Meet our San Jose Tutoring Staff

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

  • Roger Shore, Executive Director

    Roger Shore

    Executive Director

    Roger is a former classroom teacher with experience in grades K-8. Following his teaching career, Roger received a master's degree in clinical psychology and worked in private practice as a marriage, family and child counselor specializing in families and school related problems. He opened the Cupertino Sylvan Learning Center in 1993, the Center in San Jose in 1994 and the Mt. View Center in 2000.
  • Pete Delucchi, Center Director

    Pete Delucchi

    Center Director

    Pete started with Sylvan in 2005 and has worn many hats. He previously worked in public education for 5 years as a classroom teacher serving in many leadership roles like: Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, technology support, and union representation. Furthermore, he worked in the technology industry. Pete’s skills with writing, editing and web design were used by corporations like Sony, Gateway Computers, and PeopleSoft. Finally, Pete loves film and also enjoys hiking.
  • Matt Moore, Director of Education

    Matt Moore

    Director of Education

    Matt oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in San Jose. Matt brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan-Camden, with over 20 years of experience in a variety of educational environments throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. He has extensive recent experience in college application advising, including SAT and ACT prep and application essay consulting. Matt graduated from UC Berkeley in the pre-internet age. When Matt isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him with his wife, two teenagers, one dog and three cats, enjoying the outdoors and exploring the Bay Area.
  • Karyn Cipresso, Tutor

    Karyn Cipresso

    Tutor

    Karyn has been a professional educator since earning her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University in 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree from San Jose State University. Her experience teaching a variety of subjects and ages allows her to be quite versatile, but she especially enjoys tutoring reading and writing. Moreover, she believes that one of life’s greatest pleasures is to be captivated by a really wonderful book. Karyn takes a genuine interest in her students and makes the most of opportunities to encourage students to fully develop their academic skills and abilities.  
  • Peggy Heredia, Tutor

    Peggy Heredia

    Tutor

    Peggy has worked at Sylvan Learning Center of San Jose as a tutor for 15 years. She attended St. Elizabeth in New Jersey and Fordham University in New York, graduating with a degree in education. Peggy also attended New Jersey State Teachers College on a grant for education. She later received a certificate from West Valley College for administration in education. Peggy has a New Jersey teaching credential in multiple subjects and a California Credential in Humanities. She has previously taught grades 1-5. At Sylvan she teaches reading, math, language, writing, study skills and homework support. In her free time Peggy enjoys spending time with her family, oil painting and horseback riding.
  • Givarjis Petros, Tutor

    Givarjis Petros

    Tutor

    Petros has been with Sylvan Camden since 2006. He received his degree in mathematics from California State University Fullerton. He has passion for mathematics and loves to teach it. He tutors all level of math including Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics, and more. He strongly believes that as a teacher he has the responsibility of teaching math and as well as motivating students to have the same passion for mathematics. He believes math at any level is very easy and fun if we encounter it the right way.
  • Larry Laskowski, Tutor

    Larry Laskowski

    Tutor

    Larry joined Sylvan San Jose at the Camden Avenue center in 2013, serving Union, Campbell Union, and San Jose Unified School Districts. As a high school teacher, Larry has taught Chemistry (Honors and regular), and AP Biology and Environmental Science. Larry enjoys tutoring students in Reading and Math as well as helping with Science and Math homework. He also teaches science and math in Adult Education at the Fremont Union High School District. Prior to teaching Larry worked in high technology companies as an engineer and software manager. He holds a Masters Degree in Education and one in Computer Science from Santa Clara University. Larry enjoys bicycling in his free time.
  • Connie Kass, Tutor

    Connie Kass

    Tutor

    Connie has worked as an instructor at Sylvan of San Jose since March 2013. She is a graduate of Calvin College where she obtained her BA in Elementary Education, and Michigan State University where she received her MA in Curriculum and Development. Connie was a classroom teacher at San Jose Christian School for 17 years in grades 2-4, particularly enjoying instruction in early literacy skills, reading, writing, and math. Before that she taught in Michigan, Nigeria, and Wisconsin. Connie has experience tutoring one on one, in small groups with children after school, and teaching her own classes in the last 25 years. In her free time, Connie enjoys reading, movies, theater, and travel.
  • Karenlee Zandi, Tutor

