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Meet our Southlake Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Marc & Amy Hayes, Owners

    Marc & Amy Hayes

    Owners

    Marc & Amy purchased the Southlake/Keller location in April 2018. After spending the past 25 years in Lubbock, they embarked on a new journey - one that led them to the Metroplex and Sylvan. Their son attends Rice University and is the one who inspired them to get involved in the education field to help others reach their full potential. Education and learning unlock so many doors and they enjoy being part of the process and are committed to ensuring Sylvan keeps delivering results.
  • Chelsea Beener, Center Director

    Chelsea Beener

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Chelsea helps to lead and facilitate the operations and management for Sylvan Learning of Southlake/Keller. A former Retail Manager, Chelsea chose a career in the tutoring business because she wanted to fulfill her passion for advocating for children and academic achievement.  She earned her BBA in Marketing from the University of North Texas. When Chelsea isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, being outdoors, and trying new restaurants.
  • Denise Luckey, Director of Education

    Denise Luckey

    Director of Education

    Denise oversees the educational integrity of our programs,  managing and training our team of tutors.  As a former tri-licensed teacher, Denise brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan with many years of teaching experience in New Jersey, Illinois, and Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and education from Carlow University. As  a member of the Southlake staff since 2002, Denise finds the greatest joy in inspiring students to achieve their academic goals. 
  • Brikena Haraqija, Center Assistant

    Brikena Haraqija

    Center Assistant

    Brikena has a Bachelor or Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington with a major in English Literature and a minor in History. In the near future, she will be teaching English Language Arts grades 7-12. Brikena loves education and is very passionate about it.  In her free time she likes to take adventurous road trips with her husband and family.  In May of 2012, she traveled throughout Europe where she learned about new cultures and traditions of the countries there.  She also likes to read, write and socialize with her friends and family.
  • Eddie Kim, Tutor

    Eddie Kim

    Tutor

    Eddie is one of our Math and SAT/ACT tutors here at Sylvan.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and is pursuing a career in Electrical Engineering. Some of his hobbies are playing sports, eating, and tutoring.
  • Kishta Ramirez, Tutor

    Kishta Ramirez

    Tutor

    Kishta is a former English teacher at Bowie High School in Arlington, TX. with a gift for working with kids.  At Sylvan she enjoys tutoring students in reading, study skills, writing, and SAT/ACT.  Kishta graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BA in English/Writing. When Kishta isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with her family. 
  • Joseph Buchanan-Vega, Tutor

    Joseph Buchanan-Vega

    Tutor

    Joseph was formerly a Physics teacher in Allen, TX.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Physics at Grambling State University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering at The University of North Texas at Dallas. Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan where he tutors all level math and science students.  
  • Marilyn Weber, Tutor

    Marilyn Weber

    Tutor

    Marilyn has utilized her 42 + years of classroom teaching in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, inspiring students toward their educational goals at Sylvan Southlake since 1998. Marilyn holds her BA and MA degrees from Rosary College, NIU, and TCU, with dual certifications in Illinois and Texas for 6-12 History and English. She enjoys volunteering at her church, Boy Scout Merit Badge counseling, playing the piano, and reading historically based novels.
  • Diane McQuillan, Tutor

    Diane McQuillan

    Tutor

    Diane graduated from St. Mary's College in Wionona, MN.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a Psychology major and a Business Administration minor.  Diane enjoys working as a Kindergarten teacher at Children's Courtyard, where she has been a member of their staff for several years.  Diane engages students in learning processes by utilizing creative and interesting teaching methods and multi-sensory applications.  Diane enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchild.
  • Laura Moore , Tutor

    Laura Moore

    Tutor

    Laura Moore is a Math and Reading instructor for Sylvan Learning Center. Before coming to Sylvan, she taught in Texas, Kansas, and completed her studies at Baylor University. When Laura isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, exercising, serving at church, and spending time with her family and friends.
  • Tod Anderson, Tutor

    Tod Anderson

    Tutor

    Tod is a teacher at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth.  He graduated from Southwest TX State University with a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of North TX.  Tod enjoys teaching reading, math, and writing to our Sylvan students.  His greatest joy is in the area of biology, earth science, and bilingual education.
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