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Meet our Gainesville Tutoring Staff

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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!

  • Gilley Spaude, Owner/Executive Director

    Gilley Spaude

    Owner/Executive Director

    Gilley has worked in education since 1995. She decided to resign from her classroom with the Sumter County School District to become a Sylvan franchisee. She wanted to reach out to more students and create a pleasant working environment for her fellow teachers. Her enthusiasm towards learning encourages all of the teachers to go above and beyond with their lessons. Gilley’s guidance has made the Sylvan learning environment fun and rewarding. She is a dedicated owner who strives to help each and every student who walks through the door.

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” –Gandhi
  • Lee Scott, Executive Director of Education

    Lee Scott

    Executive Director of Education

    Lee joined the Sylvan Ocala and Gainesville team in 2014.  He has worked in education for over 16 years and enjoys the opportunity to help each child grow, learn, and see success.  Lee manages our Sylvan curriculum at both our Gainesville and Ocala locations.  He is a strong leader for all of our teachers and directors who has a vast knowledge of Florida's standards and education system.  He enjoys the opportunity to meet with parents and find the program that best fits each student’s needs. Lee also works closely with community leaders to help bring Sylvan into our Gainesville and Ocala communities.
  • 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.
  • Laurie Gullion, Lead Teacher

    Laurie Gullion

    Lead Teacher

    Laurie has been working at Sylvan of Gainesville since 2017 but has worked for other Sylvan centers for more than 3 years prior.  She teaches all levels of math, reading, and College prep programs.  Laurie has worked in the education field for more than 23 years and has always been gifted at helping others understand concepts that are challenging to them.

    “I love showing others that: Math CAN be FUN!”

  • Diane Winchester Busch, Teacher

    Diane Winchester Busch

    Teacher

    Diane joined the Sylvan Gainesville team in 2009. She teaches our Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Geometry, Algebra 1-2, Study Skills and HW support programs. Diane earned her Bachelors of Science in Physics from Stetson University and a Masters in Secondary Science with graduate work in computers from UF. While teaching Mathematics, Science, and Technology for 35 years, she helped found the Nursing Academy at GHS. She also taught Medical Math and College Prep for SFC. Diane believes teaching is worth the hard work and long hours. She enjoys helping a student have an "aha" moment when they see a pattern or put the mental puzzle together.  She spends all of her spare time with family.
  • Irene Newsome, Teacher

    Irene Newsome

    Teacher

    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.
  • John 'Jack' Gregory, Teacher

    John 'Jack' Gregory

    Teacher

    Jack joined the Sylvan of Gainesville team in April of 2015.  Although he is new to the education field, he has a lot of experience working with children and the Sciences of STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math). Jack is currently studying mechanical engineering at UF.  He enjoys exploring math and science and likes to spread his love for technology to his students.  Jack’s favorite aspect about working at sylvan is seeing his student abilities grow and progress.
  • Melissa Carney, Teacher

    Melissa Carney

    Teacher

    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.
  • Joanne Mathia, Teacher

    Joanne Mathia

    Teacher

    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

    Teacher

    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.”

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