Meet our Fort Smith Tutoring Staff

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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, 2 year old Easton and 10 year old Clayton, and her husband, Kevin at the local ball field, school and church activities.
  • Carol Baldridge, Director of Education

    Carol Baldridge

    Director of Education

    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, Lead Teacher

    Joan Davis

    Lead 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 .
  • Genny Yoes, Certified Teacher

    Genny Yoes

    Certified Teacher

    Genny is a certified teacher in Fort Smith,  AR  As a staff memeber of Sylvan Lerning, she has a gift for working with kids. While Genny has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching Social Studies and Language Arts. She studied at St. Marys of Notre Dame and University of AR, receiving a BA in education and Juris Doctorate. Genny has many personal traits; she loves to read, cook swim, travel and spend time with her grandkids, Brayden and Jack. Family is very important to her.  . When Genny isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing tennis, visiting her local library and spending quality time with her family.
  • Zephne Sarah Ferreira, Certified Teacher / Advanced Reading Studies

    Zephne Sarah Ferreira

    Certified Teacher / Advanced Reading Studies

    Zephne tutors reading, math, writing and study skills at Sylvan Fort Smith. Zephne has many qualifications, but what makes her unique is her enthusiastic, fun-loving, positive empathetic qualities. She enjoys a good challenge and is professional in her actions. Her loyal, honest and sympathetic being gives her special gifts for working with our students. Zephne has studied at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, receiving her Bachelor of Arts, Masters in Higher Education. When Zephne isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her enjoying dance, nature, cooking, reading, studying and researching foreign languages and cultures worldwide, as well as traveling.
  • Rebecca Stark, Certified Teacher

    Rebecca Stark

    Certified Teacher

      Becky is a  certified retired teacher. in Fort Smith , AR  with a gift for  working with children. Becky has a quiet personality, but she also has lots of patience working with children. While Becky has many tutoring talents, she  finds the greatest joy in teaching beginning reading. She studied at University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond OK, where she received her degree BS in Elementary Education. When Becky isn't at Sylvan, you’ll find her taking care of her 9 month old grandson. In March of 2015, her favorite thing to do will be spending time with her grandson and a new grandchild!
  • Karen Malone, Retired Certified Teacher

    Karen Malone

    Retired 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, Tutor

    Cheryl Woodring

    Tutor

    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 .
  • Mason P., Robotics and Coding Instructor

    Mason P.

    Robotics and Coding Instructor

    Mason is a Technology/Robotics teacher in Fort Smith, AR with a gift for working with kids. While Mason has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Robotics tutoring. He studied at Henderson. When Mason isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him playing war games with his son or doing Robotics with his students.
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