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Meet our Fort Smith Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Courtney Wright, Executive Director

    Courtney Wright

    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Courtney manages day to day business  for Sylvan of Fort Smith and Sylvan of Rogers. A former teacher of grades K-6 , Courtney chose a career in the tutoring business because she felt she could make a difference . Courtney studied at the University of Arkansans in Fayetteville, receiving her Masters in Education. When Courtney isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her two sons, 6 year old Easton and 14 year old Clayton, and her husband, Kevin at the local ball field, school and church activities.
  • Carol Baldridge, Center Director

    Carol Baldridge

    Center Director

    Carol oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Fort Smith. A former teacher in the area, Carol  brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Fort Smith. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12.  When Carol isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with family and friends at her local church and school activities.
  • Joan Davis, Certified Teacher

    Joan Davis

    Certified Teacher

    Joan is a retired teacher of Fort Smith, AR. She has a gift for working with kids. While Joan  has many tutoring talents, She finds the greatest joy in elementary reading and math  tutoring. She studied at U of A, in Fayetteville, AR, graduating with a Masters in Education . When Joan isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, traveling and spending time with her grandkids .
  • Karen Malone, Certified Teacher

    Karen Malone

    Certified Teacher

    Karen is a retired teacher of 39 years in Fort Smith , AR. Karen says she works at Sylvan Learning, first because she enjoys working with children and teenagers. It is exciting to see them learn a new concept or understand a skill and witness the excitement in their faces. The small group allows for closer relationships for personal learning and the transition time bridges a connection between teacher and student. Karen has her BSE in SPED from the University of Central AR. In her spare time, she spends time with her granddaughter, hiking, volunteering at her church, highly involved in children and women's ministries. In her "extra" spare time she loves to read, garden and go to movies.
  • Joyce Cross, Certified Teacher

    Joyce Cross

    Certified Teacher

    Joyce is an elementary teacher in Fort Smith, AR. She has a special heart for working with children. Joyce enjoys learning new things and everyday in the classroom can offer this experience. While Joyce has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at John Brown University, receiving her BSE degree. When Joyce isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her visiting her grandkids in Texas .
  • Nancy Lowrey, Certified Teacher

    Nancy Lowrey

    Certified Teacher

    Nancy is a  math teacher in Fort Smith , AR. While Nancy has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math and ACT Prep  tutoring. She  has her BSE in secondary education Mathematics and Accounting.  When she isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her completing math puzzles, reading a good book, and cheering at school activities, especially cheer-leading events.  .
  • Cheryl Woodring, Certified Teacher

    Cheryl Woodring

    Certified Teacher

    Cheryl is a teacher in Van Buren, AR with a gift for working with students. While Cheryl has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching elementary and middle school students. She studied at the University of Arkansas . When Cheryl isn’t at Sylvan of Fort Smith, you’ll find her traveling, reading and walking .
  • Sharon Day, Certified Teacher

    Sharon Day

    Certified Teacher

    Sharon teaches reading, writing and math in Fort Smith, AR with a gift of working with young readers. She is compassionate and caring. She studied at UAFS and Arkansas Tech. When Sharon isn't at Sylvan she is likely reading, traveling, or assembling puzzles.
  • Allison Daniels, Certified STEM Teacher

    Allison Daniels

    Certified STEM Teacher

    Allison is a teacher in Fort Smith, AR. While she has a variety of tutoring talents, Allison shines when working on STEM projects and challenging math with students. She studied at University of the Ozarks. When Allison isn't at Sylvan she will likely be found in a book or spending time on the farm.
  • Christina Hudson, Certified Teacher

    Christina Hudson

    Certified Teacher

    Christina is a reading and math teacher in Fort Smith, AR with a passion for learning. While she has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in helping students understand their more challenging math concepts. She studied at University of the Ozarks. When not working hard at Sylvan, you'll find Christina working puzzles, playing video games, writing and singing in her spare time.
  • Steven Gabrey, College Professor

    Steven Gabrey

    College Professor

    Steven tutors with us in Fort Smith after moving here from Louisianna. A former college professor, Steven is a teacher for our ACT Prep course, writing, study skills and math. He studied at LSU. When Steven isn't at Sylvan, he can be found bird watching on the hiking trail.
  • Michelle Leach, Certified Teacher

    Michelle Leach

    Certified Teacher

    Michelle is a reading and math teacher with a gift for working with children. While she has many talents, Michelle has a true passion for working with children in special education. She is a student at Southern Nazarene University. When not at Sylvan, Michelle can be found watching her daughter rodeo and play sports. 
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