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

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Julie Hoyes

Executive Director

Julie is the Executive Director of the Sylvan Learning Centers in Garner, Knightdale, Raleigh, and Wake Forest, NC. A graduate of Appalachian State University and former Wake County Public School System teacher and student, Julie joined the Sylvan team in 2003. She brings a wealth of knowledge, passion for education, and excitement to each Sylvan center. In 2013, Julie was awarded The Sylvan Way award for providing exceptional service to families, creating a positive culture in her team, and being a true example of operational excellence. Julie believes in life-long learning, enjoys having fun with her friends & family (especially her 2 daughters), and loves hearing Sylvan success stories! 

Marissa Santiago

Center Director

Ms. Marissa has been a valuable member of our Sylvan team since 2017. After attending UNC-G, she began as a tutor with Sylvan, moved to Assistant Director in Raleigh and is currently Regional Director in Wake Forest. She loves to be a part of helping our families in their educational journey and ensuring goals become a reality. “So many kids end up seeing change in unexpected ways that go beyond their grade on a report card, such as communicating their thoughts more articulately or reading the menu at a restaurant more confidently.” Ms. Marissa is married with a young daughter. She loves cooking, dancing and being outside.

Brett Youmans

Director of Education

Mr. Brett joined Sylvan in September 2021. As Director of Education, Mr. Brett oversees our students’ programs and consistently conferences with our families to ensure our students are receiving the best academic support to meet their specific needs. His favorite part of Sylvan is watching our students gain confidence in their education and life skills. In his free time he enjoys disc golf and spending time with his wife and 2 young kids.

Kristen Picariello

Operations Manager

Mrs. Kristen joined the Sylvan team in October of 2010. As Operations Manager, she ensures that our centers function as smoothly and effectively as possible. Her favorite aspect of Sylvan is supporting students with a learning style tailored to their specific needs. In her free time, Kristen enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

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