Meet our Schertz Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Mindy Hearn, Executive Director of Operations, Center Director-B.A. in Liberal Studies with an Option in Early Childhood Education

    Mindy Hearn

    Executive Director of Operations, Center Director-B.A. in Liberal Studies with an Option in Early Childhood Education

    Mindy graduated in 1992 with her B.A. in Liberal Studies with an Option in Early Childhood Education from Cal State University and began teaching elementary school. After 10 years, she relocated to San Antonio. Here she began work with Sylvan Learning Center as a Director of Education. In 2003, she was promoted to Center Director of our Bandera Rd location. In 2015 she was promoted to Executive Director.  Her responsibilities include overseeing the operations of the Schertz, New Braunfels, South San Antonio, Albuquerque, Austin and Summerville, SC,  learning centers to ensure quality instruction and excellent customer service.
  • Rebecca Chenault, Director of Education- M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, B.S. in Elementary Education

    Rebecca Chenault

    Director of Education- M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, B.S. in Elementary Education

    Certified Teacher/ Reading Specialist- Since 1998, Rebecca has been a lead teacher, trainer and tester for Sylvan Learning Center. With over 26 years experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in  Northside School District. She graduated from Southwest Texas University in 1975 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and later completed her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2002, Rebecca received her Master Reading Teacher Certification. Rebecca joined our Sylvan of Schertz/New Braunfels team in 2020.
  • Leanna Hazelwood, Director of Education

    Leanna Hazelwood

    Director of Education

    B.S. Elementary Education from Otterbein University, M.S. Educational Leadership from Concordia University
    Leanna joined the Sylvan of Schertz team in 2022.  Prior to Sylvan, she was a kindergarten teacher at Basis in San Antonio.  Leanna is excited to expand her educational knowledge while working with students and families at Sylvan.


  • Candace Harris,  Reading, Writing, Study Skills, Test Prep Teacher

    Candace Harris

    Reading, Writing, Study Skills, Test Prep Teacher

    Certified Teacher-  B.A. Elementary Education, M.A in Administration and Supervision from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA.
    Candace joined the Schertz team in 2008.   She has over 32 years of classroom teaching experience.  She retired from the Schertz/Cibolo ISD in 2007.
  • DEBRA KATZ, READING, WRITING, MATH, SCIENCE, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    DEBRA KATZ

    READING, WRITING, MATH, SCIENCE, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Certified Teacher-  B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
    Debra joined the Sylvan of Schertz team in  2019.  She has 28 years of teaching experience currently in Judson ISD at Wagner High School.  Previously Debra taught in the Schertz-Cibolo district and in Utah.  In her spare time, you'll find Debra working with IMPACT, a club affiliated with the San Antonio Water Systems, doing projects that relate to water.
  • Sarah Van Ness, Math, Study Skills, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Sarah Van Ness

    Math, Study Skills, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Certified Teacher-  B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno, CA/ Secondary Math Certification from California State University, Long Beach. 
    Sarah rejoined the Sylvan of Schertz team in 2017.  She previously taught in Hawaii and Idaho. She loves math and logic problems and used to say to herself "I would be happy if I could do math every day." In her free time, you may find her completing sudoku or logic puzzles.
  • Karen Feldman, Reading and Math Teacher

    Karen Feldman

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher -B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and M.A. in Business Administration/ Communication from University of Incarnate Word.
    Karen joined the Sylvan of Schertz and New Braunfels team in 2021.  She is currently the District RTI/504 Coordinator for New Braunfels ISD.  Prior to this position, she was the Principal at Gallardo Elementary in Southside ISD, as well as a Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Elementary Teacher in Austin ISD.
  • CD Vise, Math, Physics, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    CD Vise

    Math, Physics, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Certified Teacher-  B.S Mathematics from Oklahoma State Univesity, M.S. in Systems Management from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX.
    CD has been with Sylvan of Schertz since 2017.  He spent 15 years as a math teacher in Del Rio and then in San Antonio at NEISD and Roosevelt High School, teaching grades 10 through 12.  Prior to that he spent 8 years as an Instructor Pilot in the US Air Force.  In his spare time he is a sponsor for both the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society.
  • Tony Marini, Math, Reading, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Tony Marini

