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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!

  • Samantha Flores, Center Director

    Samantha Flores

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Samantha manages the educational integrity of our programs, leading and training our team of tutors in West Richardson. Samantha chose a career in the tutoring business to make an impact on students' lives and help families navigate their children's academic path. She earned her Bachelor's  in Psychology from the University of North Texas. When Samantha isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her painting, cooking, or running.
  • Kat Clyde, Director of Education

    Kat Clyde

    Director of Education

    As the Director of Education, Kat oversees the delivery of our programs while tracking student progress. Kat is a former middle school math teacher and chose to bring her expertise to Sylvan so she could continue to make an impact on students' lives on a more personal level. She is passionate about education and helping others succeed. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Teaching Certificate from Stephen F. Austin State University. When Kat isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her woodburning, traveling, or spending time outdoors.
  • 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.
  • Aalaa Al-Saad , Teacher

    Aalaa Al-Saad


    Aalaa is a reading and language arts teacher at Sylvan of West Richardson with a passion for helping students succeed. She earned her BA in English Literature at Qatar University and is currently completing her Master's degree in English at the University of Sheffield. She also has experience teaching math and science at the elementary and intermediate levels. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children's eyes light up when they understand new concepts. When not at Sylvan, you'll find Aalaa horseback riding, hiking and drawing horses! 
  • Angela Caffey, Teacher

    Angela Caffey


    Angela is a teacher at Sylvan of West Richardson with a love for teaching chemistry. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Angela holds a degree in Chemistry and is certified in Composite Science 7-12. She also enjoys teaching study skills strategies and financial literacy. Angela became a teacher to make a positive impact on people's lives, and loves to see students grow in their skills. When not at Sylvan, you'll find Angela reading, spending time with family, and watching TV. 
  • Michael Nelson, Teacher

    Michael Nelson


    Michael is a teacher at Sylvan of West Richardson with a gift for teaching math. While Michael has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy sharing knowledge and skills with students in mathematics. He earned his Master's Degree at the University of Texas at Dallas. Outside of Sylvan, Michael enjoys practicing martial arts. 
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