Meet our Westlake Village Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Joy Cookson, Center Director

    Joy Cookson

    Center Director

    Joy is the Center Director at Sylvan of Westlake Village. She was born and raised in Southern California and graduated with a BA in Psychology from UCLA. She has worked in education for 20+ years. She is currently heading into her 7th year as a Director with Sylvan. She is motivated by her passion to connect with families and support them by providing their children with the tools to succeed. She feels strongly that every student should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. When not at Sylvan, Joy enjoys spending time with her family, reading books her sister recommends, bonding with her two chihuahuas, and going to the beach to recharge. 
  • Fabio Marquez, Regional Director

    Fabio Marquez

    Regional Director

    Fabio Marquez is the Regional Director for Sylvan and has been with the company for 7 years. In the Regional Director role, he oversees seven centers and is responsible for operations, sales, and ongoing training. Fabio attended UC Irvine where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics along with a Minor in Latin American Studies. He comes to Sylvan with over a decade of tutoring and directing experience. In 2018, he was nominated for the Center Director of the Year Award. This award spans all centers in North America. Fabio enjoys working with families in order to make an ongoing plan for success.
  • Clarissa Barr, Lead Teacher

    Clarissa Barr

    Lead Teacher

    Clarissa oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing each student's individualized learning plans and ensuring that every Sylvan student is on a path to success. In 2017, Clarissa graduated from Rollins College with a BA in Biology, and she has been tutoring professionally ever since. While she is a skilled teacher with all age groups, Clarissa’s strengths are high school math and science, and ACT and SAT prep. When Clarissa isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her binge-reading young adult fiction or playing with her Chihuahua puppy, Sam. 
  • Sara Hall, Director of Marketing

    Sara Hall

    Director of Marketing

    Sara is the Director of Marketing for 8 Sylvan Learning centers in Southern California. In addition to overseeing all local digital marketing campaigns across her centers, Sara conducts and manages partnerships with school districts across Los Angeles. Sara’s passion for education began during her time at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. During her time in college, she studied abroad in Oxford England and taught English in South Korea. When she is not at Sylvan, she’s hiking and exploring the local mountains, hitting the beach, or scuba diving the Channel Islands.
  • Todd Crabtree, Executive Director

    Todd Crabtree

    Executive Director

    Todd is our Executive Director and has a life-long passion for helping kids achieve academic success. He is passionate about college preparation. If you have a question about SAT/ACT, ask Todd. He has been running learning centers since 1998, and he understands the advantage tutored kids have over those that do not get the extra support. Todd graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal. State University, Fullerton, and he is a 12-year Marine Corps veteran. He is also a full-time soccer dad. When you see him in the center, please say, “Hi!” He would love to hear about how you learned about Sylvan.