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

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Erin McClinch

Executive Director


Erin received her PhD in Engineering Education after completing a B.S and M.S in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.  She served for 18 years in the USAF, retiring as an Intelligence Officer, and spent more than a decade teaching at the High School and University level.  She loves teaching math, English, and test preparation at all levels.  Erin has been a private tutor and Educational Consultant for the last five years, and can’t wait to see what Sylvan can do for your son or daughter!


Vernon Fentress


Vernon has over ten years of experience with Sylvan and specializes in math, including higher level mathematics and SAT/ACT Math Prep. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and helps his wife run a local health spa in his spare time.


Kay Van Hoven


Kay has over 12 years experience as a Sylvan certified teacher. She teaches Beginning Reading, Reading, Writing, Math, SAT/ACT English and Study Skills. Kay has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. She taught K-3 gifted and talented students and provided teacher professional development for 16 years in Pontiac, MI. Kay loves to travel, read and sing in the McLean Chorale.

Ellen Ward




Chandra Ranada


Chandra has a Master of Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute and a PhD from Cornell University in Economics. He also has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University to teach Secondary level mathematics. He has been teaching mathematics in high schools and Universities, including Sylvan, since 2002. Prior to that he worked for the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Linda Winer



Elham Schandler

Administrative Assistant


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