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!

  • Marilyn Del Rio, Center Director

    Marilyn Del Rio

    Center Director

    Marilyn Del Rio has been with the Sylvan team for 7 years supporting centers in Downey, Long Beach, and Culver City in various roles and found her passion in marketing as she developed relationships with partner schools and businesses. Her favorite part of working with Sylvan though has been helping families find solutions for their child(ren) and seeing the confidence grow with their skills. Marilyn is excited to work with your child(ren) as the Center Director of Sylvan Learning of Sherman Oaks. When she's not in the center, you'll find her at the nearest dog park with her fur-baby, Gigi, or enjoying music at a local concert.
  • Nancy Diaz, Program Manager

    Nancy Diaz

    Program Manager

    Nancy has a gift for working with kids. While she has many tutoring talents, Nancy finds the greatest joy in teaching elementary reading and math. She has been a tutor and program manager for the Northridge center for 2 years, and earned her Elementary credential from CSUN. Nancy has also worked as a teacher's assistant at Garden Grove Elementary. When Nancy isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her playing and singing songs to her new baby boy!
  • 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 20 years in many different roles. In her free time, Cat enjoys baking, doing anything crafty, and spending time with her husband and two children.
  • Lucia I., Tutor

    Lucia I.


    Lucia has always had a passion for working with students. She is currently working on receiving her California Teaching Credential from CSUN, the same school she got her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from. Before working at Sylvan, she was a T.A. for many years at an Elementary school. She is excited to expand her teaching experience here at Sylvan. When she isn't at work or school, Lucia loves to go hiking, do yoga, hang out with friends, and play with her dog!
  • Amie S., Tutor

    Amie S.


    Amie Soffer has been with Sylvan since August 2021. She has 13 years of teaching experience with a B.A degree in Mass Communications and an A.A Degree in early childhood education. When Amie is not working at Sylvan, she loves spending time with her Husband Darren, and her cat Farfalle. 
  • Eloisa L., Tutor

    Eloisa L.


    Eloisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology, but she has worked in LAUSD for 3 years and enjoys working with and tutoring students at Sylvan! Eloisa is vegetarian, her favorite colors are green, yellow, and purple; and loves to hang out with her sisters in her free time.



    Corine holds a Master’s degree in Education. She has worked for Bright Star Schools for 3 years teaching Kindergarten. She also enjoys tutoring students at Sylvan! In her free time she loves spending time with friends, and playing with her cats, Ed and Eloise.
  • 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.
  • Roxana S., Teacher's Assistant

    Roxana S.

    Teacher's Assistant

    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. 
  • Abdul C., Tutor

    Abdul C.


    Abdullah has been working with Sylvan since 2020. As a teacher, I have worked with students since 2013 as a Math tutor, Teacher’s Assistant, STEM instructor, and currently, I am teaching in LAUSD. 
  • 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.
  • Sharie P., Tutor

    Sharie P.


    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 two adult children.