Meet our San Antonio Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Mindy Hearn, Executive  Director -B.A. in Liberal Studies with an Option in Early Childhood Education

    Mindy Hearn

    Executive 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, Austin, Albuquerque and Charleston  learning centers to ensure quality instruction and excellent customer service.
  • Peggy Ayala, Center Director

    Peggy Ayala

    Center Director

    Certified Teacher- B.S. in Elementary Education with a specialization Mathematics
    Peggy joined the Sylvan team in 1999.  She is a former middle school math teacher.  Peggy has been a Director of Education at our Northwest San Antonio and South San Antonio locations.  As Center Director, she leads the Sylvan of South San Antonio team to success!
  • Cecile Schultz, Reading, Math, Writing Teacher- Assessment Administrator

    Cecile Schultz

    Reading, Math, Writing Teacher- Assessment Administrator

    Certified Teacher- B.A. in Elementary Education, M.A. in Elementary Education, Certifed in Special Education
    Cecile has over 35 years teaching experience in both public and private schools here in San Antonio. Cecile attended UTSA. She has tutored at the South San Antonio learning center since 2005.
  • Ricardo Acuna, Reading and Math Teacher

    Ricardo Acuna

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher- B.A. in English
    Ricardo is a graduate of St. Mary's University.   He retired from teaching in SAISD in 2020 after 20 years of service.  Ricardo taught English, coached sports and UIL teams.  He joined the Sylvan of South San Antonio and Schertz teams in 2020.
  • Jason Balencia, Reading and Math Teacher

    Jason Balencia

    Reading and Math Teacher

    Certified Teacher-Jason has been a part of the Sylvan family for many years.  He first joined our team as a Center Assistant and has recently rejoined our South San Antonio Sylvan Team as a teacher.  He comes from a family of educators, and his positivity and warmth are felt by all students that work with him.
  • Linda Young, Reading, Math and Writing Teacher

    Linda Young

    Reading, Math and Writing Teacher

    Certified Teacher
    Linda joined our Sylvan of South San Antonio team in the summer of 2021.  Linda is a retired English teacher, she really appreciates and enjoys Sylvan's multisensory approach to learning for all students.