Meet our Waco Tutoring Staff


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


    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.
  • BRANDON ROBERTS, Executive Director


    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Brandon works closely with directors to ensure students get the best education possible. Brandon started working at Sylvan while attending University and decided to turn his passion for educational leadership into a career. Brandon has been a part of Sylvan since 2009. When he isn’t at Sylvan you will find him spending time with family and friends.
  • MELISSA JACOBS, Center Director


    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.



    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.
  • Roger Hoelscher, Certified Tutor

    Roger Hoelscher

    Certified Tutor

    Roger is a tutor at Sylvan of Waco and Woodway. He holds a Bachelor's of Science from UMHB and is certified in Mathematics 6-12. Roger teaches Math at Sylvan. When not at Sylvan, Roger enjoys sports, walking, and jogging.
  • Justin O’Neal, Tutor

    Justin O’Neal


    Justin is a tutor at Sylvan of Waco & Woodway. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Texas A&M, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, and currently pursuing AAS Cyber Security from TSTC. At Sylvan, Justin enjoys teaching Math and Reading. When not at Sylvan, he enjoys running, weight training, reading, studying foreign languages, and cyber security organizations.
  • Carol McLaren, Tutor

    Carol McLaren


    Carol is a tutor at Sylvan of Waco & Woodway. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts from Baylor. At Sylvan, Carol enjoys teaching English, remedial math, history, and Spanish. When not at Sylvan, she enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and needlework.
  • Madison Klement, Tutor

    Madison Klement


    Madison is a tutor at Sylvan of Waco & Woodway. She is currently pursuing her degree in EC-6 teaching. At Sylvan, Madison enjoys teaching K-12 Reading and K-6 Math. When not at Sylvan, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, writing, and shopping.