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


Joshua Roisman

Center Director


Joshua Roisman is in charge of the day to day operations of the Learning Center. As a former afterschool program coordinator, Joshua knows first hand the importance of bringing fun into a student’s learning environment. He is passionate about supporting youth and making education personal. He has a Bachelor’s in psychology from UC Davis and also studied at Santa Monica College. On weekends, find him playing a game of pickup basketball or grilling outdoors with friends.


Amber Castillo

Director of Education

Amber Castillo oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors. Amber is a California-credentialed Multiple Subjects teacher who taught grades 1-5 for eleven years. An Air Force veteran, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s in Human Relations and from Boston University with a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and minors in International Relations and Mathematics. When Amber isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her with her family appreciating the arts and outdoors.


Julie Baldwin


Julie is a tutor with the gift of working with students of all ages and has done so for over 25 years. Julie is a trained literacy expert with the Lawndale Elementary School District. While she has many talents, Julie finds her greatest joy in teaching Literacy and Phonics skills. Julie currently studies at El Camino College as a life-long learner.


Thajilah Olaiya


Thajilah is a Tutor who loves working with kids. She holds a strong passion for knowledge and education which she expresses in the way she works with youth. Thajilah has studied and taught all around the world. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate for History at the University of Glasgow. Thajilah enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.


Elizabeth Tew


Elizabeth is Tutor at Sylvan with an extensive background working with kids. Elizabeth has taught formerly in a classroom for many years, she holds a teaching credential in Special Education. She is a proud parent of 3 university students and understands firsthand the importance of education. When she isn’t at Sylvan, She loves enjoying music and spending time with her family.


Daysi Garcia


Daysi is a Clinical Research Assistant completing her degree in Molecular Biology at Cal State University with a gift for working with kids. While Daysi has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in science and math tutoring. When Daysi isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her with her friends and family and making contributions to the future of science and medicine.


John Farley


John is a teacher in El Segundo and Hermosa Beach, CA. He has a knack for helping students make connections between their learning and their everyday lives. He is especially fond of reading and literacy education. John has an extensive tutoring and teaching background, and is also currently a fourth-grade classroom teacher. When not teaching at Sylvan, John enjoys playing music and singing, as well as walking and traveling.


Angelica Tipon


Angelica is a tutor in El Segundo and Hermosa Beach with a passion for working with kids. She studied at Loyola Marymount University to obtain her Masters of Arts in special education, and then continued her studies at the University of California, Los Angeles to secure her Education Specialist credentials. She has an abundance of experience teaching and aiding in schools including La Ballona Elementary School, Richmond Street School, and Towers Elementary. Outside of Sylvan, Angelica enjoys adventuring and traveling!


Elizabeth Ruiz


Elizabeth is registered behavioral technician (RBT) for the Wiseburn School District who recently completed her masters program in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with her degree in Education Sciences. She has special expertise in math and reading and likes to make learning a fun experience. When Elizabeth isn’t at Sylvan you’ll find her reading a good book or with her family eating delicious foods.

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