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Meet our Midland Tutoring Staff

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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. 
  • Melissa Brinkman, Tutor

    Melissa Brinkman

    Tutor

    Melissa grew up aspiring to be a teacher. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She taught preschool for seven years in the Dallas area, during and just after college. Soon after graduating, she taught fourth grade in inner-city schools before relocating to Midland to be closer to her family. Recently, at Saginaw Valley State University, she completed certification for teaching math.  In addition to tutoring at Sylvan, Melissa teaches second and third grade. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, attending the theater, and being outdoors. 


  • Rachael Hobbs, Tutor

    Rachael Hobbs

    Tutor

    Rachael graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Mathematics. She taught Geometry and Algebra 2 in Texas before moving to Michigan in 2019 to be closer to her family. For fun, Rachael enjoys creating art and playing logic games.
  • Allison Bork, Tutor

    Allison Bork

    Tutor

    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.
  • Amanda Worden, Tutor

    Amanda Worden

    Tutor

    Amanda Worden grew up in Midland and, after earning her teaching certification at SVSU, she now works for Bay City Public Schools as English Language Learner support. She loves working with young people of all ages and abilities. Her greatest joy is building up students to aspire to be their best selves. She is a proud guinea pig mom to Picchu and Ande as well as an avid reader and fancy coffee consumer.
  • Jim Yanacek, Tutor

    Jim Yanacek

    Tutor

    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

    Tutor

    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.
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