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

Katie Wichman

Center Director

Katie graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts, then earned her Master’s in teaching from Seattle University the following year and a Master’s in education two years later. Katie has been a teacher in both the private and public sectors and, most recently, a business owner for her own college consulting company, where she worked with families and students to guide them through the often-challenging road of the college application process. Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Katie enjoys skiing, hiking, and boating with her family in her spare time.

Jonali Borgohain


Jonali earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Education from Cotton College and Dibrugarh University in India, and her Master’s degree in English from Dibrugarh University. She is also certified in Advanced Writing and Essay Writing from the University of CA, Irvine. Jonali has a passion for teaching. Her goal is to ignite a love for learning in students by creating engaging and enjoyable educational experiences. Working with students brings her joy, and witnessing the “I can do it!” moment is the most rewarding aspect of her career. She joined Sylvan of Kirkland as a Reading and Writing tutor. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, singing, spending time with her family, and practicing Indian classical dance.


Roman Lloyd-Muller


Roman graduated from Western Washington University with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. Shortly after graduation, he went back to earn his teaching degree. Roman joined the Kirkland team as a Reading tutor. In his free time, he can be found watching movies, playing with his dog, and doing outdoor activities.

Olivia Paul


Olivia moved to the Seattle area in 2022. She graduated from the University of Calcutta, India, with both a Bachelors degree and a Master’s degree in Economics, with specialization in Statistics and Econometrics. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Business Analytics. Olivia’s mother and grandmother were elementary school teachers, and she developed an early interest in teaching. While in college, she tutored high school and college students. She volunteered at several NGOs, mentoring and teaching underprivileged children. Oliva loves learning and teaching new concepts,  imparting knowledge to work towards a better society, and helping students become more confident. She joined Sylvan of Kirkland as a Reading and Math tutor. In her leisure time, Olivia enjoys swimming, traveling, reading, cooking, hiking, and playing with her little one.


Bhavana Shah


Bhavana was born and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She earned her Masters in Microbiology from University of Mumbai, and is working towards her masters in Elementary Education. Bhavana has been tutoring all of her college life, and loves to see students flourish with increased self-confidence and self-esteem as she helps them figure out how to read and do math, particularly neurodivergent students. She joined Sylvan of Kirkland as a Reading and Writing tutor. In her free time, Bhavana enjoys reading, painting watercolors, and spending time with her family.

Melanie Smith


Melanie was born and raised in New York City, and lived in Colorado for 10 years before moving to the Seattle area in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from City College of New York, and her Master’s degree in Writing from New York University. Melanie began teaching as a substitute paraeducator when her children started school. She joined Sylvan of Kirkland as a Reading tutor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, exploring beaches, drawing, coloring, building with Lego, and going on family road trips.

Mew Uppajunto

Mew Uppajunto


Mew lived in Thailand for her entire life before moving to the Puget Sound area in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. Mew got into teaching while working as a student tutor at Bellevue College, and has loved it ever since. Helping students with math is her passion, and there’s nothing quite like the moment when a student grasps a concept and can solve a problem independently. Mew’s teaching philosophy revolves around guiding students to understand the principles of a subject and empowering them to apply that knowledge confidently. She joined the Kirkland team as a Math tutor, and when not at Sylvan can be found working as a transportation engineer.

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