Meet our Midland Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Cathy Ringey, Center Director

    Cathy Ringey

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Cathy leads the daily operations for Sylvan of Midland. Formerly, she was the Director of Education for 8 years. Working in small groups in her children's classrooms sparked her interest in becoming a teacher and working in the tutoring business. She earned her Elementary Education degree at Saginaw Valley State University. When Cathy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her children, family, and friends, dancing, traveling, attending live entertainment, or enjoying one of many outdoor activities.
  • Brenda Merchant, Director of Education

    Brenda Merchant

    Director of Education

    Brenda graduated from high school in Michigan but then went to college in Tennessee to earn her BS degree in Elementary Education. She has 27 years of experience in the classroom, teaching students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Brenda has been sharing her teaching talents at Sylvan since June 2019. In her spare time, she loves reading, doing crafts, and going to the beach. 
  • Allison Bork, Tutor

    Allison Bork


    Allison is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she studied secondary English Education. At Sylvan, she shares her teaching talents with students in Reading, Writing, English SAT/ACT, Study Skills, and math. When not at Sylvan, Allison enjoys writing and curling up to read a novel with her cat, Arvid.
  • Jim Yanacek, Tutor

    Jim Yanacek


    Jim is an instructor in Midland, Michigan. His areas of specialty include math, chemistry, physics, and ACT/SAT Prep. He studied at Clemson University. As a retired chemical engineer, Jim brings a wealth of experience to share with his students. He enjoys running and is currently a high school track coach. Boating is another of his passions. 
  • Dr. David Busby, Tutor

    Dr. David Busby


    Dave works as a chemist in Midland. He earned his degree at the University of Nebraska. As a Sylvan of Midland tutor, he especially enjoys teaching all levels of math, as well as ACT/SAT Prep and some sciences. Dave derives the most satisfaction from the moments his students "get it." Traveling and playing tennis and golf are Dave's favorite ways of spending his spare time.
  • Rachael Hobbs, Tutor

    Rachael Hobbs


    Rachael grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Mathematics. While in Texas, she taught high school Geometry and Algebra II. Rachael moved to Michigan in 2019 to be closer to her two nephews. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog and playing video games.