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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.
  • Betsy Rosebrugh, Senior Director of Education

    Betsy Rosebrugh

    Senior Director of Education

    Betsy brings to Sylvan Learning Center over 30 years of experience working with children and families in an educational setting. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in Psychology and went on to earn a Masters degree in Education with a focus on Reading from Loyola College. Early literacy is her area of expertise, and her teaching has been focused on early elementary grades. After teaching in a variety of public and private schools New York, Maryland, and Arizona, she moved out of the classroom to lead the School and Child Life programs at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Outside of work, she enjoys being outside to hike the surrounding mountains, golfing and exploring the beaches with her husband.
  • 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.
  • Sharie Palatt, Tutor

    Sharie Palatt


    Sharie is thrilled to be a Sylvan teacher! Possessing a California State multiple subject credential has allowed her to develop an extensive teaching background. She has had experience teaching in self-contained classrooms, in addition to one-on-one and small group tutoring. Sharie earned her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing in June 2012 from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her employment in a variety of elementary schools and two design colleges has enabled her to carry out her passion for working with learners of all ages. When she is not teaching, Sharie enjoys reading, watching baseball (she is an avid Dodgers fan!), and spending time with her husband and two adult children.  
  • Gail Green, Tutor

    Gail Green


    Gail feels fortunate to have found her true calling, “teaching”. She is proud to be working at Sylvan with other dedicated teachers and staff. As an experienced educator in both general and special education, Gail brings her expertise to her students of all ages. She has a passion for education and truly enjoys helping her students feel good about themselves and see their own progress. When she is not teaching Gail enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, her friends and trying new things (currently she is taking a ceramics class).  
  • Shae Souter-Willet, STEM Tutor

    Shae Souter-Willet

    STEM Tutor

    Shae was introduced to engineering in high school while competing on the robotics team. He was lucky to be a part of an amazing team in 2014 that won the Vex Robotics World Championship. Since that time, he has loved both studying and teaching STEM all around the greater LA area. 
  • Elizabeth Williams, Tutor

    Elizabeth Williams


    Elizabeth is passionate about teaching and helping children of all ages be life-long learners. She has been teaching for over twenty years in various capacities as a lecturer, classroom teacher and one-on-one tutor. Elizabeth teaches Math and English, and when she is not teaching, she works as a screenwriter. She also enjoys painting, reading and the rain.
  • Christina Johnson, Tutor

    Christina Johnson


    Christina is passionate about using the Socratic principles and positive psychology to help students conquer their schoolwork and “hit the ground” running to a bright future. She is enthusiastic to energize the “future doctors and scientists of LA” to be well-rounded, creative thinkers, who are well equipped with the fundamentals. Christina is a former Dornsife-Tyler PHD Environmental fellow at USC and has lived in Hawaii studying climate change and marine microbiology. She has been tutoring in chemistry, biology, environmental science, K-10 math skills, SAT, ACT, ISEE, and HSPT prep for over 5 years.
  • Leah Williams, Tutor

    Leah Williams


    Leah is the one person who is always the first to get up to dance at a party and actually thinks writing essays can be fun! Born and raised in Louisville Kentucky, she has lived in LA for almost 9 years. Pursuing a career in entertainment, she is equally passionate about education and encouraging students to be fearless thinkers. She enjoys her time teaching at Sylvan and is looking forward to watching her students grow.
  • 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. 
  • Rachel Cohen, Administrator

    Rachel Cohen


    Rachel was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Her number one love is working with children, and encouraging them to believe in themselves. She graduated from USC, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She was also a member of the USC Repertory Dance Company. She currently teaches different styles of dance to children of all ages, predominantly Classical Ballet, choreographing numerous stage performances throughout California. Rachel is one of the word’s largest Harry Potter fans, loves to travel, meet new people, and spend time with family. 
  • Jeff Kaplan, Tutor

    Jeff Kaplan


    Jeff has always loved learning and school. His earliest memory is helping his 2nd grade teacher set up her room before school started in September. After spending many years as a fund raiser for various non profits Jeff got his teaching credential in Social Science and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. During the day, Jeff is a substitute teacher for LAUSD. He likes spinach, broccoli, avocado, writing, reading, running and the movies. 
  • Derek Ranney, Tutor

    Derek Ranney


    Derek is a Hazardous Substance Engineer for the state of California and recently moved to LA from Seattle. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University, and a Master's in Actuarial Science from Heriot Watt University. When Derek isn't tutoring at the Sylvan center, he enjoys reading, working out, or going on adventures with his friends.
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