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


Alex Bennett

Center Director

As Center Director, Alex manages core operations for Sylvan of South Austin with an emphasis on building academic confidence in students. As a former tutor for the center, Alex has a deep understanding of Sylvan’s learning programs. He studied a wide variety of subjects at the University of Pittsburgh and has over 6 years of experience guiding students to academic success. When Alex isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him curled up with a favorite book or exploring the many trails of the Greenbelt.


Allison Herring

Director Of Education

As the  Director of Education, Allison has 12 years of prior teaching experience within the Texas school system. While Allison has many teaching and tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring English Language Arts. She studied at Texas State University. When Allison isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family, writing poetry, gardening, and hiking in Texas parks. She loves to travel and can speak Spanish after living in Costa Rica for a year. She has taught English as a Second Language for the past seven years and preschool for five years before that. Allison’s Content Areas Include: Math K-8 Reading K-8 Writing K-8


Karan Jhanwer

Advanced Math Tutor

Karan Jhanwer is an advanced math and sciences tutor in South Austin with a gift for working with kids. While Karan has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in teaching math at the high school level. Karan has an Masters of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management and over 5 years of experience in education and test preparation. When Karan isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading a book (most recently Atomic Habits), watching a game of cricket or enjoying a plate of delicious Thai food. 


Slava Barylskiy


Slava Barylskiy is a Math and English tutor in Austin, Texas. He studied Public Health at the University of Washington before going on to study Occupational Therapy at the doctoral level at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Slava enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, and board games in his free time. He is bilingual, with native fluency in Russian.
Slava’s Content Areas Includes:Math K-9 Reading K-9 Early High School Math


Shakelya Simon


Shakelya Simon is a Math teacher in Austin, Texas, with a gift of closing educational gaps and advancing scholars towards their academic goals. While Shakelya has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy helping students with math. She studied at Sam Houston University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Legal studies, and Lamar University receiving an M. Ed in Education Administration. When Shakelya isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending quality time with her friends and family, watching movies, trying out new restaurants, and playing board games. 

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