Meet our Columbia Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Sandy Lawyer, Center Director

    Sandy Lawyer

    Center Director

    Sandy lives in Columbia, South Carolina. She has 2 college-age children whom she loves endlessly. She has a passion for education and loves watching children succeed. She attained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from The University of South Carolina. Sandy joined the Sylvan of NE Columbia team in April 2010. She has 28 years of experience in business management and sales experience. Sandy offers excellent customer service and holds her staff as well as herself to high standards of achievement. She loves spending time on the water with her family in the summer and traveling.
  • Jessica Mulkins, Director of Education

    Jessica Mulkins

    Director of Education

    Jessica joined Sylvan of NE Columbia, in July 2018. She is our Director of Education and oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in NE Columbia. A former Special Needs Teacher in Columbia, Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of NE Columbia. She graduated from Columbia College. When Jessica isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.
  • Keiondria Grant, Center Coordinator, Instructor, and Proctor

    Keiondria Grant

    Center Coordinator, Instructor, and Proctor

    Keiondria is a teacher at Sylvan in NE Columbia, SC with a gift for working with kids. While Keiondria has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English/ Reading tutoring and joined NE Columbia in December 2019. She studied at University of South Carolina, receiving a BA in English Language Arts and Literature. When Keiondria isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her enjoying coffee at a local cafe, rollerskating as exercise, or reading a good book.
  • Rebekah Woodford, Center Coordinator, Tutor, and Proctor

    Rebekah Woodford

    Center Coordinator, Tutor, and Proctor

    Rebekah is a tutor and admin in NE Columbia, SC with a gift for simplifying complex and hard to understand subjects like Biology and Chemistry. She also has a passion to inspire students to become lifelong learners. While Rebekah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy when students have those "aha" moments and truly understand the material. Rebekah joined the NE Columbia Sylvan Team in February 2021. She studied at University of South Carolina and received a triple Bachelor of Science in Biological, Chemical and Marine Sciences. When Rebekah isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her on a nature hike or traveling with her service dogs, Piper and Zima.
  • Debbie Mullen, Tutor

    Debbie Mullen

    Tutor

    Debbie is an instructor in Columbia, SC with a gift for working with kids.  While Debbie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring and joined Sylvan Learning in NE Columbia in June 2015.  She studied at Clemson University receiving her Masters degree in Elementary Education.  When Debbie isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her with her friends shopping, watching movies or a musical performance.  She is an avid reader!
  • Creiana Bailey, Instructor

    Creiana Bailey

    Instructor

    Creiana is a first-grade teacher at Lake Carolina Elementary School, in NE Columbia, SC. Creina has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring and joined Sylvan of NE Columbia in June 2019. She studied at Winthrop University and received a degree in Early Childhood Education. When Creiana isn't at Sylvan, you'll find Creiana shopping, reading, or spending time with her family!
  • Martha Boseski, English, Spanish, French, Writing & SAT/ACT Prep Tutor

    Martha Boseski

    English, Spanish, French, Writing & SAT/ACT Prep Tutor

    Martha is a retired Foreign Language Teacher in Columbia, SC. She finds the greatest joy in English, Writing, and Vocabulary tutoring. Martha joined Sylvan Learning of NE Columbia in July 2015. She studied French at the University of South Carolina, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching. When Martha isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her traveling the globe, spending time with her pets and family, listening to music, and checking out recent foreign films. 
  • Elvis Budelkhandi , Upper Level Math, SAT/ACT and Homework Support Tutor

    Elvis Budelkhandi

    Upper Level Math, SAT/ACT and Homework Support Tutor

    Elvis is a tutor in NE Columbia, SC with a gift for working with kids. While Elvis has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math tutoring and joined NE Columbia in December 2019. He studied at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and has a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. When Elvis isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him training in martial arts or doing other sports such as tennis. 
  • Gordon Williams, Upper Level Math, SAT/ACT Prep & Study Skills Tutor

    Gordon Williams

    Upper Level Math, SAT/ACT Prep & Study Skills Tutor

    Gordon has worked at Sylvan of NE Columbia since 2010. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he obtained a degree in Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. In addition to tutoring at the Sylvan at Sandhills, Mr. Williams is a highly qualified mathematics teacher with over 22 years’ experience in local school districts and is AP Statistics certified. He enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas including Mathematics, Homework Support, and SAT Test Prep. In his free time, Mr. Williams enjoys reading, especially mysteries.