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Meet our Gainesville Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Megan Scott, Center Director

    Megan Scott

    Center Director

    Our Leader and Center Director here in Gainesville is Megan Scott! As a former teacher, Megan has a passion for education and strives to help our students each day. Megan specializes in working with our families to get their programs underway and assists our Sylvan family throughout their stay with us. 
  • Seth Patrick, Assistant Director

    Seth Patrick

    Assistant Director

    Leading our team of dedicated instructors in Gainesville is Seth Patrick. Seth oversees all of the academic programs in our center and meets with all of our Sylvan families each month to update them on their student's progress. Seth also supervises our learning floor and helps our students grow in order to achieve their goals! 
  • Melissa Carney, Teacher

    Melissa Carney


    Melissa joined the Sylvan Learning of Gainesville team in the summer of 2015.  After graduating from University of Florida in 2010, she has taught first and third grade in both Orlando and Gainesville. She has also tutored fourth-graders in after school programs. No matter what age she is teaching, she strongly believes in hands-on learning and developing a caring relationship with students. When not teaching, she enjoys listening to/making music and playing with her two kitties.
  • Shelley MacLean, College Prep Program Manager/Tutor

    Shelley MacLean

    College Prep Program Manager/Tutor

    Shelley joined the Sylvan Gainesville team in fall of 2010. She teaches Sylvan’s Math Essentials, Geometry, Algebra 1 and 2, Study Skills, ACT/SAT Prep programs. She has helped dozens of students feel better about homework, school, and themselves. When not teaching, Shelley can often be found riding her unicycle and has participated in unicycle festivals all over the country.
  • Irene Newsome, Teacher

    Irene Newsome


    Irene joined the Sylvan Gainesville team in the fall of 2004. She teaches Sylvan’s Academic Reading, Advanced Reading, Math Essentials, Geometry, Algebra, Study Skills, and ACT/SAT prep programs. Irene taught high school mathematics for 31 years in Central Florida. Irene loves to teach, and better yet, she loves teaching at Sylvan - and it shows. She is so happy to see our students gain not only knowledge, but confidence in themselves.
  • Joanne Mathia, Teacher

    Joanne Mathia


    Joanne has been working a Sylvan of Gainesville since May of 2016.  She teaches all levels of reading and elementary math.  Joanne has worked in the education field for more than 30 years.  She home-schooled her two successful daughters and went back to school to earn her masters in reading education.

    “I enjoy working with each student and guiding them through the learning process to become successful and independent learners. I love witnessing their academic growth during the time they are at Sylvan.”

  • Patricia Larson, Teacher

    Patricia Larson


    Patricia has been teaching at Sylvan of Gainesville since 2015.  She has taught elementary and college level students for over 30 years!  At Sylvan Patricia teaches reading, math, and writing. She enjoys teaching because she wants to instill a love for learning in children. 

    “I enjoy teaching at Sylvan because of the variety of age groups and subject matter. The children are well behaved and eager to learn. I feel that I am making a difference helping students meet their goals and potential.”

  • Iniko Eplin, Tutor

    Iniko Eplin


    Iniko is a fantastic reading, math and writing teacher here in Gainesville with a gift for working with kids!
  • Alicia McCord, Instructor

    Alicia McCord


    Skilled in teaching reading and writing, Alicia loves working with students and watching them grow!
  • Sydney Melko, Instructor

    Sydney Melko


    Often found at the center of a table of our younger students, Sydney truly enjoys working with our beginning reading program since it helps build the foundations kids need!
  • Sandra Pistole, Instructor

    Sandra Pistole


    A skilled elementary and middle school reading and writing specialist, Sandra loves seeing the "light bulbs" come on her for students!
  • Brandon Wiles, Instructor

    Brandon Wiles


    Well versed in nearly all things Sylvan (ACT/SAT, reading, math of all kinds, study skills, writing, etc.) Brandon is well known and enjoyed by our Sylvan students!
  • Jacob Wiggins, Instructor

    Jacob Wiggins


    A fixture with our elementary level students, Jacob excels at helping them succeed in both reading and math!
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