Meet our Lancaster Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Lauren Webster, Owner/Franchisee

    Lauren Webster


    Lauren graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University. She started at Sylvan as a tutor in 2014. Lauren and her husband, Mike, became owners of the Palmyra and Lancaster locations in June of 2017. 

    In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.

  • Mike Webster, Owner/Franchisee

    Mike Webster


    Mike is a 2008 Graduate of Cedar Crest High School and Career and Technology Center as a certified Electrician. He has operated his father's construction company for the past seven years as the Vice President and Director of Operations As of June 1, 2017 he is the Secretary and Treasurer of Webster Associates, Inc. which does business as Sylvan Learning Center. In his free time Mike enjoys hunting, taking the dog for a walk and spending time with family.
  • Elizabeth Clippinger, Regional Director

    Elizabeth Clippinger

    Regional Director

    Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern University and her Master’s degree in Education and Reading from Chestnut Hill College. She also went on to become a certified Reading Specialist. She was a classroom teacher for five years before joining the Sylvan team in 2013. Elizabeth was one out of twelve Directors to be appointed to the Sylvan CEO Advisory Board for 2021. 
    During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys hiking, reading, and going to the beach!
  • Sarah Styer, Center Director

    Sarah Styer

    Center Director

    Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree from Shippensburg University. She majored in Elementary Education and minored in Early Childhood Education. Later, she became certified in Mid-level Math and English. Sarah taught Pre-Kindergarten before joining the Sylvan team in 2014. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being active, reading, traveling with her boyfriend, and spending time with her dog, Gunner.
  • Katie Souders, Director of Education

    Katie Souders

    Director of Education

    Katie received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Penn State with a minor in human development and family studies. She then moved to Florida where she received her teaching degree in elementary education and 5th-9th grade mathematics. She taught first through third grade at a Montessori charter school for two years. When she returned to Pennsylvania she worked briefly as a TSS and then as a substitute teacher, before joining the Sylvan team. During her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, and baking.
  • Heather Hoopes, Program Manager

    Heather Hoopes

    Program Manager

    Heather received two Bachelor’s degrees, in Education and Bible (+ a TEFL certificate) from Columbia International University. She also got her Master of Arts in Teaching the following year and is certified to teach Pre-K through third grade - with an additional certificate to teach upper elementary. She started at Sylvan as a tutor in 2020 and was later thrilled to join the management team after accepting a full-time position in 2021. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends and getting lost in a great book!