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Meet our Greenville Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Amy Gardner, Executive Director / Franchisee

    Amy Gardner

    Executive Director / Franchisee

    Executive Director and Franchisee of 6 locations, Amy Gardner currently leads the wonderful educational team for Sylvan of Greenville. After 20+ years in the telecom industry, Amy moved back from Alaska to purchase 3 existing Sylvan Learning locations. 3 locations have since been added to the Gardner Learning Centers franchise locations, each making a difference in the lives of so many families. Amy graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in music. It’s a family business you will often see her children (Daniel, Callie & Caleb), and her Father (John) in the center(s) helping out in some way or another.  
  • Beverly Harcum, Director of Education

    Beverly Harcum

    Director of Education

    Bev Harcum served as the Center Director and Director of Education in Richmond, VA for 15 years. An unexpected move to Greenville brought her to our location where she now serves as an Education Consultant and Director of Education. Bev spends much of her day at Sylvan consulting by phone with families throughout the Upstate regarding their tutoring needs. She welcomes questions and concerns from parents regarding their student's academic needs and achievement.
  • Tanisha Smith, Assistant Director of Education

    Tanisha Smith

    Assistant Director of Education

    As Assistant Director of Education, Tanisha works in conjunction with the Center Director to manage growth opportunities and execute off site instruction and seminars for Sylvan of Greenville. A former teacher, Tanisha chose a career in the tutoring business because she wanted to be a part of helping students build skills needed to succeed in school. She studied at Valdosta State University. When Tanisha is not at Sylvan, you will find her reading or spending time with her family.
  • Karen Weinberg, INSTRUCTOR

    Karen Weinberg


    Karen Weinberg holds South Carolina certifications in Early, Elementary, and Special Education. A graduate of Washington State University, Karen taught in Maine for several years before relocating with her family to South Carolina. Karen enjoys the beach and watching her sons play soccer.
  • Kathy Devon, INSTRUCTOR

    Kathy Devon


    Kathy Devon completed a B.S. in elementary education from Central Michigan University and a Master's in Education from the University of North Texas. In addition to tutoring for Sylvan of Greenville, she currently serves as a student-teacher supervisor for USC Upstate. She enjoys teaching middle school reading, writing, and study skills. She also enjoys Clemson football!
  • Dr. Jeff French, INSTRUCTOR

    Dr. Jeff French


    Jeff French graduated from Furman University in 1995 and spent the next 12 years in a variety of college-level roles as a continuing student, graduate student, program coordinator, and instructor for the University of South Carolina (full time) and Midlands Technical College (part-time). He was also a zookeeper at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. With a focus on genetics and ecology, Dr. French finished his graduate work in biology and moved to a full-time teaching position at North Greenville University in 2007, now serving as Chair of Biology and Assistant Dean of Science and Math. His family lives in Greer, SC, and he tutors part-time for Sylvan in SylvanPrep, Math and Algebra Edge, as well as upper-level math and science support.
  • Sara Beth Gilbert, INSTRUCTOR

    Sara Beth Gilbert


    Sara Beth Gilbert is a teacher in Greenville, SC with a gift for working with kids. While Sara Beth has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Lander University and a Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Converse College. When Sara Beth isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her teaching first grade at Bethel Elementary School. She enjoys craft projects, reading, going to the beach, and watching baseball and football.  
  • Bonnie Walker, INSTRUCTOR

    Bonnie Walker


    Bonnie Walker is a retired teacher from Ohio, with a gift for working with kids. She planned programs for the Old Stone Schoolhouse Museum in Concord, Ohio while working at Riverside Local Schools. While Bonnie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching is reading and writing. She has a BA in Communications from Lake Erie College and a post-baccalaureate from Notre Dame of Ohio in Education. When she isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her canning fresh vegetables and making jams from her husband's garden. 
  • Meg Schumann, INSTRUCTOR

    Meg Schumann


    Meg is a tutor in Greenville, SC and truly loves working with children! She earned her certificate in Early Childhood and Middle School education from Piedmont College, as well as an ESOL endorsement. In addition to working at Sylvan, she has also taught 5th grade for many years. In her spare time, Meg enjoys reading mysteries, writing poetry, and spending time with her family. 
  • Betsy Paroby, INSTRUCTOR

    Betsy Paroby


    Betsy is a tutor at our Greenville location, and has long enjoyed working with Sylvan to help children strengthen skills in reading and math! She graduated with an Early Childhood Education degree, has a Bachelor of Science from Temple University, and when she isn’t working, Betsy enjoys fitness, animals, and reading! 
  • Jim Stauner, INSTRUCTOR

    Jim Stauner


    Jim served 32 years in the Air Force, including the Air National Guard. Jim’s teaching career started in Honduras, a remote mountainous village. While there, numerous Honduran Army personnel approached him to teach them English to better communicate with the US Military. He continued teaching wherever deployed! After Jim retired, he obtained his M.ED. from Concordia University and a BS degree in Geological Sciences from Bradly University. In his spare time, Jim enjoys the outdoors, his two dogs, Schnitzel & Piglet, and an African Grey parrot, Harpo.
  • Leah Buchanan, INSTRUCTOR

    Leah Buchanan


    Ms. Leah Buchanan studied biology in college. She later went back to earn a masters in teaching. Leah has  worked in education for 6 years and enjoys math and science.
  • Aslynn Halvorson, INSTRUCTOR

    Aslynn Halvorson


      Aslynn is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Human Performance at Newberry College. She received her Bachelors Degree and Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing her EdD in Kinesiology through UNC Greensboro. Aslynn's current hobbies include reading, drawing, playing violin and guitar, and dancing, in addition to her new hobby of highland games competitions. Aslynn hopes to return to competitive powerlifting in the next year.  


    Saqib Tymus


    Saqib excels in math at all levels. He uses his skills to help tutor students, and the results are excellent.  Saqib likes to watch Netflix and YouTube in his free time.  He enjoys eating food of all kinds and spending the weekend with friends in Columbia.
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