Meet our Lawrence Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Kirstin Palermo, Director of Operations

    Kirstin Palermo

    Director of Operations

    Kirstin leads Sylvan of Lawrence in implementing day-to-day operations as well as ensuring the academic growth of every student. Previously the Director of Education at Overland Park Sylvan, Center Director of preschools in Olathe & Overland Park, and Instructional Support Para for an elementary school in Overland Park, Kirstin brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan. She graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Emporia State. When Kirstin isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her daughter and family, camping, and scrapbooking.
  • Kelsie Clark, Director

    Kelsie Clark

    Director

    As Center Director, Kelsie leads our team of certified teachers at Sylvan of Lawrence. A former educator for 12+ years, Kelsie chose a career in the tutoring business because she's passionate about working with culturally diverse populations, educating the Whole-Child, and creating a learning environment that provides the best opportunities for learners to succeed. She has earned a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. When Kelsie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoy learning about topics such as psychology, astronomy, and technology; spending time with my daughter—as well as, our three dogs, two cats, and bearded dragon; and spending time hiking or boating around the lake.
  • Alexandria E., Sylvan Certified Lead Teacher

    Alexandria E.

    Sylvan Certified Lead Teacher

    Alexandria is a teacher in Lawrence, KS with a gift for working with kids. While Alexandria has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Algebra tutoring. She is currently studying at the University of Kansas working on her BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education, she has already achieved an associate's degree in Liberals Arts and a Recording Arts Certificate. Alexandria enjoys how at Sylvan the students are in an environment that is claiming to allow students to understand the subjects and build connections with their teachers. When Alexandria isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing Piano or Bass, singing with a Choir, reading a book, or catching up on Naruto.
  • Joan D., Certified Lead Teacher

    Joan D.

    Certified Lead Teacher

    Joan is a teacher in Lawrence, KS with a gift for working with kids. While Joan has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading, she loves it. Her favorite thing about Sylvan is how it applies skills and systems to help children be more confident in their reading and math instructions. Overall, Sylvan is very accommodating to the students' needs and wants. She studied at the University of Kansas with a major in Elementary Education with an endorsement of Special Education. When Joan isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her either on a nature walk, drinking tea or coffee at a local shop, watching YouTube or listening to podcasts about true crime, or hanging out with family and dog.
  • Bennett K., Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Bennett K.

    Sylvan Certified Teacher

    Bennett is a Math Teacher in Lawrence, KS with a gift for working with kids. While Bennett has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Math and STEM tutoring. He studied at the University of Kansas. His favorite thing about Sylvan is the mastery-based learning, and he says it 'is the best!'. When Bennett isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him playing music on his guitar and singing.
  • Kelly H., Certified Teacher

    Kelly H.

    Certified Teacher

    Kelly is a teacher in Lawrence, KS with a gift for working with kids. While Kelly has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in all subjects, he enjoys the variety. He is thankful for the service Sylvan provides to the community. It's a place where different learners learn best in different ways and in different environments. He studied at Kansas State and Pittsburg State Universities where he earned a B.S in Business and a master's in Teaching. When Kelly isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him playing sports, tabletop games, reading, and going for walks.
  • Leigh Anne P., Certified Teacher

    Leigh Anne P.

    Certified Teacher

    A former French, German, and English teacher for both public and parochial schools, Leigh Anne is an experienced addition to our Sylvan Team!  Leigh Anne graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in English.  After working for many years in Salina Kansas, she has settled down in Lawrence where her youngest son resides and is working on his degree in Mathematics.  Leigh Anne also has 2 young granddaughters who live in Texas with her oldest son and a daughter who lives in Chicago.