Meet our Waco Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • 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.
  • MELISSA JACOBS, Center Director

    MELISSA JACOBS

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Melissa leads the Sylvan of Waco and Woodway. Melissa has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University and is a graduate of Midway High School. In her spare time, Melissa loves car racing, fishing, hunting, baking and cooking. She also used to be a professional skater. At Sylvan, she loves helping children succeed and the highlight of her day is seeing the students arrive for class.
  • ASHLEY HUNTER, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    ASHLEY HUNTER

    CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Ashley is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway. She specializes in English and Elementary Math. She is certified in EC-12 Special Education and has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Jackson State University. At Sylvan, she teaches reading, writing & math. In her free time she enjoys taking road trips, reading, foreign films & Sudoku.
  • Eamon Lauster, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Eamon Lauster

    CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Eamon is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway. He has a way of earning the trust of students and he values being able to teach kids. Eamon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Arkansas. At Sylvan he teaches math, writing and SAT/ACT prep. In his spare time he enjoys taking road trips, hiking and reading.
  • JENNIFER CHAUDOIN, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    JENNIFER CHAUDOIN

    CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Jennifer is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway. Jennifer holds a Bachelors in Elementary PK-4 and a Masters in English. She also holds certification in PK-4, Reading 4-8, ESL, Special Education, GT and Legacy Master Reading. She loves reading, running and watching sports in her free time.
  • Kathleen Hamilton, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Kathleen Hamilton

    CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Kathleen is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway. Kathleen has a passion for helping children enjoy learning. She does very well at making learning fun for students. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics from the University of North Texas and is also certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. At Sylvan she teaches reading, writing and math. In her free time she enjoys painting, making jewelry and learning other languages.
  • MARY ALICE LYMAN, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    MARY ALICE LYMAN

    CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Mary Alice is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway. She taught for many years and retired from teaching before joining our team. She loves teaching young students and she specializes in reading, writing & history. She got her Bachelor of Education degree from Baylor University. She enjoys reading, sewing, cooking & traveling.
  • JANA ZIEGLER, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    JANA ZIEGLER

    CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Jana is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway. She studied at Baylor University and then at Grand Canyon University. She is also a Master Reading Teacher and ESL Certified. She teaches Reading and Writing at Sylvan. During her free time, Jana likes to read, travel, and shop.
  • SARAH PERCY, Tutor

    SARAH PERCY

    Tutor

    Sarah is a tutoring at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway with a gift for working with kids. While Sarah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading & Writing tutoring. She studied at Baylor University. When Sarah isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her doing graphic designing, playing fantasy e-sports and working on post-modern literature.
  • SARAH SIDES, CERTIFIED TUTOR

    SARAH SIDES

    CERTIFIED TUTOR

    Sarah is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Waco & Woodway. Sarah holds a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies and a Master of Science in Elementary Education. She teaches ELAR and Math at Sylvan. Sarah is certified in EC-4, SPED Supplemental and ESL Supplemental Educational Diagnostician EC-12. In her free time, she likes reading, crafting and watching TV.