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



Director of Education


Nina oversees the educational integrity of our programs by training and managing the team of teachers in Walnut Creek.  Having worked for Sylvan as an Administrative Assistant and Program Manager for several Sylvan locations, Nina brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Walnut Creek.  She graduated from California State University Sacramento.  When Nina isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her attending concerts, cooking, or at an A’s game.



Upper Level Math and Science Teacher, SAT Instructor

James is a Math Instructor in Walnut Creek with a gift for working with middle and high school students. He also enjoys teaching SAT Prep, as well as Robotics and Coding. James has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Mathematics and over 12 years of tutoring experience. He’s taught at Sylvan for over 8 years. When James isn’t at Sylvan you’ll find him hiking, camping or folding origami.



Reading and Math Teacher

Janet is an Instructor in Walnut Creek, CA.  She loves teaching  beginning readers and also loves tutoring elementary math.  Janet earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading as well as a Certificate in Kindergarten Education from Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.  When she is not at Sylvan you can find her with her granddaughters and her dog, Max, or pursuing her passions for painting.

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Reading Teacher

Kary is a Reading instructor for the Walnut Creek location. She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher.  Kary’s first full-time job was as a pre-K special education teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District.  She took time out to raise two daughters. Upon her return to teaching, she spent twenty-four years in the Oakley Union School District teaching primary grades. When she’s not at Sylvan you can find Kary reading biographies, going to museums, and enjoying her time as a grandparent.


Reading, Math, and Writing Teacher

Joanne is a reading, math, and writing instructor in Walnut Creek, CA. She has taught K-4th grade students in public and private schools in the Bay Area for many years. She was, also an elementary reading teacher at a local school. Joanne graduated from California State University San Francisco. When she is not at Sylvan, you’ll find her researching/writing historical fiction & biographies, singing, going to the beach, taking nature photos, and traveling.

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