Meet our Murfreesboro Tutoring Staff

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

  • Dr. Teresa Flores, Center Director

    Dr. Teresa Flores

    Center Director

    Dr. Teresa Flores has worked at Sylvan of Murfreesboro since 2002. She earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University Peabody College. She also has a Master of Education in School Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Flores has worked as an instructor, program manager, and center director at Sylvan. She teaches reading, math, writing, study skills, and advanced reading. In her spare time, she likes to shop, watch old movies, and spend time with family and friends.
  • Morgan Gibson, Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of the Month February 2015, October 2017, October 2018, December 2019, April 2020, November 2020, September 2021, June 2022

    Morgan Gibson

    Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of the Month February 2015, October 2017, October 2018, December 2019, April 2020, November 2020, September 2021, June 2022

    Morgan has been an Instructor at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2014.  Morgan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.   Both of those degrees are from Middle Tennessee State University.  Morgan also has an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She currently teaches special education for Bedford County Schools.  At Sylvan, she teaches reading, math, study skills, writing, and homework support.  Outside of work, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, swimming, shopping, and spending time with her family.
  • Gloria McCloy, Instructor, Employee of the Month December 2014, March 2016, December 2017, January 2019, February 2020, March 2021, February 2022

    Gloria McCloy

    Instructor, Employee of the Month December 2014, March 2016, December 2017, January 2019, February 2020, March 2021, February 2022

    Gloria has been an Instructor since 2013. Gloria is from Lima, Ohio. Gloria earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. She also has a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Dayton. Gloria taught elementary school for 30 years. Gloria was a Title I instructor specializing in reading and math.  At Sylvan of Murfreesboro, Gloria teaches beginning reading, academic reading, and math.  When she is not enjoying working with children at Sylvan, she likes to go bird watching, hiking, and working in the garden. She also loves reading and being with friends and family.
  • Karen Johnson, Instructor, Employee of the Month June 2015, December 2016, July 2017, April 2018, August 2019, July 2020, June 2021, April 2022

    Karen Johnson

    Instructor, Employee of the Month June 2015, December 2016, July 2017, April 2018, August 2019, July 2020, June 2021, April 2022

    Karen has been an instructor at Sylvan of Murfreesboro since 2012. She is from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Davidson College. At Sylvan of Murfreesboro, Karen tutors reading, math, study skills, advanced reading, ACT prep, and homework support. Additionally, she teaches STEM programs, including robotics, engineering, and math edge.  Karen is the primary instructor for classes with homeschool groups.  Her hobbies include sailing, gardening, swimming, reading, and doing math problems.
  • Anita Smith, Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of the Month July 2015, January 2016, June 2017, June 2018, November 2019, July 2022

    Anita Smith

    Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of the Month July 2015, January 2016, June 2017, June 2018, November 2019, July 2022

    Anita Smith has been a tutor with Sylvan since 2014. Anita is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and is an alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's and Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught for Rutherford County Schools until she retired in 2011. Anita tutors beginning reading, academic reading, and math. In her spare time, she likes to make greeting cards, restore antique lamp shades, read, walk, and do water aerobics.
  • Linda Lyons, Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of Month May 2020, April 2021, May 2022

    Linda Lyons

    Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of Month May 2020, April 2021, May 2022

    Linda has worked at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2020.  Linda is from Chattanooga, TN.  She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Tennessee.  Linda has taught grades K-8 in North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida.  At Sylvan, Linda teaches reading, writing, and math.  When she is away from work, Linda enjoys writing, water aerobics, cooking, genealogy, and travel.
  • Jason Isaacs, Instructor, Employee of the Month July 2021, September 2022

    Jason Isaacs

    Instructor, Employee of the Month July 2021, September 2022

    Jason Isaacs has worked as an instructor at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2021.  He has many years of experience working at other Sylvan Learning Centers in Tennessee and Virginia.  Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Cedarville University.  He enjoys helping students learn.  At Sylvan, he teaches reading, writing, and math.  Outside of Sylvan, Jason enjoys cooking, reading, and being outdoors.
  • Melania Khan, Instructor, Employee of the Month October 2021

    Melania Khan

    Instructor, Employee of the Month October 2021

    Melania has been an instructor at Sylvan Learning Murfreesboro since 2021.  She is originally from South Dakota.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Pre-Law and Political Science with a minor in English from Middle Tennessee State University.  She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies, also at MTSU.  She has worked as a substitute teacher for Rutherford County Schools and tutored students at MTSU.  At Sylvan, she teaches reading and math.  When Melania is away from work, she likes to read, write poetry, exercise, and watch movies.
  • Gracie Grimes, Instructor, Employee of the Month March 2022

