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




Mubarak Ali Thiwan an engineer by profession, whose educational journey had instilled in him a need of providing accessible and productive learning environment for all students. He has extensive business management and leadership expertise in previous ventures from around the world that allows him to manage/lead this center in a well-organized manner. Mubarak is also responsible for ensuring Sylvan high operating standards are met and that parents and students enjoy the maximum benefits from their Sylvan experience.


Claudia Yong


Claudia is an Elementary English and Highschool Science tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center of Hamilton. Her passion for working with kids stemmed from her experience teaching ballet to kids aged 9 and above. Guiding kids through challenges, and watching them come out the other end with confidence is what drives her. Claudia completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University and is pursuing a research master’s. She loves cooking/baking, choreographing dances, and volunteering within the Hamilton community.

Vanessa Derogene

French / English Tutor

Vanessa is a tutor of English and French at Sylvan Learning of Hamilton. She wears many hats mainly with a gift for working with kids. She is quite patient, and polite and has experience working with children with special needs. While Vanessa has many tutoring talents, She finds the greatest joy in French tutoring. She studied Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and French Studies at York University and is also a Chartered Insurance Professional. When Vanessa isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her volunteering as a Nurse and Administrative Assistant in a hospital.


Geetha Selvaraj

Center Director


As the Centre Director at Sylvan Learning of Hamilton, Geetha plays a pivotal role in managing and overseeing daily operations to guarantee a positive and effective learning environment for students. With a background as a school coordinator, Geetha’s journey in the tutoring business stems from her deep passion for teaching and fostering educational growth. Geetha brings a wealth of experience and dedication to Sylvan Learning, ensuring that each student receives personalized attention and support. Beyond work, she enjoys cooking and cherishes quality time with family, embodying a balanced lifestyle.


Linda Phan


Linda is a passionate Math and English tutor at Sylvan Learning Center of Hamilton. She is a fourth-year Honours Life Science student at McMaster University. She has many volunteering experiences working with children and teens, specifically those with disabilities. Through valuable experience, she has gained a deeper understanding of how to tailor her tutoring approach to meet the unique needs of each student. She is driven by a desire to provide a space where students not only acquire knowledge but also find excitement in the learning process. In her free time, she likes to learn different recipes, explore nature, and spend quality time with family and friends.


Andrew Youngson


Andrew is an enthusiastic tutor at Sylvan Learning Hamilton. Currently completing an MSc at McMaster, he previously earned a BSc in Medical Science and Disability Studies from Western. With an extensive background in tutoring as both a peer and private tutor, Andrew has experience in day camp settings and rehabilitation hospitals. He chose Sylvan because of the organization’s commitment to low tutor-student ratios and individualized programs. Andrew models a love of learning by channeling charisma into diverse subject matter, a quality afforded by his eclectic university education. In his free time, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, learning guitar, reading, wrestling, running, and participating in his church community.

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