Meet our Ocala Tutoring Staff

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

  • Gilley Spaude, Owner/Executive Director

    Gilley Spaude

    Owner/Executive Director

    Gilley has worked in education since 1995.  She decided to resign from her classroom with the Sumter County School District to become a Sylvan franchisee.  She wanted to reach out to more students and create a pleasant working environment for her fellow teachers.  Her enthusiasm towards learning encourages all of the tutors to go above and beyond with their lessons.  Gilley’s guidance has made Sylvan of Ocala's learning environment fun and rewarding. She is a dedicated owner who strives to help each and every student who walks through the door.

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” –Gandhi
  • Linda Bishoff, Center Director

    Linda Bishoff

    Center Director

    Linda has worked at Sylvan since 2005 and has loved every second of it! As Center Director, Linda leads the new enrollment conferences for Sylvan of Ocala. She really enjoys talking with all of the families about which tutoring program would be the correct fit for their students.

    “Sylvan is not just a place to learn, but a place to gain confidence. We provide that extra care that builds a child’s self-esteem and helps the student reach their full potential. Whatever they can dream, we can help them get there. Education is the most important part of a child’s growth, and helping them achieve their goals makes this position so fulfilling.”
  • Jessica Funk, Director of Operations/Tutor

    Jessica Funk

    Director of Operations/Tutor

    Jessica has been teaching at Sylvan of Ocala since October 2008. As Director of Operations, Jessica enjoys working closely with the students and their parents.She teaches Sylvan’s Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Math Essentials programs. She also works closely with the students when they come for diagnostic assessments. Jessica became a teacher because she enjoys relating to her students specific needs in order to better teach them.

    "I love working at Sylvan because the small student to teacher ratio gives me the opportunity to give each and every student the special attention that they need in order to make the most difference in their education and confidence."
  • Natalie Barnes, Assistant Director

    Natalie Barnes

    Assistant Director

    Natalie has been working at Sylvan of Ocala for about five years. She helps to prepare all of the students’ materials and assignments for each session. She enjoys working closely with the students when they come for reading or math diagnostic assessments.  She is dedicated to helping parents with their questions or concerns. She decided to work in education because she enjoyed going to school and wanted to help younger students gain enthusiasm about their education.

    “I enjoy working at Sylvan alongside the tutors because it is great to see how the students, over time, build up their self-confidence and meet their academic goals.”
  • Evan Landrum, Program Manager/Tutor

    Evan Landrum

    Program Manager/Tutor

    Evan began working at Sylvan of Ocala since October 2008. He teaches Sylvan’s Academic Reading, Math Essentials, and Academic Writing programs. Every day he looks closely at every student's learning plan and manages their assignments to make sure their lessons are aligned with their needs and the standards. He has been a teacher for more than 30 years! He became a teacher because he always had a positive experience with school growing up, and he wanted to help others have the same type of experiences.

    “I enjoy working at Sylvan because of the variety of ages and the small student to teacher ratio. I love to see the growth that the students achieve as we work through their programs.”
  • Larry Shaffer, Tutor

    Larry Shaffer

    Tutor

    Larry has been teaching at Sylvan of Ocala since March 2012. He teaches Sylvan’s Math Essentials, geometry, pre-algebra, and algebra 1 programs. He also teaches chemistry and biology homework support. In the past he worked as a veterinarian specializing in horses. He is excited to work for Sylvan so that he can have the opportunity to interact with youth and give back to the community.

    "I enjoy working at Sylvan because I get to see my students' self esteem blossom. Watching young people grasp a new concept is particularly rewarding."
  • Linda Hallman, Tutor

    Linda Hallman

    Tutor

    Linda began teaching at Sylvan Learning of Ocala in September 2014. She teaches Math Essentials, Academic Reading, Advanced Homework Support, SAT and ACT prep. Linda has been working in education for more than 31 years! She understands that many students may feel like math, such as geometry, algebra, algebra 2, trigonometry, or calculus, seem like a foreign language. She enjoys explaining and translating those subjects to show her students that if they take it one step at a time, they can be successful.

    “I enjoy working at Sylvan because it’s a great atmosphere with devoted co-workers and I can give each of my students one on one attention.”
  • Derek Murray, Tutor

    Derek Murray

    Tutor

    Derek has been teaching at Sylvan of Ocala since 2005. He teaches all of Sylvan’s programs, including individualized reading, math, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GED prep courses. He also teaches physics, statistics, calculus, and trigonometry homework support. He wanted to work in the education field because he wanted to use the experience that he’s acquired to make a difference in his students’ lives.

    “I work at Sylvan because I enjoy watching the kids become confident when they take a test or when they pass a class they have had difficulty in.”
  • Nancy Lane, Tutor

    Nancy Lane

    Tutor

    Nancy has been teaching at Sylvan of Ocala since 2007. She teaches Sylvan’s Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Math Essentials programs. She has been working in education for over thirty years! Nancy goes above and beyond to give all of our youngest students the special attention they need.  She wanted to become a teacher because she enjoys working with children. 

    “I enjoy working at Sylvan because I love watching the students’ progress; the look on their faces when they understand a concept is so rewarding!”
  • Sue McIntyre, Tutor

    Sue McIntyre

    Tutor

    Sue has been teaching at Sylvan of Ocala since October 2010. She teaches Sylvan’s Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Math Essentials, and Academic Writing programs. She has been working in education for 28 years! She enjoys working and interacting with children. She strives to make learning fun and hopes that each student will look forward to going to school each day.

    “I enjoy working at sylvan because I am able to help children learn new things in a fun way. I hope to make a difference in each of my students’ lives.”
  • Mary I. Hurst, Tutor

    Mary I. Hurst

    Tutor

    Mary has been teaching at Sylvan of Ocala since November 2011. She teaches Sylvan’s Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Math Essentials programs. She also teaches Spanish homework support. She has been working in education for more than twenty five years. She wanted to become a teacher since she was a small child.

    “I enjoy working at Sylvan because I love the people I work with, the friendly and helpful environment, and the children. I love that I can help the students improve themselves in a variety of areas.”
  • David Veazey, Tutor

    David Veazey

    Tutor

    David has been teaching at Sylvan Learning of Ocala since August, 2013. He teaches Sylvan's Math Essentials, Academic Reading, and homework support programs. David has been working in education for more than twenty five years. He enjoys learning things for himself and then sharing those things with others. He chose to tutor because it's thrilling to get a child to be excited about learning and to help them feel proud of themselves.

    "I like working at Sylvan Learning of Ocala because I enjoy tutoring in small groups where I can focus on each child's unique needs."
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