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Meet our Richardson Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Kristen Burtis, Center Director

    Kristen Burtis

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Kristen leads the Sylvan Learning Center of West Richardson. A former teacher, Kristen chose a career in the tutoring business because she strives to see students reach their individual potential. She studied at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. When Kristen isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her gardening, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
  • Samantha Flores, Director Of Education

    Samantha Flores

    Director Of Education

    Samantha oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in West Richardson. She graduated from the University of North Texas. When Samantha isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her painting, cooking, or running.
  • Cheryl Shepperd, Teacher

    Cheryl Shepperd


    Cheryl Shepperd is a Reading, Writing, and Upper Level Math Tutor at the West Richardson location. She currently works at Serenity High school teaching all subjects of mathematics. While Cheryl has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy fostering a love and appreciation for math with her students. She studied at Texas State University at San Marcos and has her certification in secondary math for grades 6-12. When Cheryl isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her participating in church activities, reading, and baking.
  • Christi Gentry, Teacher

    Christi Gentry


    Christi is an Inclusion Specialist in the Dallas school district. She graduated from Central State University with her K-12 special education certification. Christi loves every aspect of teaching and was raised in a family in which many members are teachers! In her spare time, Christi is a very active and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., which focuses on volunteerism and provides academic scholarships for women to further their education. 
  • Aungenae Davenport, Teacher

    Aungenae Davenport


    Aungenae is a 6th grade English Teacher at Hudson Middle School. She graduated from Lamar University with a Master’s Degree in Education and a certification to teach ELAR 4-8 grade. Aungenae enjoys being able to differentiate her instruction to match all learning needs and show kids that there are many ways to master reading. When not at Sylvan, Aungenae spends her time singing karaoke, cooking, and traveling. 
  • Emily Wright, Teacher

    Emily Wright


    Emily is a teacher at Sylvan of West Richarsdon with a passion for working with kids. While Emily has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English tutoring. She studied at Howard Payne University and holds teaching certifications in English Language Arts & ESL Grades 7-12. Emily loves helping others, and believes education is a tool which empowers us, and changes the world.  When Emily isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, spending time outdoors, fishing, or practicing ballet.
  • Kati Farabaugh, Teacher

    Kati Farabaugh


    Kati is a teacher at Sylvan of West Richardson with a passion for reading and writing education. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Kati holds teaching certifications for Early Childhood-6th grade, ESL and Special Education. She currently teaches at McSpedden Elementary. Kati became a teacher to help students grow, and loves building relationships with the kids. When not at Sylvan, you’ll find Kati running, reading, doing pilates, and spending time with her husband and dogs. 
  • Laura Ramsey, Teacher

    Laura Ramsey


    Laura is one of the awesome teachers at Sylvan of West Richardson with a gift for working with children. She is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Education. Laura has many tutoring talents, but she finds the greatest joy in teaching reading and math. In her free time, Laura enjoys volunteering at her church and spending time with friends and family.
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