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Meet our San Luis Obispo Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Phillip Toriello, Center Director

    Phillip Toriello

    Center Director

    As Sylvan Central Coast's Center Director, Phillip leads the way in creating an enthusiastic learning environment. From hiring great teachers, to welcoming and helping students identify their academic goals, he is the ambassador of aloha. A former guest-teacher for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Phillip chose a career in supplemental education because helping children to be, and do their best, has been a life-long passion of his. Following his military service, Phillip studied at, and graduated from California Polytechnic University - SLO. When Phillip isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him at the beach with his family surfing, building rock towers, and enjoying the Central Coast.
  • Matt Shea, Assistant Director & Administration

    Matt Shea

    Assistant Director & Administration

    Matt Shea helps oversee the educational integrity of our programs.  He also helps Phill to provide a top notch educational home for our parents, students, and teachers.  Matt graduated with a BS in Geography from the University of Oregon and then a Masters in Teaching from Concordia University.  He has taught junior high social studies and language arts, high school English, and English as a second language in Prague.  Although he misses his fellow 'Ducks' in Oregon, Matt loves living on the central coast with his wife and two daughters.
  • Kylie Ferree, Teacher

    Kylie Ferree


    Kylie Ferre brings an enthusiastic and motivating attitude to our Sylvan Central Coast team. Kylie is SLO County born and raised, a graduate from Cal Poly with a BS in Biology, and is still a student of the university in pursuit of her teaching credential. Kylie specializes in math, science, and smiles. When Kylie is not at Sylvan encouraging students to become the best version of themselves, she can be found hiking, surfing, and exploring the Central Coast. Kylie has a passion for teaching, coaching, and walking alongside others as they grow and learn. She has coached waterpolo, been a lead camp counselor, tutored, and is an Avila Beach Junior Lifeguard Instructor.
  • Jessey Yates, Teacher

    Jessey Yates


    Jessey Yates supports children in literacy and math, building confidence while making connections to students. With a Bachelor’s in Sociology, Jessey completed her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Cal Poly and has student taught and long-term subbed in Kindergarten classrooms. She specialized in literacy support for early readers and planned and taught STEM lessons for students of all ages. As a former camp counselor, Jessey loves spending time outdoors and motivating children to love learning. 
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