    Karenlee Zandi

    Tutor

    Karenlee has worked as a tutor at Sylvan of Camden Rd, San Jose since March of 2009. She is a graduate of San Jose State University where she obtained her BA in child development, then her CLAD, K-8 teaching credential. Previous to Sylvan Learning of Camden, Karenlee taught fifth grade, and is currently teaching first grade at San Martin/Gwinn Elementary school. She has a lot of experience teaching early literacy skills, reading, writing, and study skills one on one, in small groups with children after school, and teaching her own classes for 14 years. In her free time she likes to go hiking, camping, and reading mysteries.
  • Shamal Patki, Tutor

    Shamal Patki

    Tutor

    Shamal has been teaching as a tutor at Sylvan Learning Center of San Jose since 2006. She teaches the Math, Reading and Writing programs. She also helps students with their homework in various subjects. Presently, she teaches at Santa Clara County School and a Community College. Shamal enjoys working with students of all ages. Prior to being a teacher Shamal worked in the biotech industry doing research. In her free time she likes to go hiking and dancing.
  • Gary Wolf, Tutor

    Gary Wolf

    Tutor

    Gary is an instructor in San Jose, CA with a gift for working with kids. While Gary has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math as well as reading tutoring. He studied at San Jose State University. When Gary isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him hiking or reading books. 
  • Betsy Persichetty, Tutor

    Betsy Persichetty

    Tutor

    Betsy started with Sylvan Camden in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Liberal Arts from the University of Tennessee. She received her Master's Degree in Special Education from National University in 2003. She has been teaching students with special needs as a Resource Specialist and a Special Day Class teacher for grades Kindergarten through eighth grade, for 13 years. In her free time, Betsy enjoys spending time with her family at their wooded property in the mountains of Northern California. She tutors Sylvan Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Sylvan Math Essentials, and Writing.
  • Curtis L., Tutor

    Curtis L.

    Tutor

    Curtis has been working with Sylvan Learning since January 2014 and at the Camden office since January 2015. He also teaches Sylvan’s Ace-IT! afterschool program and Sylvan’s summer reading and math programs for Sunnyvale’s Summer Express program. He got his BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College in Minnesota, his Master in Education in Early Childhood Education from Antioch University in New Hampshire and holds a California multiple subject teaching credential. Curtis has also been a National Park Ranger at Zion National Park. His hobbies include hiking and Ingress.
  • Shannon Swiney, Instructor

    Shannon Swiney

    Instructor

    Shannon has previously worked for Sylvan Learning Center in Napa, CA and has been with Sylvan’s Camden center since August 2016. She loves to teach all levels of math and many science subjects such as Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Chemistry, and Biology. She also enjoys teaching STEM classes and has taught multiple STEM classes including Robotics, Coding, Bridge Building, and Machine Makers to name a few. Shannon is very passionate about math and science and her positive exuberance towards these subjects easily influences her students. When Shannon is not at Sylvan, you will find her studying towards her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University. 
  • Elisheva Bailey, Tutor

    Elisheva Bailey

    Tutor

    Elisheva (who goes by Ellie) joined Sylvan Learning Camden in the spring of 2017. She is currently a substitute teacher for several school districts including San Jose Unified School District, Fremont Union High School District and Cupertino Union School District. She is a regular substitute teacher for Castillero, Bret Harte and John Muir Middle Schools and Leland, Pioneer and Lincoln High Schools. Elisheva loves teaching science, specifically biology and health science and she loves teaching English and writing and has a passion for working with students of all ages. When she is not working or tutoring, Elisheva is working on her Master's in Teaching for Biology and hopes to have her own classroom in the near future. Elisheva lives in Almaden Valley and has a husband, two daughters, a dog and cat. 
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