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Meet our Lawton Tutoring Staff

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

  • Howard Johnson, Center Director/Franchisee

    Howard Johnson

    Center Director/Franchisee

    Howard Johnson is a graduate of Duncan HS and holds a BS degree in History from Oklahoma Christian University, MEd degree in Guidance & Counseling from SW Oklahoma State University. He has completed post-graduate work at the University of Oklahoma where he earned a secondary principal’s certificate. Howard has taught in the Education Department at Cameron U, serves on the Board of Education at Great Plains Technology Center and is a member of the Lawton Public School Foundation Board. He retired from the Lawton Public Schools after 32 years—as a teacher, counselor, and administrator--and was the recipient of local, state and national education awards. 
  • Jo Jean Johson, Center Director/Franchisee

    Jo Jean Johson

    Center Director/Franchisee

    Jo Jean Johnson, a graduate of Duncan HS, attended the University of Central Oklahoma and worked at Central Middle School and MacArthur High School. She was office manager at MHS when she retired from the Lawton Public Schools after 32 years of service.  
  • Kathryn Rakow, Center Director

    Kathryn Rakow

    Center Director

    Kathryn is a psychology graduate in Lawton, OK with a gift for working with people. While Kathryn has many talents, she finds the greatest joy in psychology. She studied at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. When Kathryn isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking at the Refuge or reading.
  • Samantha Conejero, Assistant Director of Education

    Samantha Conejero

    Assistant Director of Education

    Samantha has a Bachelor’s of Science in Cellular/Molecular Biology from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. She was an EFL teacher in Korea for 2 years and continues to teach EFL online. When she isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her cycling or spending time with her husband. 
  • Mary Carney, Lead Teacher

    Mary Carney

    Lead Teacher

    Mary graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Mary teaches 1st grade at Washington Elementary School. When she is not teaching, Mary enjoys reading and crocheting. 
  • Ashley McCarter, Lead Teacher

    Ashley McCarter

    Lead Teacher

    Ashley, a graduate of Eisenhower HS, earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Science in School Counseling from East Central University. Ashley currently teaches at Beginnings Academy. When she isn’t teaching, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors with her son and weight lifting. 
  • Martika Smith, Lead Teacher

    Martika Smith

    Lead Teacher

    Martika is a special education teacher at Pat Henry Elementary School and has been referred to by one of her coworkers as "Maybe the best first-year teacher I've ever worked with." Martika graduated high school in Germany, earned a BA degree in Criminal Justice and is now completing a Master's degree in Special Education at Cameron University.
  • Angela Baumann, Tutor

    Angela Baumann

    Tutor

    Angela is a teacher in Lawton , OK with a gift for working with kids. While Angela has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English tutoring. She studied at Cameron University. When Angela isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading books and writing stories/poems .
  • Erin Berry, Teacher

    Erin Berry

    Teacher

    Erin has a degree in Elementary Education from Cameron University, a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and a Master of Science in Counseling. Erin has been a co-teacher at MacArthur Middle School for nine years, and will return this fall as a school counselor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at OU with her daughter, and relaxing with her husband. 
  • Carrie Gonzalez, Teacher

    Carrie Gonzalez

    Teacher

    Carrie is a teacher in Lawton, OK with a gift for working with kids. While Carrie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring.  She studied at Cameron University. When She isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her gardening and traveling.
  • Chelle Heffernan, Teacher

    Chelle Heffernan

    Teacher

    Chelle, a graduate of Lawton HS, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Cameron University and a Master of Library Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Chelle is a teacher and library media specialist at Freedom Elementary School on Fort Sill. Chelle enjoys spending time with her family, and her new hobby is folding designs in old books.
  • Cindy Long, Teacher

    Cindy Long

    Teacher

    Cindy is a teacher in Lawton , OK with a gift for working with kids. While Cindy has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at Cameron University . When Cindy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her kids and shopping .
  • Hannah Muirhead, Tutor

    Hannah Muirhead

    Tutor

    Hannah is a Special Education teacher at Elgin High School, with a gift for working with kids. While Hannah has many tutoring talents,  she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. When Hannah isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her outdoors or crafting. 
  • Sarah Owens, Teacher

    Sarah Owens

    Teacher

    Sarah is a teacher at Freedom Elementary in Lawton, OK with a gift for working with kids.  While Sarah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in academic reading tutoring.  She is a graduate of Frederick HS, earned a BS in Elementary Education, as well as an MEd in School Counseling at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  When Sarah isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her outdoors, training dogs for search and rescue, or reading.
  • Beth Perry, Teacher

    Beth Perry

    Teacher

    Beth has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southwest Oklahoma State University. Beth currently teaches PreK at the Learning Tree. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching movies.
  • Laura Powell, Teacher

    Laura Powell

    Teacher

    Laura is teaching in Anadarko, OK with a gift for working with kids.  While Laura has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring.  She completed high school in East Moline, IL and earned BA and MA degrees in English from Western Illinois University. She retired as a US Army Lieutenant Colonel.  When Laura isn't at Sylvan of Lawton, you'll find her crocheting, reading, or listening to country music. 
  • Amy Rittenhouse, Teacher

    Amy Rittenhouse

    Teacher

    Amy is a Kindergarten teacher at Bishop Elementary School. Although she is currently teaching Kindergarten, she can really do it all! While Amy has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring Math of all levels at Sylvan. When Amy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying the fine arts.
  • Kristina Stecco, Teacher

    Kristina Stecco

    Teacher

    Kristina graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and Romance Languages. She also earned a Master’s of Science degree with a concentration in English and is currently a 6th grade language arts teacher at Eisenhower Middle School. In Kristina’s free time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her dogs.
  • BJ Tumlinson, Teacher

    BJ Tumlinson

    Teacher

    BJ is a teacher at Eisenhower Middle School, with a gift for working with kids.  While BJ has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in ACT Prep tutoring.  She studied at the University of Central Oklahoma.  When BJ isn't at Sylvan of Lawton, you'll find her reading, taking pictures, or loving on her cats.
  • Tiffani Veal, Teacher

    Tiffani Veal

    Teacher

    Tiffani has a gift for educating young people in the areas of science, technology, and math. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in math from Cameron University. She is working on a Master’s in Business Administration, a Master of Education in Secondary Education, and has taken classes in Web Design. She has taught science and math at Central Middle School for ten years. When Tiffani is not teaching or tutoring, she enjoys scrapbooking and playing league billiards.
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