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!

  • Seth Patrick, Executive Director

    Seth Patrick

    Executive Director

    Hello! Seth oversees the educational integrity of our programs and managing/training our team of tutors in Gainesville. Seth brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Gainesville. He graduated from Manchester University in Indiana. When Seth isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him playing golf or doing mathematics. Furthermore, Seth oversees all of the academic programs in our center and works with the Center Director to prepare progress reports to present to families each month. Seth also supervises our instruction floor and helps our students grow in order to achieve their goals! He is very dedicated to his position and is ready to serve you in any way that he can. Welcome to the Sylvan Family!!!
  • Patricia Larson, Reading/English Lead Teacher

    Patricia Larson

    Reading/English Lead Teacher

    Hi! I am Pat Larson and have been working at Sylvan for over five years! I am a retired elementary teacher of 30 years and also taught reading at the college level for five years! I have a Bachelors in Elementary Ed from Warner Southern and a Masters in Reading from University of South Florida! I have enjoyed my teaching career and so happy to extend it by teaching at Sylvan! I am an avid reader of historical fiction and also enjoy sewing and baking. The students and faculty at our Sylvan center are a joy to work with everyday! 
  • Brandon Wiles, Upper Level Lead Teacher

    Brandon Wiles

    Upper Level Lead Teacher

    Hello, my name is Dr. Brandon Wiles. I am an Upper Level Mathematics and English instructor for Sylvan Learning Center. I have worked for multiple Sylvan's over the past few years. I teach Math Essentials, Academic Reading, Writing, SAT/ACT College Prep, and Homework Support. I love working with all levels of students, but working with the SAT/ACT students and Upper Level Math/Physics homework support students is my greatest passion. In my free time you will find me reading my Astro Physics books, working on stuff for the college classes I teach or attending my Capoeira classes!  
  • Azaria , Teacher



    Hi! My name is Azaria but everyone calls me AJ. I studied Classics at the University of Florida, with a focus in Ancient History. I plan on returning to the  University of Florida in the future. In addition to English, I am proficient in Latin. My driving passions are education and customer service. I firmly believe that every student requires a unique approach and a caring environment to successfully learn. I am currently training for a half-marathon, and I love being outdoors. There's nothing better than a morning run!
  • Alicia McCord, Teacher

    Alicia McCord


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