    Gracie Grimes

    Instructor, Employee of the Month March 2022

    Gracie has been an instructor at Sylvan Learning Murfreesboro since 2021.  Gracie hails from Nolensville, TN.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University.  She has worked for years as a science teacher for Rutherford County Schools. She also works therapeutically with children using horses.  Gracie teaches math, reading, and writing at Sylvan.  At home, she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her dog and horse.
  • Kalashya Colwell, Instructor, Employee of the Month January 2022

    Kalashya Colwell

    Instructor, Employee of the Month January 2022

    Kalashya has worked as an instructor at Sylvan Learning Murfreesboro since 2021.  Kalashya is a native of Murfreesboro and has a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Davidson College.  Kalashya has worked as an ESL tutor.  At Sylvan, she teaches reading, writing, math, and robotics.  She can also provide homework support for Spanish.  When Kalashya is away from work, she enjoys reading literary fiction and magical realism novels as well as gardening.
  • Zeihkia Byrd, Instructor

    Zeihkia Byrd

    Instructor

    Zeihkia has worked at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2022. She hails from Little Rock, Arkansas. She has a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry and molecular biology from Hendrix College and is currently working on her Masters of Health Science at Meharry Medical College.  Zeihkia teaches reading, writing, math, and science homework support.  When Zeihkia is away from work, she enjoys skating, movies, walks in the park, audiobooks, and documentaries.
  • Steve Luboniecki, Instructor, Employee of the Month January 2021, December 2021, August 2022

    Steve Luboniecki

    Instructor, Employee of the Month January 2021, December 2021, August 2022

    Steve began working at Sylvan of Murfreesboro in 2020.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University.  He has worked as an adjunct professor at Motlow State Community College and recently retired from teaching STEM at Smyrna High School.  At Sylvan, he teaches reading, math, writing, study skills, homework support, and STEM.  Steve likes bicycling, photography, performing, and cooking.
  • Judy Kay Holmes, Instructor

    Judy Kay Holmes

    Instructor

    Judy Kay has been an instructor at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2019.  At our center, she teaches reading, math, homework support, and math edge.  Judy Kay has a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph. D. from Clemson University.  She has taught at the university level for 30 years.  When Judy Kay is relaxing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and swimming.
  • Savannah Lawwell, Instructor

    Savannah Lawwell

    Instructor

    Savannah started working for Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro in 2022. Savannah is completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University.  Savannah has tutored students at MTSU.  She has also served as an ESP teacher for Murfreesboro City Schools, an ESL teacher for the Nashville Center for Empowerment as well as worked with children at church.  She currently teaches reading, math, writing, and science homework support at Sylvan.  When Savannah is enjoying her leisure time, she likes to be outdoors hiking, reading, playing games, and attending church.
  • Evan Johnson, Test Administrator, Employee of the Month May  2018, April 2019, September 2020, August 2021

    Evan Johnson

    Test Administrator, Employee of the Month May 2018, April 2019, September 2020, August 2021

    Evan has worked at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2017.  Evan is originally from Columbus, Ohio.  He is currently working on a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in History from Middle Tennessee State University.  He enjoys working with children and has experience as a camp counselor and church youth worker.  He enjoys reading, sailing, and gaming.
  • Lynn Fenner, Instructor, Employee of the Month February 2021, November 2021

    Lynn Fenner

    Instructor, Employee of the Month February 2021, November 2021

    Lynn has been an instructor at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2020.  She is originally from Chicago, Illinois.  She has her Master of Science as a reading specialist from Concordia University and Learning Behavior Specialist from Dominican University.  Lynn has 15 years of teaching experience with children from Kindergarten to high school.   Lynn currently works as a reading intervention teacher for Rutherford County Schools.  When she is not teaching, she loves to craft and sew.
  • Pam Hagan, Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of the Month September 2015, February 2016, May 2019, June 2020, May 2021

    Pam Hagan

    Instructor and Test Administrator, Employee of the Month September 2015, February 2016, May 2019, June 2020, May 2021

    Pam has been an Instructor and Test Administrator since 2013. She has a Doctorate in Education and Masters in Education Technology from the University of Hawaii Manoa. She also has an M.B.A. from Orlando College and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee State University. Pam previously worked at Sylvan of Albuquerque and Sylvan of Nashville. She recently taught 3rd grade in Lanai, Hawaii.   Pam teaches reading, math, and writing.  She is also a test administrator for all areas. In her spare time, Pam enjoys writing and traveling.
  • Ann Hughes, Instructor

    Ann Hughes

    Instructor

    Ann has taught at Sylvan Learning of Murfreesboro since 2022.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Middle Tennessee State University.   Over the years, Ann has worked with children grades K-12.  She currently teaches reading and math at Sylvan.  When she is not teaching, Ann enjoys exercise, gardening, and healthy eating.