Meet our Renton Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Hayley Kay, Center Director

    Hayley Kay

    Center Director

    Hayley was born and raised in Issaquah. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with an ELL endorsement from Central Washington University. Hayley first decided to become a teacher during her senior year of high school. She had great teachers throughout her schooling and wanted to follow their example. She first joined Sylvan as a Reading tutor, and enjoys seeing students at Sylvan of Renton grasp new concepts and gain a sense of accomplishment. In her free time Hayley can be found hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and adding to her collection of key chains from around the world.
  • Ryan Alkire, Teacher

    Ryan Alkire

    Teacher

    Ryan is a Bellevue native and grew up in Renton. He attended Green River College for two years, then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University. He then moved to Japan to teach English, where he greatly enjoyed the classroom setting. He spent six years in Japan before returning to Washington in 2020. Ryan most enjoys breathing life into instructional materials so students can understand and enjoy lessons. He joined Sylvan of Renton as a Reading and Writing tutor. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, watching movies, and spending time with his brother, sister, and two nephews.
  • Erin Biederman, Teacher

    Erin Biederman

    Teacher

    Erin was born in Ohio, and moved to the Puget Sound area in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in math, secondary education, from Western Washington University; she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Special Education. Erin first got into teaching because she likes working with children, Her favorite part of teaching is when students have the 'aha!' moment as a concept finally clicks with them. Erin joined the Renton Sylvan as a math tutor. When not teaching, she can be found reading, painting rocks, watching Seahawks games, volunteering, and traveling.
  • Amy Campbell, Teacher

    Amy Campbell

    Teacher

    Amy was born and raised in the Puget Sound area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, and her Masters degree in Education from UW Bothell. Amy became a teacher because she loves knowledge and learning and wants to pass that love on to others. She enjoys seeing students' eyes light up when they start to understand something where they had once struggled. She joined the Renton Sylvan as a math tutor. When not at Sylvan, she enjoys reading, thrift-shopping, visiting family and friends, and practicing American Sign Language.
  • Raj Duraisamy, Teacher

    Raj Duraisamy

    Teacher

    Raj was born in Kirkland and has lived in the Seattle area all his life. He is currently pursuing his degree in statistics and data science at the University of Washington. Raj first became interested in teaching after he tutored AP calculus during his senior year of high school. He enjoyed helping students achieve positive test results. He joined Sylvan of Renton as a Math tutor. In his free time, Raj enjoys playing chess, working out, playing poker, and watching movies.
  • Jose Pacheco, Teacher

    Jose Pacheco

    Teacher

    Jose was born and raised in Mexico. He has been in the Puget Sound area since 1993. He earned his BSCE, and MSCE and several certificates in math and computer engineering. After receiving his engineering degree, Jose worked as a tutor and a high school teacher. What he likes most about teaching is when he's able to get across a concept, and positively impact a student's life through education. Jose joined the Renton team as a Math tutor. When he's not at Sylvan, he likes to exercise, learn new things, listen to music, and spend time with his wife and two daughters.
  • Leo Smith, Teacher

    Leo Smith

    Teacher

    Leo was born and raised in the Puget Sound area. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and his Masters Degree in Teaching from Washington State University in Pullman. Leo was inspired to become a teacher by his high school teachers, especially his chemistry instructor. He enjoys helping students to learn and achieve the 'light bulb' moment. Leo joined the Renton Sylvan as a Math tutor. In his free time he enjoys playing video games, playing board games, and reading.