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Meet our Murrieta Tutoring Staff


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

  • Chastity Cordova-Heyward, President of Operations

    Chastity Cordova-Heyward

    President of Operations

    Chastity Heyward is the President of Operations, she holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management, and currently in school for her Doctoral Degree in Leadership. She currently sits as a Forbes Council Member and has numerous articles published on, she also sits as an Advisory Board Member for the University of California, Riverside, NAWBO Inland Empire Board Member, and a School Site Council Board Member on TVUSD. Mrs. Heyward has almost 10 years in the education industry along with a Decade of Leadership experience. Mrs. Heyward has worked for a Tutoring service competitor as an Executive Center Director. Mrs. Heyward is married with 2 children of her own that she keeps busy with extracurricular and educational activities. She believes all kids deserve to have a safe educational environment to learn, grow in, and strives every day to look for ways to provide a lasting education for each child that comes through her Sylvan Learning Center. 
  • Sara Miars, Center Manager

    Sara Miars

    Center Manager

    Sara works with the executive team with all center operations. Sara holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Riverside with a major in Liberal Studies and is working on her Master's Degree in Education at Brandman University. Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher. She also holds a CBEST Credential to teach.  Sara comes with the educational experience of working as a tutor for both high school and elementary school students before working as a Center Manager for Sylvan Learning Center in Murrieta. When she is not working at Sylvan, you can find her spending time with her family. 

  • Jessica G, Admin Assistant / Teacher

    Jessica G

    Admin Assistant / Teacher

    I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from California State University San Marcos. I have spent over 10 years working with special needs children through respite care and Applied Behavioral Analysis. Currently in the last semester of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Being a part of the Sylvan family and seeing children grow and achieve their full academic potential has become a passion of mine. 
  • Vivian M, Teacher/ Admin

    Vivian M

    Teacher/ Admin

    Vivian  has dedicated over seven years to youth enrichment as a tutor and mentor for K-12 students in afterschool programs as well as in the classroom. In recognition for her commitment to uplifting youth, Vivian received the Community Service Award at UC Davis where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Development and Minor in Chicano Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development at UC Riverside. In her free time, Vivian loves cooking, reading, and learning new skills.
  • Clarissa A, Teacher

    Clarissa A


    Hi! My name is Clarissa. I’m a teacher at Sylvan Learning Center! I’ve been working here for almost a year and enjoy every second and every child. I’ve been tutoring children for over 3 years. I am currently earning my Graduate degree in Child Development. I have worked with children ranging from K-5 grade and have learned to curate a fun and inviting learning environment. It’s an exciting feeling to know I’ve created such special bonds with every child that comes my way and even more exciting to be given the chance to create more!



    Cristian Sanchez has a Bachelor's degree in History and with it a deep understanding of the writing process and all the fundamentals of the English Language from beginning to advanced. Along with this, he is well versed in organizational skills that are essential for developing better study habits and time management. He can help students build those very same skills. Aside from all that, he is very personable and easily gets along with students of all ages quite well. He enjoys reading comic books, drawing, playing video games, and loves watching soccer.
  • Alethia B, TEACHER

    Alethia B


    Alethia Barnwell is a new resident of California who brings a great passion for education and science to the center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from South Carolina State University, and a master’s in nuclear and plasma engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. During her studies, she had the opportunity to gain four years of teaching experience as a tutor, after-school instructor, and teaching assistant in various curriculum of mathematics, science, and engineering as well as experimental investigation. Education has always played a big role of inspiration and achievement in her life, so she is very enthusiastic about empowering the next generation of students to strive for excellence in all their goals. She truly believes “the future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams” as Eleanor Roosevelt stated, and that this kind of encouragement should start in the classroom. Outside of academics, she loves dancing, watching movies, reading thriller and suspense books (there better be a twist!), doing aerobics (aspiring cycling queen), theater, and all things Harry Potter.
  • Yvette G, TEACHER

