Meet our Asheville Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Heather Washburne, Center Director/Director of Education

    Heather Washburne

    Center Director/Director of Education

    As Center Director, Heather oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors for Sylvan of Asheville.  A former Elementary teacher, Heather chose a career in the tutoring business because she loves to see children succeed. She studied at The University of South Alabama. When Heather isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her taking hikes with her family or eating at one of many fantastic restaurants in Asheville.
  • Tracy Levi, Head Instructor

    Tracy Levi

    Head Instructor

    Tracy Levi has a Bachelors Degree in Zoology and a Masters Degree In Civil Engineering. She has five years of teaching experience as a Sunday School teacher in Asheville and loves the opportunity to apply her education, experience and technical knowledge to teaching at Sylvan. In her spare time, she enjoys the company of her two daughters and outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. She also has a passion for music and plays keyboard in a local band.
  • Kristy Neff, Tutor

    Kristy Neff


    Kristy is a teacher in Hendersonville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Kristy has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring English Language and Literature. She studied at Winthrop University. When Kristy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her exercising, reading and spending time with her husband and her dog.
  • Marie Blankenship, Tutor/Admin Assistant

    Marie Blankenship

    Tutor/Admin Assistant

    Marie has worked as an Early Childhood and Elementary school teacher. Her favorite grade is Kindergarten. While Marie has many talents, she finds the greatest joy in learning new things! She studied at Haywood Community College and Liberty University. When Marie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her working out, studying to complete her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and enjoying time with her husband.
  • John Friday, Tutor

    John Friday


    John is a musician and Sylvan Tutor in Asheville, NC with a gift for working with kids. While John has many talents, he finds the greatest joy in the music industry. He also loves history. He was the Depatment Chair of Social Studies and English Department in Florida where he taught high school. He studied at Mary Washington College in Virginia. When John isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him gardening, writing songs and playing music in local establishments.
  • Max Ringenbach, Tutor

    Max Ringenbach


    Max is our SAT/ACT Prep and Homework Specialist in Asheville, NC with a gift for explaining mathematics to those who find Math challenging. While Max has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in using different techniques to solve problems. He studied at Western Carolina University and is now enrolled in Arizona State University. When Max isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him white water kayaking, hiking, or at the local rock climbing gym.