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Meet our Sherman Oaks Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Shayla Taylor, Center Director

    Shayla Taylor

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Shayla oversees the day to day operations for Sylvan of Northridge. Shayla came to Sylvan after a career in marketing and has also worked as a private tutor. She feels that it's an honor to be able to help children succeed, both in and out of the classroom, and has a genuine desire to help every child experience success. Shayla holds a B.A. in Language from UC Riverside. When she's not at work, you'll find Shayla spending time with family on the softball field, hiking, kayaking and enjoying stand-up comedy, live music and playing pool.
  • Cat Chittick, Education/Operations Coordinator

    Cat Chittick

    Education/Operations Coordinator

    After receiving her degree from Wayne State University in Michigan, Cat moved to Los Angeles and spent several years teaching Shakespeare in the Beyond Borders: Arts and Language for Youth program. She has worked for the Sylvan Learning Center for over 16 years in many different roles. In her free time, Catherine enjoys baking, doing anything crafty, and spending time with her husband and two children.
  • Roxana Shirandami, Administrator

    Roxana Shirandami


    Roxana loves to learn new things! She keeps going back to school to learn new and different skills. As a writer, she has several published pieces. She loves kids and is a strong addition to the administrative team. 
  • Gay B., Tutor

    Gay B.


    Gay is an experienced teacher who especially loves teaching reading to early elementary school aged students. She loves that reading opens a world of imagination for students. Gay is from Los Angeles, and holds an Early Childhood Education Credential from Cal State Northridge. When she's not at Sylvan, Gay enjoys taking photos of nature.
  • Lucas M., Tutor

    Lucas M.


    Lucas has been tutoring for 5 years and loves to teach writing because he has a strong background in the subject and likes to read other people's writing. He has an eye for correcting details, and loves to help other people develop their writing and communicate their ideas clearly. He also enjoys teaching Psychology because it's a wide field with important practical knowledge. Lucas has his BA in Psychology and Writing from Bennington College in Vermont, and is currently pursing his MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University. in his free time, Lucas enjoys playing guitar, is trying to read a book from every country, writes freelance and goes hiking with friends. 
  • Yuuna M., Tutor

    Yuuna M.


    Yuuna loves to teach because she enjoys watching children develop their confidence as learners. Her favorite subject to tutor is Math, because she loves exploring its rhythms, patterns, simplicity and precision. Yuuna has lived in many places, but her ancestral home is in the foothills of the Ghats in the Indian State of Kerala. She studied Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and holds an MA in Art from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Yuuna's hobbies include Art and Design. 
  • Shahnaz P., Tutor

    Shahnaz P.


    Shahnaz is a gifted math teacher who has a passion for the topic. She finds great joy in helping students who are struggling with a concept overcome their challenges and learn the material. Shahnaz is originally from Tehran, and holds BS degrees in physics and accounting. Her hobbies include playing chess, backgammon, rock climbing, yoga, running and ping-pong.
  • Jennifer L., Tutor

    Jennifer L.


    Jennifer is a talented tutor who loves to teach English and grammar. English was always her strongest subject in school and she loves teaching kids the proper way to spell and write papers. Jennifer is from Durham, North Carolina and is currently studying Social Work. When she's not at Sylvan, she enjoys reading, cooking, jazz concerts, museums and going to the beach.
  • Felice A., Tutor

    Felice A.


    Felice is an elementary school teacher who really enjoys teaching English. She loves helping a student who dislikes reading finally connect to a piece of literature, and looks forward to the discussions that follow, book after book. Felice is originally from Los Angeles and holds an Elementary Education Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Mount St. Mary's College. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and finding new places to eat.
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