    Yvette G


    Yvette Gonzalez graduated from Murrieta Valley HS.  She became Head Tutor during her 4th year and helped make Murrieta Mesa HS become a National AVID Demonstration School on February 2017. After leaving her legacy as an AVID tutor, she upgraded and became one of the resident substitute teachers at Murrieta Mesa HS these last 4 years. As a substitute teacher at Mesa, she would sub for teachers whenever they were absent, late, or left early.  After graduating from high school, she went to study at Cal. State University of San Marcos There she studied Biology the first three years but lost interest of the subject and switched to Psychology for a year before finally settling in in Social Science in the fields of Psychology, Sociology and Communication. Her favorite class she ever enrolled herself in was a Literary class of Harry Potter. Her professor sorted her in Gryffindor; however, Yvette believes she’s truly a Ravenclaw. She graduated on May 2016 with a BA in Social Science from CSUSM and is now currently enrolled at Azusa Pacific University and is pursuing her teaching credential and Masters in Education. 
  • Mireya M, TEACHER

    Mireya M


    Mireya Chavez-Martinez graduated from the University of California, Davis with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Education. She has 8+ years of experience working with youth in summer camps, after school programs, and classroom settings. Most recently, she has worked as a substitute teacher with Romoland School District for the past 5 years. Fun fact: Mireya is passionate about traveling and reading; she’s always ready to discuss your latest travel plans and current reading list!
  • Nathan S, Teacher

    Nathan S


    Nathan is a teacher at Sylvan Learning Center. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, from California State University, Fullerton. He started working with students in the Moreno Valley School District, where he later became a substitute teacher. What he enjoys most about teaching is watching his students learn how to think, not how to memorize. When he is not teaching, he spends his time writing, photographing, and filming various projects around the Inland Empire. At the end of 2020, he cowrote four theatrical adaptations from Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft works, which were filmed, produced, and streamed by the Riverside Community Players, a local community theater.

  • Kimberly D, Teacher/ Admin Assistant

    Kimberly D

    Teacher/ Admin Assistant

    Being a part of a child’s educational growth is my true passion. With a background in applied behavioral analysis, I’ve had the opportunity to work with children of all ages and learning abilities. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from California State University San Marcos. In my teaching profession, I’ve learned the importance of building rapport with my students, and being able to adapt to diverse learning styles. My teaching philosophy is that students learn best when they are in a positive learning environment where they feel welcomed, comfortable, and supported. The joy in teaching is seeing my students’ ideas develop and being there to guide them each step of the way
  • Benjamin M, Teacher

    Benjamin M


     My name is Ben. I’m a Mathematics tutor. I have a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from California State University-San Marcos. I have worked as a Math Tutor at the University’s Math Lab for a few years while I was a student. I have also done some private tutoring before and after I graduated from college. Since I took some very high-level Math courses, there are Math concepts I know of that will hurt your brain (and mine) just thinking about them! Do not worry, I will help your child with even the brain-hurting concepts while tutoring here at Sylvan Learning of Murrieta. I really loved seeing the spark in students' eyes when they finally understand a concept they were struggling with. That is one of the main things driving me as a tutor. I look forward to having a fun time tutoring at Sylvan!
  • Tyrena W, Teacher

    Tyrena W


    My name is Tyrena, I’m currently a teacher for Sylvan Learning. I was accredited with a B.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside. After graduating from UCR, I decided to pursue a career in teaching English and literature. I enjoy discussing literature, as much as I enjoy reading it. In Summer 2019, I was accepted into a pre-service teaching program called Roots LA, where I had the opportunity to teach an 8th grade English class. The experience was a rigorous 3-month fellowship, where I learned classroom management techniques, pedagogical strategies, and how to create lesson plans with my mentor. Although it was a rigorous program, I enjoyed seeing the students’ faces light up when reading an excerpt from their essays or their interactions in peer-revising papers. The experience was rewarding and trajected me onto a teaching path. Besides teaching for Sylvan, I’m also an Instructor for Alvord School District. My current goals are to go through UC Riverside’s Summer 2021 program and complete the Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts, MFA program by Fall of this 2021.

    HUGH B


    Hello I am Hugh Branstetter.  Although the name Branstetter is of German origin, my family is from Ecuador - specifically the cities of Latacunga and Quito. All my relatives are Ecuadorian. I graduated from CSU Fullerton with Bachelor's Degree in History and  Azusa Pacific University with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. It has been my privilege to have been teaching for the past fifteen years now and I absolutely love it.
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