Meet our Tyler Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Carol Pope, Franchisee Owner

    Carol Pope

    Franchisee Owner

    As Franchisee owner, Carol leads the business, marketing, & school partnerships for Sylvan of Longview & Tyler. A former high school counselor, Carol chose a career in the tutoring business because she has a desire to work with families & students in a more intimate setting to help students gain confidence, overcome their struggles, and excel academically. She studied at Baylor University & received her BA in Education. She continued her education at Amberton University & received a Masters in School Counseling & a Masters in Professional Counseling. When Carol isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her 3 children & family, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling with friends. .
  • Crystal Whatley, Director of Education

    Crystal Whatley

    Director of Education

    Crystal oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Tyler, TX . A former ESL and Science teacher, with a passion for tutoring math, Crystal brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Tyler. She graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) with a specialization in Math and Science. When Crystal isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her crafting, league bowling, and going to the movies with her family.
  • LaKeitha Goss, Office Manager

    LaKeitha Goss

    Office Manager

    Lakeitha is the Center Administrator in Tyler, TX. She works hard to ensure that customers are well taken care of and happy with their experience. She is a long term and loyal employee, and has been with the company for thirteen years. When Lakeitha isn’t at Sylvan she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
  • Yolanda Taylor-Wade, Tutor

    Yolanda Taylor-Wade

    Tutor

    Yolanda comes to Sylvan with 22 years of experience in public school education. Her experience includes English/ESL teacher/department chair, campus leadership team, & academic coordinator of an after school program. Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at Tyler. She has 105 hours of STEM training & is a designated Science Teacher mentor through Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science & Mathematics Teaching. Yolanda enjoys spending time with her family and providing students the best learning experience.
    *ACT/SAT Prep; STAAR/EOC PREP; Grades 3-12 English; Grades 3-8 Math
  • Beckie Haskell, Tutor

    Beckie Haskell

    Tutor

    Beckie is a 1st grade teacher in Tyler, TX with a gift for working with kids. While Beckie has many tutoring talents, she finds her greatest joy in tutoring math and reading. She studied at the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. When Beckie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading and spending quality time with her family.
  • Cynthia Carter, Math & College Prep Tutor

    Cynthia Carter

    Math & College Prep Tutor

    Cynthia has worked at Sylvan of Tyler since 2008 as a tutor in mathematics. She is a retired certified teacher for the state of Texas with 36 years of teaching experience in high school math and science. Cynthia holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Tyler. She loves to teach, it's one of her favorite things. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for her family and friends, including her 6 grandchildren. 
  • LaToya Wofford, Tutor

    LaToya Wofford

    Tutor

    LaToya is a 2nd Grade Teacher  in Tyler, TX with a gift for working with kids. While LaToya has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and math tutoring. She studied at UT Tyler receiving a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education andStephen F. Austin with Bachelors in Child Development. When LaToya isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her shopping, traveling and spend time with her family and friends.
  • Nicole Beresik, Tutor

    Nicole Beresik

    Tutor

    Nicole is a 1st grade teacher in Tyler, TX. She most frequently tutors elementary students in reading and math, and loves experiencing students overcoming their academic challenges. She studied at Texas A&M University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently in the process of earning a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Tyler. When Nicole isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing softball, teaching, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends!
  • Daniel Gutierrez, Tutor

    Daniel Gutierrez

    Tutor

    Daniel is a 7th Grade ELAR teacher in Tyler, TX with a gift for working with kids. While Daniel has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in reading, writing,  and college prep tutoring. He studied at Tyler Junior College receiving an Associates in Literature and UT of Tyler with BA in English. WhenDaniel isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him doing anything competitive from Monopoly to soccer, cooking and traveling. Daniel's educational philosophy is simple: build a relationship to create a continuous learner. 
  • Jasmine Jones, Tutor

    Jasmine Jones

    Tutor

    Jasmine Jones is a  4th & 5th Grade Reading and Math Teacher in Tyler, TX, and this is her third year teaching. She most frequently tutors math, reading, and writing for elementary and middle school students. She is currently working on becoming a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary & Special Education and a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, both from Baylor University. When Jasmine isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing her cello, spending time with family, reading & trying new recipes.