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Meet our Mount Pleasant Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Patti McGrath, Owner / Center Director

    Patti McGrath

    Owner / Center Director

    Patti received her BS in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading and Language Arts from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA. She was a public and private school teacher for 15 years. Patti has been tutoring at Sylvan since 2010. She loves teaching the students at Sylvan because everyday is a new chance to help each child learn unique ways to achieve personal success. On Dec. 1st of 2017 Patti and her husband Ray became owners of the Mt Pleasant Sylvan Learning Center.
  • Meredith Allyn, Teacher

    Meredith Allyn


    Meredith has been with Sylvan for more than 8 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University, and is currently working on her master’s degree in Literacy at the Citadel. Meredith has been teaching Kindergarten for the last 7 years and says, “I could not imagine doing anything else! 
  • Heather Blackmon, Teacher

    Heather Blackmon


    Heather moved from New York to Charleston seven years ago after graduating from Canisius College. As an elementary educator for the  past six years she has empowered students to reach their fullest potential. Heather believes that in order to do so, effective instruction requires differentiation, which is the driving reason why she loves working for Sylvan. It is her solemn belief all students can master the material when it is presented in a way that best addresses each student’s individual learning style. 
  • Jeanne Plastow, Teacher

    Jeanne Plastow


    Jeanne received a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, and a master’s in Special Education from Southeast Missouri State. She has been with Sylvan of Mt. Pleasant since January 2013. Jeanne enjoys tutoring students in reading and math. 

  • Hermine Nelson, Teacher

    Hermine Nelson


    Hermine is a native Charlestonian and a graduate of Burke High School. She attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and The Citadel, here in Charleston and has a BS degree in History, Education and Master of Education in Learning Disabilities. Hermine retired from teaching special education after 35 years, but has also taught various levels of math, reading, science and social studies during her teaching career, as well as adult GED classes at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina. Hermine has been a Sylvan teacher for almost 20 years and really enjoys being able to teach the individual learning plans designed for each student.  
  • Madison Payne, Tutor

    Madison Payne


    Madison is new to Sylvan, but is not new to teaching! She has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from Southern Wesleyan University, and a Master of Arts in Literacy from Liberty University. She has five full years of teaching experience in the public education system, and over two years of experience tutoring one-on-one. Madison is no longer in the classroom as she works as a worship leader in a nearby church. She loves teaching at Sylvan because it gives her the opportunity to continue investing in the lives of the rising generation. 
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