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.
  • 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.
  • 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.