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


Eleanor Regan

Center Director

As Center Director, Eleanor leads our team at Sylvan Learning of Bedford. Eleanor earned her Bachelor of Arts at Thomas Aquinas College, and has since worked in the classroom, training other educators and developing curriculum. Eleanor chose a career with Sylvan to provide students and families the guidance and support to achieve their academic goals. When Eleanor isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, enjoying the outdoors, or spending time with her husband and two adorable puppies.


Rebecca Ackmann

Regional Director

As part of our Regional Director team, Rebecca supports our center teams and works with families to achieve their academic goals with Sylvan. A former teacher, Rebecca chose a career in the tutoring business because she strives to see students reach their individual potential. She studied at Northern Illinois University. When Rebecca isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her watching movies and spending time with her family.


Rachel Franklin

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Rachel oversees operations at our Bedford, West Richardson, Rockwall-Heath and Aledo-Weatherford locations. She works closely with center directors and directors of education in their ongoing training and development, focusing on center growth, academic success and customer service. A graduate of Rice University, Rachel has worked with Sylvan Learning for over twelve years. She loves seeing students grow to achieve their highest potential. When not at Sylvan, Rachel enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with family.


Susan Lavender


Susan is a teacher at the Sylvan Learning Center of Bedford. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a Minor in English. She teaches HS Math, Algebra, Geometry, SAT and ACT. Susan has a wide variety of interests including reading, volleyball, and hot air ballooning. At Sylvan of Bedford, Susan enjoys helping her students meet their educational goals and goes beyond to make sure they leave with more confidence and knowledge.


Chris Braun


Chris is a tutor at Sylvan Learning of Bedford with a love for helping students. While Chris has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and writing tutoring. She studied at the University of Hartford and previously worked with the Rise Program at Grapevine High School. When Chris isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, walking or crafting.


Ginger Curbello


Ginger is a valued member of our teaching team at Sylvan Learning of Bedford. Ginger has taught for 28 years, and loves seeing students accomplish their goals. Ginger earned her Bachelors in Education from North Texas University, and her Masters in Education Counseling from Texas Christian University. When Ginger isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her making soaps, bath bombs and other crafts, or tending to her peonies and roses.


Kathy Self


Kathy is a teacher at Sylvan of Bedford who loves helping students and seeing them learn. A graduate of Pt. Loma Nazarene University, Kathy holds a teaching certification for grades K-8 and has experience working as an interventionist for reading and math in addition to her time with us here at Sylvan. In her free time, Kathy enjoys hiking, sewing, reading, and gardening.


Debbie Bullard


Debbie is a teacher at Sylvan Learning of Bedford with a passion for building connections with students and to be a part of shaping children’s minds and skills. While Debbie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching history, life sciences and study skills. She earned her Bachelors of Science from West Texas State University.  When Debbie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing golf and pickleball, or fishing.


Huy Ho


Huy is an upper level math and science tutor at Sylvan of Bedford. Huy has many tutoring talents, but finds the greatest joy in physics and math tutoring. He earned his BS in Physics and Math from University of California Berkeley, his Master of Science in Physics at San Francisco State University, and is currently working on his PhD at the University of Texas at Arlington. When Huy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading and watching movies.


Crystal Ward


Crystal is an amazing teacher at Sylvan Learning of Bedford! She has special expertise in English Language Arts and Reading tutoring. She studied at Texas Women’s University, and holds teaching certifications in ELAR, ESL and GT 4th-12th grade . Crystal’s favorite thing about working with students is building relationships with them, and helping each student to achieve their own version of success. When Crystal isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, gardening, hiking, or spending time with family.

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