


    Dale is a reading tutor at the Piedmont Center in Piedmont, Ca. Dale has a special gift of combining her education and loving nature to nurture children to learn. With impeccable patience and care, Dale works with elementary and middle school students. Having worked for Sylvan in the offsite SES contracts, and now both in center and at the Redwood Heights Satellite Program, Dale is a great tutor. In her free time she enjoys being with her family.
  • Mary Dilliing, Tutor

    Mary Dilliing


    Mary Chiu has more than 15 years of teaching and tutoring experience in the East Bay. While Mary has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in finding a creative approach to problem solving. She has worked with students on reading skills, math, and writing. She has a Master’s of Arts from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. When Mary isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, attending yoga class, bicycling or spoiling her three pets with her husband.
  • Rashaun Martin , Tutor

    Rashaun Martin


    Rashaun is a tutor in Oakland, California with a gift for working with kids. She has been in education for over 20 years and has recently taught 4th grade at St.Lawrence O'Toole in Oakland, California. Rashaun has many tutoring talents and finds the greatest joy in reading and math. She studied at Cal State University East Bay and has a multiple subject teaching credential. When Rashaun isn't at Sylvan you'll find her spending time with her wonderful husband of 30 years, four adorable children and two precious grandchildren. Rashaun also enjoys reading, traveling and riding her bike.
  • Rachel Milani, Tutor

    Rachel Milani


    Rachel is native of Northern California who has been working in classrooms her whole life. She holds a degree in English Literature from Sonoma State University and joined the staff at Sylvan two years ago upon returning from spending some time teaching English abroad in Spain. She especially enjoys helping students of all ages improve their reading and writing skills. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys writing for music publications, reading poetry, and hanging out with her dog.
  • Joaquin Lascano , Tutor

    Joaquin Lascano


    Joaquin tutors students at Sylvan in reading, writing, and math. He attended Contra Costa college and worked there tutoring other college students in English literature and writing. When he isn't tutoring you can find him writing scripts, producing short films or recording music. 
  • David Kellert, Tutor

    David Kellert


    David is an upper level math and science tutor at the Piedmont Center in Piedmont, Ca. David has been with the Piedmont team for many years. He has a special gift in working with students in an individual one on one setting. Chemistry, Pr-Calculus, and Calculus are some of David's areas of strength. David comes highly requested for those challenging math classes. A man with great work-life balance, David enjoys traveling across the country and world in his spare time.
  • Thurston Gill, Tutor

    Thurston Gill


    Thurston is a third grade teacher in Oakland, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Thurston has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring. He studied at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. When Thurston isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him watching sports, hiking, or otherwise enjoying the west coast weather.
  • Michael Adams, Tutor

    Michael Adams


    Michael is a tutor in Piedmont, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Michael has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in academic writing tutoring. He studied at The University of Oregon. When Michael isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him on a hike, at a punk show, or hanging out with his niece and nephew.
  • Osai Hashimi, Tutor

    Osai Hashimi


    Osai is a UX Researcher in Oakland, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Osai has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring. She studied at UC Irvine. When Osai isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading, painting, or playing basketball. 
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