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-  B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio

    Rebecca Chenault

    Director of Education- B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio

    Certified Teacher/ Reading Specialist- Since 1998, Rebecca has been a lead teacher, trainer, and tester for Sylvan Learning Center. With over 26 years of experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in the 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- B.S. Elementary Education from Otterbein University, M.S. Educational Leadership from Concordia University

    Leanna Hazelwood

    Director of Education- B.S. Elementary Education from Otterbein University, M.S. Educational Leadership from Concordia University

    Certified Teacher
    Leanna joined the Sylvan of Schertz team in 2022.  Before 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.
  • Maria Elena Gilliland, Reading, Math, Writing, Study Skills Tutor

    Maria Elena Gilliland

    Reading, Math, Writing, Study Skills Tutor

    Certified teacher - B.S. in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas University

    Maria joined the Schertz team in 2016.  She has over 28 years of teaching experience! She has certifications in k-8, English as a Second Language, and Gifted and Talented. She feels that tutoring at Sylvan rejuvenates her and reminds her what teaching should be like with personalized one-on-one instruction. In her free time, Maria enjoys coaching a dance team and a robotics team. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Joel Cunningham, Reading, Writing, Study Skills Teacher

    Joel Cunningham

    Reading, Writing, Study Skills Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. Business Management from University of Tampa, M.B.A. Business Management from National University.
    Joel is a former middle school ELAR, science and social studies teacher in the Schertz/ Cibolo/ Universal City School District.  Before teaching school, he was a commissioned officer in the United States Airforce.  Joel joined the Sylvan Learning of Schertz team in 2022.
  • Tara Nesbit, Reading and Math Teacher

    Tara Nesbit

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher-B.S. in Education from Texas Lutheran University
    Tara joined the Sylvan Learning Center of Schertz team in 2022.  She is a former Kindergarten and second grade teacher in the New Braunfels School District.  


  • Hali Clough, Reading and Math Teacher

    Hali Clough

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, M.S. in Literacy Education from Wayland University
    Hali is currently a Pre-K teacher in Marion ISD.  She formerly taught Pre-k, Kindergarten, and 1st grade in Seguin ISD, Irving ISD, and Arlington ISD. Hali joined the Sylvan Learning Center of Schertz location in 2022.
  • Ericka Brucks, Reading and Math Teacher

    Ericka Brucks

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University
    Ericka currently teaches at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in New Braunfels. She joined the Sylvan of Schertz and New Braunfels team in 2022.
  • 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.
  • Mary Bayer, Reading and Math Teacher

    Mary Bayer

    Reading and Math Teacher

    B.A. in Accounting from Texas State, M.B.A. in Business Logistics from Webster University, Currently pursuing a M.S. in Education
    Mary is a retired Executive Officer of the United States Army.  Currently she is pursuing a Masters in Education while substituting in the Schertz/Cibolo/Universal City School District.  Mary joined the Sylvan Learning Center of Schertz team in 2022.


  • 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.