Meet our Lynchburg Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Lynne Kratochvil, Owner/Executive Director

    Lynne Kratochvil

    Owner/Executive Director

    Lynne has been a teacher at our Lynchburg center for over three years.  She has recently purchased both the Lynchburg and Danville Centers.  She is a true believer in doing what it takes to assist students in finding success.  Lynne has been an administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels and taught an abundance of subjects.  Therefore her versatility as a tutor is also endless.  Lynne enjoys students of all ages and is excited about her new found role at Sylvan.
  • Clay Ashby, Director of Education

    Clay Ashby

    Director of Education

    Clay administers our educational programs and manages and trains our team of tutors in Lynchburg and our centers in Appomattox, Farmville, Madison Heights and Boonsboro.  A graduate of Lynchburg College and a former elementary school teacher in Amherst County,  Clay has more than nine years Sylvan experience. When away from Sylvan, Clay is an avid sports fan (Redskins, Cubs and Bulls) and outdoors enthusiast.

  • Angela Blankenship, Director of Education

    Angela Blankenship

    Director of Education

    Angela oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Lynchburg and our centers in Appomattox, Farmville, Madison Heights and Boonsboro. A former middle school teacher in Virginia and Hawaii, Angela brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sylvan. She has worked with Sylvan for more than 10 years. Angela graduated from Liberty University and has completed graduate work at the University of Virginia and Longwood University. When Angela isn’t at Sylvan, she is a homeschooling mother and spouse.

  • Dr. Laura Jones, Tutor

    Dr. Laura Jones


    Laura has been a Sylvan instructor in Lynchburg for seven years and completed her doctorate degree in Teaching and Instruction at Liberty University in 2016. Laura is a gifted teacher and mentor. When not at Sylvan Laura is a passionate hiker and you can usually find her on the trails over the weekend. She and her husband recently completed a year in Romania as part of a Fulbright program.

  • Bobby Markey, Tutor

    Bobby Markey


    Bobby is a math specialist and SAT specialist for the Lynchburg center and  works with students through the college level. While he has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in advanced math tutoring. He studied at Longwood University. He is an AP-level instructor for Campbell County Schools and a Denver Broncos fan.  

  • Cathy Shockley, Tutor

    Cathy Shockley


    Cathy is an instructor in Appomattox. She finds the greatest joy in helping children who are struggling in reading. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. She has been teaching for 15 years. She currently is a teacher at Appomattox Christian Academy and taught previously in Lynchburg and in Delaware. 
  • Vangie Poggemiller, Tutor

    Vangie Poggemiller


    Vangie Poggemiller is an instructor at our Lynchburg, Appomattox and Madison Heights Centers. She is a versatile teacher who works well with students of all levels. Vangie earned a BS degree in Education from Liberty University. Vangie has traveled extensively and her favorite book is “Ann of Green Gables.”.
  • Kathy Nichols, Tutor

    Kathy Nichols


    Kathy is a tutor at our Lynchburg, Appomattox and Madison Heights Centers.  Kathy finds great joy in working with special needs students. She studied at Lynchburg College, earning two M.Ed. degrees in special education. When Kathy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, walking, decorating, and rooting for Virginia Tech.
  • Danielle Wikander, Tutor

    Danielle Wikander


    Danielle is an instructor in Lynchburg with a gift for working with kids. While Danielle has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching reading skills. She studied at Liberty University and recently earned her M.Ed. and reading specialist certification. When Danielle isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities, and of course reading.

  • Dan Smith, Tutor

    Dan Smith


    Dan Smith is an instructor at our Lynchburg and Madison Heights Centers. He is a veteran teacher at the high school level (Science) and enjoys working with kids. Dan earned a BS degree in biology from the University of Virginia. When Dan isn’t at Sylvan he enjoys time with his family, movies, travel and video games.
  • Barbara Kirby, Tutor

    Barbara Kirby


    Barbara is an instructor at our Lynchburg Center. She is a versatile teacher who works well with students of all levels. Barbara earned a BA degree in Education from Liberty University and is currently in an M.Ed. program for reading specialists. Barbara has traveled extensively and is a fan of all Boston professional teams.
  • Betsy Burnett, Tutor

    Betsy Burnett


    Betsy is a tutor at our Lynchburg and Madison Heights Centers. Betsy started at Sylvan three years ago as a teaching assistant and assessor. Upon earning her degree at Lynchburg College, she became an instructor. Both of her parents are educators. She enjoys painting and is very active in her church’s youth ministry.  
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