    Math, Reading, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.A. Mathematics / Education from North Park University, Chicago, IL.
    Tony has tutored students at our Bandera, South San Antonio, Schertz and New Braunfels locations since 2011.   Tony has over 30 years of teaching experience. While Tony has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in watching student learn new skills. 
  • Peggy Ayala, Reading and Math Teacher/ Assessment Proctor/ Program Consultant

    Peggy Ayala

    Reading and Math Teacher/ Assessment Proctor/ Program Consultant

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Math
    Peggy joined the Sylvan team in 1999.  She is a former middle school math teacher.  Peggy has been a Director of Education at our Northwest San Antonio and South San Antonio locations.  Even though Peggy is retired, she continues to teach and assist the learning center on a part-time basis.
  • Gene Foerster, Reading and Math Teacher

    Gene Foerster

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Mr. Gene has studied business and accounting at Upper Iowa University in Des Moines and Baylor University in Waco. A former city administrator in Bandera, Texas and teacher at St. Peter and Paul private school,  he joined the Sylvan of Schertz and New Braunfels team in 2017.  
  • Monica Stolp, Reading and Math Teacher

    Monica Stolp

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Psychology from Texas State, San Marcos
    Monica joined the Sylvan of New Braunfels team in 2021.  She is currently the remote learning teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in New Braunfels.  Prior to this, Monica was the lead teacher at Canyon Lake Kids Academy.
  • Kaye Robinson, Math and Reading Teacher/ STEM Teacher

    Kaye Robinson

    Math and Reading Teacher/ STEM Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Chemical Engineering, M.A. in Education/ Institutional Technology
    Kaye is currently the  Cyber P-Tech Coordinator at Sam Houston High School in SAISD.  She is a former Assistant Principal  at Davis Middle School, Principal at IDEA South Flores and Vice Principal of Instruction at Incarnate Word High School.  Kaye joined the Sylvan of Schertz in 2021.
  • Daniel Viray, Math, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Daniel Viray

    Math, SAT/ACT Prep Teacher

    Certified Teacher-  B.A. in Mathematics from University of Incarnate Word
    Daniel is a former Sylvan teacher that rejoined our Sylvan of Schertz team in 2021.  He has spent 5 years teaching math at McArthur High School in NEISD, and was a former After School Counselor at St. Pius X Catholic School in San Antonio.  Daniel really enjoys teaching students of all ages and can teach math up to Calculus.


  • Jeri Geren, Center Assistant/ Assessment Proctor/ Tutor

    Jeri Geren

    Center Assistant/ Assessment Proctor/ Tutor

    Jeri holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M, San Antonio, an A.S. in Liberal Arts, and an A.S. in Forensic Chemistry. Jeri joined our Sylvan of Schertz team in 2019.  She enjoys working with students of all ages.  Jeri oversees the instructional hours and ensures that all students are well taken care of.
  • Jessica Olsen, Reading,  Writing,  and SAT/ACT Teacher

    Jessica Olsen

    Reading, Writing, and SAT/ACT Teacher

    Certified Teacher-  B.A. in Theology from Texas Lutheran University

    Jessica taught English / Language Arts at Pleasanton High School and was a writing tutor while attending TLU in Seguin.  She joined the Sylvan of Schertz team in 2021.
  • Madison Deater, Center Assistant

    Madison Deater

    Center Assistant

    Madison will be graduating from Clemens High School in the spring of 2022.  As a Center Assistant, her duties include preparing the center for tutoring sessions, welcoming students to the center and overseeing their departure.  Maddie joined the Sylvan of Schertz team in 2021.
  • Arnette Scharf, Reading, Writing, Math Teacher

    Arnette Scharf

    Reading, Writing, Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher with a B.A. in History from UT and M.S. in Social Work from Southwest Texas State.
    Arnette joined the Sylvan of Schertz team in 2021.  She is currently a counselor at Gallardo Elementary in Southside ISD.  Arnette is a former middle school teacher of the Southside ISD and has been a school counselor in La Vernia, Karnes City, and Randolph Field ISD.