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Meet our Palm Harbor Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Robyn Bard, Center Director

    Robyn Bard

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Robyn runs all operations for Sylvan of Palm Harbor. She attended Florida State University and the University of South Florida and has a B.A. in Elementary Education. After teaching elementary school for seven years and running the local PTA, Robyn joined the Sylvan Palm Harbor staff in 2009. Robyn is passionate about meeting every child's individual needs and loves seeing the smiling faces of happy children walking out of the center! When Robyn isn't at Sylvan, you can find her scrapbooking, taking her dog for a walk on the beach, carting around her two sons, or FaceTiming with her daughter, a freshman at Florida State.
  • Mr. Steve, Lead Instructor

    Mr. Steve

    Lead Instructor

    Steve graduated summa cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida. He has been a tutor at Sylvan of Palm Harbor since 2000 and enjoys riding bicycles with his wife in his free time. He has taught at St. Petersburg College as an adjunct professor for over 10 years. Steve enjoys helping children realize their strengths and abilities in mathematics. Steve tutors primarily in Math and teaches the Math portion of our SAT/ACT prep. He also enjoys showing students how learning Math can be both interesting and rewarding.
  • Ms. