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Meet our Rancho Cucamonga Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Fran Dyer, Franchise Owner

    Fran Dyer

    Franchise Owner

    Fran Dyer, owner of Sylvan Learning Center, has loved working in the Centers for the past 25 years. It has been a fabulously rewarding career meeting with parents, classroom teachers, and or course, the students. While Fran's career in Public Education encompasses teaching students at the Junior High level, Sylvan has provided her the opportunity to work with students from Kindergarten through High School. Sylvan has an excellent program and provided success for students at every level. Fran has both a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters Degree.
  • Jim Dyer, Franchise Owner

    Jim Dyer

    Franchise Owner

    Jim Dyer, owner of 9 Sylvan Learning Centers, spent 30 years in California Public Education. He taught high school for 8 years and was a Junior High Principal for 24 years. Jim has also taught Junior College classes in Speech and worked with Chapman University in the teacher credentialing department for the Inland Empire. In 2001 Jim began working extensively with the Sylvan Learning Centers. The best part of Sylvan for Jim is the same as it was working in Public Education....working with students and parents! Jim earned both his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters Degrees from Whittier College, Whittier, California.
  • Carli Ganet, Executive Director

    Carli Ganet

    Executive Director

    Carli Ganet is the Executive Director and Co-Owner of the 9 Sylvan Learning Centers owned by Jim and Fran Dyer. Carli received her Bachelors of Arts and Teaching Credential at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. Carli began her career with Sylvan as a student in the Rancho Cucamonga Sylvan Learning Center. She has been a Director of Education, Center Director and currently oversees the educational programs of Sylvan students as well as working with Directors and Parents. She loves working with Sylvan families!
  • Julianne Smith, Center Director

    Julianne Smith

    Center Director

    Julianne Smith has worked for Sylvan Learning since 2005 and has been a Center Director since 2008.  Julianne enjoys conversing with parents and community members about Sylvan.  Her teaching experience includes a Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of La Verne.  Julianne taught 4th grade and was a substitute teacher in the Etiwanda School District for 5 years.
  • Yvonne Jimenez, Director of Education

    Yvonne Jimenez

    Director of Education

    Yvonne is the Director of Education for the Rancho Cucamonga area Sylvan Learning Centers and has a gift for working with kids. While Yvonne has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Spanish tutoring.  When Yvonne isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her working at the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino for CAPS or doing philanthropy to raise money for centers of Domestic Violence Awareness.
  • Lisa White, Director of Business Development

    Lisa White

    Director of Business Development

    Lisa White has worked for Sylvan Learning for close to 10 years as Director of Business Development. Prior, Lisa spent 19 years in the non profit/social services arena managing programs and services for high risk, disabled, and culturally diverse populations. Lisa earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Antioch University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pacific Southern University. Lisa has always been actively involved in her children’s school; serving as an E3 Foundation Board Member, PTA Board Member, and School Site Council Member at the Etiwanda School District. Lisa enjoys representing Sylvan throughout the community and actively engaging in networking events and business development groups. She feels that her career experience and passion for education helps to ensure that all students are afforded educational opportunities that foster growth and development. “ I am passionate about academic excellence and enjoy working in a vibrant student learning environment where students are supported and celebrated.”

    Cassandra Boyd


    Cassandra oversees the educational integrity of our programs. She also manages and trains our team of tutors at the Sylvan Centers that are located in the Rancho Cucamonga, Ca area. A former student success coach at Options for Youth Charter School, she brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan. Cassandra graduated from Azusa Pacific University and is currently enrolled in an online Master's program at Boston University. When Cassandra is not at Sylvan, you will find her studying, painting or hanging out with family and friends.
  • Taryn Hartman, Director of Media Marketing

    Taryn Hartman

    Director of Media Marketing

    Taryn is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Human Resources.  As a former Center Director and Regional Director, Taryn comes to this position with a love for Sylvan Learning Centers.  
    Taryn is a mother to 4 handsome boys.  When not working you will find Taryn at the soccer fields or at the grocery store.  
  • Terri Clancy, Tutor

    Terri Clancy


    Terry is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Rancho Cucamonga.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and a Masters in Reading.  As a recently retired elementary school teacher, Terry comes to our Center with 25 years of teaching experience.  Terry loves working with our students in both Reading and Math.  When not at Sylvan, you can find Terry making jewelry and sewing aprons.  
  • Jasmine Shah, Tutor

    Jasmine Shah


    Jasmine has a Master of Science degree in Bio Engineering.  She enjoys tutoring at the Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga Sylvan Learning locations.  Jasmine enjoys tutoring students in calculus and physics.  When not at Sylvan you will find Jasmine reading, hiking or traveling.  
  • Kyle Piiwaa, Tutor

