Meet our Southlake Tutoring Staff


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!

  • Stephany Zapata, Executive Director

    Stephany Zapata

    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Stephany works closely with the Center Directors to ensure all students get the best education possible. Stephany is a graduate of Baylor University with a Math Major with Secondary Education. Stephany also holds a certification in 8-12 Mathematics. Stephany has over 10 years of experience with supplemental education. When Stephany isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing with her son and dog, cooking and traveling to where the beach is.
  • DENIA SCOTT, Director of Education


    Director of Education

    Denia oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Southlake. Denia has experience teaching all levels of Reading, Writing, and Math. She is certified to teach Elementary K-6. Denia has a BA in Elementary Education and an M. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. Denia is passionate about spending time with family, shopping, traveling, and swimming.
  • Jacob Jones, Certified Tutor

    Jacob Jones

    Certified Tutor

    Jacob is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Southlake and Keller. Jacob has experience teaching all levels of Reading, Writing, and Science. He is certified to teach Secondary ELA, Secondary Composite Science, and EC-8 Generalist. Jacob has a BA in Psychology, an MA in Theological Studies, and an MA in Media Arts & Culture. Jacob is passionate about working with students, freelance writing, mentoring early-career professionals, and editing for literary publishers.
  • Mary Ann Leasman, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Mary Ann Leasman


    Mary Ann joined the Sylvan team in Fall 2018.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology and a Masters of Science degree from the University of Texas in Arlington. Following a career in the corporate world, she subbed In Keller and Northwest beginning in 2007 and received her alternative teacher certification in 2009. After teaching for several years in Wise County, she is currently teaching Science at Keller Middle School. Mary Ann enjoys running, cooking, reading, being outdoors, and DIY projects.  
  • Cindy McDonald, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Cindy McDonald


    Cindy is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Southlake and Keller. Cindy teaches Elementary Language Arts, Elementary Math, Middle and High School English, Writing, and SAT Prep. She holds her certification in English, History, Elementary Self-Contained, Elementary Principal, and Secondary Teaching. Cindy has a BA in English and History and an MS in Educational Administration. In her free time, Cindy likes baking, scrapbooking, and reading.
  • Marilyn Weber, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Marilyn Weber


    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 is currently working towards her Doctorate. She enjoys volunteering at her church, playing the piano, gardening, playing crossword puzzles, and reading historically based novels.
  • Laura Moore , CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Laura Moore


    Laura Moore is a Math and Reading instructor for Sylvan Learning Center. Before coming to Sylvan, she taught in Texas, Kansas. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and MS in Special Education / Counseling from Baylor University. When Laura isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, exercising, reading, and spending time with her family.
  • Laure Pilgrim, Certified Tutor

    Laure Pilgrim

    Certified Tutor

    Laure is a certified teacher in Southlake, TX with a gift for working with kids. While Laure has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English/language Arts tutoring. She studied at the University of Missouri. When Laure isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her running, working out or playing with her grandchildren!
  • Tehya Armstead, Tutor

    Tehya Armstead


    Tehya is a tutor at Sylvan Learning of Southlake and Keller. Tehya holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Science and teaches Mathematics and Science at Sylvan. When Tehya is not at Sylvan, she enjoys cross stitching and solving puzzles.