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




    Bringing a wealth of information from across the world, Elena leads us here at Sylvan with an IRON FIST! But not really. She's a loving mother of two who turned to teaching and education as a career to better guide the learning process of children, including her own. Originally from Romania, educated with a Philosophy degree, and fluent in multi-cultural education, Elena spends most of her free time in outdoor spots including biking and hiking. That is, with two kids, when she can get free time!
  • Jessica C, Director of Education

    Jessica C

    Director of Education

    Jessica is originally from Memphis, TN, but is thrilled to have made the trek to Seattle in 2015! She comes to Sylvan with a Master’s of Arts in Teaching under her belt as well as with both teaching and instructional coaching experience. She has taught everything from STEM subjects to reading! She loves to share her passion for learning and hopes to develop lifelong learners and future leaders! On her days off, she likes to be active through hiking, attending Zumba classes, rooting on some of her favorite sports teams, and- of course- spending time with her two fur babies (AKA dogs)- Chloe and Cooper!
  • Jamie H, Lead Teacher

    Jamie H

    Lead Teacher

    Jamie graduated from Vassar College with both departmental and general honors. A native Washingtonian, she volunteered with young students during her high school years and worked as a writing tutor throughout her time in college. She enjoys tutoring students in all subjects, particularly writing—she could go on for hours about essay and story structures. Jamie hopes to build a career as an educator and a writer. She is a media buff, a marine science nerd, a published author, and the most avid dog enthusiast you’ll ever meet.
  • Marie, Teacher



    Marie Rose holds a BS in engineering, specifically aeronautical and mechanical. She started teaching math and science 12 years ago. That hooked her on teaching! She has been teaching and tutoring math and science ever since, including here at Sylvan of Northgate since 2007! Her favorite part is getting the students confident and excited about math and science. Sylvan of Northgate gives her the opportunity to work with kids one-on-one in a way they usually don't get in the classroom. Marie enjoys playing video games, writing stories, drawing and painting, and, of course, science!
  • Marilyn , TEACHER



    Marilyn has been teaching writing, reading, math, and study skills at Sylvan since 2006. Before teaching, she worked in arts management, university administration, instructional media design, writing, and production. From the University of Washington, she received B.A. in History and Master of Education degrees. At Antioch University, she completed the Graduate Teacher Preparation program, receiving certification. She loves to get together with friends, cook, go to ethnic restaurants, watch movies, read, play music, and explore the Pacific Northwest. For Marilyn, seeing students develop confidence in their abilities is the best part about teaching at Sylvan!
  • May, Teacher



    A true born and raised Seattlite, May has some serious global background: spending some time away in Guatemala and Jamaica for the Peace Corps, she taught agriculture and nutrition to families, women's groups, and schools. May has a BA in Economics from the U of Puget Sound, and a M. Ed in Elementary Ed from Antioch Seattle! Here at Sylvan, she teaches math and reading - May loves bring a part of a student's education and the challenge of helping young people learn. When she's not teaching her experienced ways, May spends her time hiking, walking her dog (who came back with her from Guatemala!), and caring for her new five chickens. 
  • Eric T, Teacher

    Eric T


    ric is from South Texas and graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. Eric’s strengths are in math and he has tutored K-12 students for over six years at a tutoring center in Texas. Through his experience, Eric has learned how to provide students with the information they need and he adapts to different learning styles and situations. Tutoring allows Eric to give back to his community, making it a rewarding experience on multiple levels. Eric’s hobbies include anything related to football, basketball, and computers.
  • Nigel, Teacher



    Nigel is currently a freshman at the University of Washington. He is planning on majoring in Computer Science and has a passion for technology. Having lived his whole life in Seattle, Nigel is a loyal Sounders and Seahawks fan. In his free time, Nigel enjoys playing soccer, running, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Nigel’s favorite part of being at Sylvan is being able to help kids get a thorough understanding of a concept that they previously struggled with.
  • Carissa O, Teacher

    Carissa O


    I am currently a student at the University of Washington. I am planning on majoring in Education with the hopes of becoming a high school math teacher. I am a Seattle native and have been tutoring around the area for around two years. A little bit about me is that I love to travel, paint, and read. I love working with students and it brings me joy when they understand a new concept, or something finally clicks. 
  • Susan P, Teacher

    Susan P


    Susan graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Psychology, studying Developmental Psychology and Learning. She has over twelve years experience teaching elementary school in Seattle Public Schools. A native to the Puget Sound area, her parents are retired teachers. Susan tutors students at Sylvan in reading, writing, and math and enjoys helping students master the skills they will need to be successful. In her spare time, she volunteers at Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium as a Beach Naturalist, promoting conservation and stewardship for nature. She is also an avid photographer.
  • June, Teacher



    Originally from Tarrytown, NY, June moved here to Seattle about a decade ago to spend some time at the University of Washington. He has since acquired a double-major in English and Psychology, as well as a teaching certificate and overseas teaching experience. Ever since, June has loved teaching and his dedicated search led him to us here at Sylvan of Northgate where he tutors in Reading, Writing, and Math! When he's not inspiring children, June spends his time listening to music, reading, and enjoying some sushi.
  • Octavio F, Spanish Teacher

    Octavio F

    Spanish Teacher

    Octavio was born in Colombia, studied Computer Sciences in college, has been teaching Spanish since 2001, and has been working with Sylvan since 2012. He loves to teach his mother language (Spanish) to students that really appreciate the learning, either because it’s required at school or just because they like it and want to speak it. Octavio loves music, his favorite being Latin and Classical. He loves to dance, travel, meet new people from different cultures and reading. He loves working at Sylvan because it gives him the chance to work with kids that are motivated and extremely smart. Fun fact about Octavio: He hates ALL spicy food, and does not enjoy American football! (Sorry, Seahawks)
  • Shao C, Teacher

    Shao C


    I'm Shao and I’m from Taiwan. Since I was small, I’ve lived in a multicultural environment. I received my education in international school, where I discovered my passion for STEM and sports. I recently graduated from University of Washington with a mathematics degree. In my free time, I love to play computer games and discover new restaurants in my area!
  • Kelsey M, Teacher

    Kelsey M


    Kelsey is originally from the frozen land of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She fell in love with the PNW while studying Physics at Western Washington University and eagerly returned to Seattle after a brief stint at the University of Minnesota, where she received an MS in Mechanical Engineering. Kelsey has been tutoring students of all ages for 7 years now and really loves to see students learn and grow into confident masters of their subjects. In her free time Kelsey likes to play ultimate frisbee, cook and play board games. 
  • Rachel A, Teacher

    Rachel A


    Rachel is from Boise, Idaho and moved to Seattle in 2016 to attend the University of Washington graduate program for Speech-Language Pathology. She graduated from the College of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Spanish. During her time at C of I, she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain where she attended an international college and taught English to students ranging from 3 to 12 years old. In her free time, Rachel loves watching football (go NY Giants!!), attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family.
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