    Kyle Piiwaa


    Kyle is a tutor at the Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga Sylvan Learning Centers.  He has a Bachelor's of Arts in English from Cal State San Bernardino.  Kyle enjoys tutoring students in English.  When Kyle is not tutoring at Sylvan you can find him reading for working as a volunteer with the AYSO program.  
  • Mark Richichi, Tutor

    Mark Richichi


    Mark has a Bachelor's and a Master's from UC Riverside and a multiple-subject teaching credential.  As a tutor for the Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda Sylvan Learning Centers Mark enjoys working with students in math and reading.  When not at Sylvan you will find Mark enjoying time with his family.
  • Dorothy Swanson, Tutor

    Dorothy Swanson


    Dorothy is an tutor for the Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga Sylvan Learning Centers. Dorothy has a Standard Secondary Teacher Credential with Supplementary Authorization.  She is a retired teacher with 46 years of teaching experience.  Dorothy has experience teaching in the United States as well as Germany and the Philippines, she also speaks Spanish and French.  Helping students develop their writing and reading skills is exciting for Dorothy and she is grateful that she gets to tutor students every day at Sylvan.
  • Monique Dixon, Tutor

    Monique Dixon


    Monique is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center for the Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda Sylvan Learning Centers.  She received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Riverside and is currently working on her Master's degree.  Monique has a passion for learning and teaching students.  Her favorite subjects to tutor at Sylvan are Math and Reading.  When not at Sylvan you can find Monique substituting teaching in the Upland Unified School District. 
  • Vasanta Prayaga, Tutor

    Vasanta Prayaga


    Vasanta is a tutor at the Rancho Cucamonga Area Sylvan Learning Center.  She is passionate about teaching math.  Geometry and trigonometry are her absolute favorite math topics to teach.
    The hapiness her students experience when they cross a hurdle and start feeling confident motivates her to teach.
    When not at Sylvan, you'll find her painting or spending time with her family.
  • Taylor Uster, Teacher Assistant

    Taylor Uster

    Teacher Assistant

    Taylor is currently majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Chaffey College.  She comes to the Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga Sylvan Learning Centers with a passion for learning and for helping young students feel confident in reading and math.  Taylor loves interacting with people of all ages and hopes to combine her education strengths with that people passion and work for Disney someday. In her spare time, she loves to visit Disneyland, watch musical theatre, and spend time with family. 



    Kathleen earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and a teaching credential from the University of Redlands. She is currently a teacher in the Barstow Unified School District. Kathleen enjoys being a tutor at the Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda Sylvan locations. Her favorite subjects to tutor are reading and math. When not at Sylvan you will find Kathleen at Disneyland or watching sporting events.
  • Jennifer Araya, Tutor

    Jennifer Araya


    Jennifer has been a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Etiwanda since October 2019. She is a graduate of Hispanomericana University, Costa Rica; where she obtained a degree in Psychology. She has special expertise in reading tutoring, math tutoring, and homework tutoring. Friendly and kind, Jennifer has a great ability to relate to kids. When Jennifer isn’t at Sylvan, you'll find her cheering on the Anaheim Ducks or trying out a new DIY craft or painting.
  • Melissa Daugherty, Director Assistant

    Melissa Daugherty

    Director Assistant

    Melissa is a vital part of our Sylvan staff! She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subjects Credential. Melissa also has extensive experience working as a substitute teacher in both the Cucamonga and Upland School Districts. Melissa enjoys working at Sylvan because she gets to see the students' happiness when they understand a concept that has been challenging them.
  • Patricia Merkel, Tutor

    Patricia Merkel


    Patricia is a tutor for the Sylvan Learning Centers in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She enjoys working with students of all ages.  Patricia loves helping them become better readers and writers. She currently is a social studies teacher at a special education school.  When not tutoring at Sylvan, you will find Patricia reading, writing, and watching football with friends.  Go L.A. Rams. 
  • Devin Spolsdoff, Tutor

    Devin Spolsdoff


    Devin is a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center for the Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda Sylvan Learning Centers. She is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California, where she obtained a degree in Biology with a minor in mathematics. Devin has experience tutoring students of all ages in all subjects. She enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including math, reading, and science. In her free time, Devin enjoys running, reading, and learning new things.
  • Christopher Pendleton, Tutor

    Christopher Pendleton


    Christopher is a knowledgable and energetic tutor at the Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda Sylvan Learning Centers. Christopher enjoys tutoring Math, Science, and English, but his expertise is in Mathematics and Science. Joyful and friendly, Christopher loves to educate the future of our world. He graduated from Arizona State University. When he is not at the Sylvan learning center, you'll find him watching football with his family and enjoys traveling. 
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