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


Salima Jan

Director of Education

Hello!!! My name is Salima Jan and I am the Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center. I very strongly believe that education is a lifelong process and one should never cease to learn because we live in the time where knowledge is abundant and learning is constant. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education and Curriculum Designing from St. Kate’s University. Completing my Masters has only given me more tools and confidence to work and shape these young minds. I bring teaching experience of more than a decade, and continue to cherish every moment of it. Following my passion in the Education industry, my husband Sam & I decided to take the ownership of Sylvan Learning Center in the Birmingham territory (Cities of Hoover & Trussville). Why Sylvan? Sylvan’s personalized approach helps students strengthen the specific area of need and makes them more confident within the subject matter. In leisure time, I like to spend time with my two sweet daughters, listen to music or create craft projects.


Tracy Riggs


Hello!!! My name is Tracy Riggs. I have a Master’s Degree in Special Education and more than 20 years of teaching education. In addition to teaching, I am a photographer. I do all sorts of photography but I love shooting sports events and nature the most. I grew up in this area but lived in Tennessee for about 25 years and just recently moved back. I have worked for Sylvan in Tennessee and at both (Hoover and Trussville) locations here. As for family, I have a 17-year-old daughter who is a Senior this year. So, I am with you if you are concerned about ACT prep and getting ready for college. It’s overwhelming but know that if you just keep at it, you have a great shot at getting where you want to go.


Jennifer Williams


Hello!!! My name is Jennifer Williams. I have been a Special Education teacher for over fifteen years. I have Master’s degrees in both Special Education and School Counseling. I grew up in Pleasant Grove, Alabama and attended the University of South Alabama where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. After I graduated from South Alabama, life took me on a whirlwind tour. I have lived in six different states and Puerto Rico. In 2009, I moved back to Alabama where I have settled in Hoover with my husband, three children, and three rescue dogs. During my spare time, I enjoy exercising, the beach, and spending time with friends and my busy family. This is my first year as a teacher at Sylvan. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the students and seeing the progress they have made.



Hello!!! My name is Nancy Hulsey and I have worked as an instructor at Sylvan for over fifteen years. I have a Master’s in Counseling and Guidance and in Elementary Education. I also hold a certification in Math and Science for grades 1st through 8th. I retired from Hewitt-Trussville High School with 38 years in education. Some of my duties included: serving as an ACT coordinator, organizing and writing a curriculum for our remediation program for English and Math. My favorite quote is “Nothing is impossible, as the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

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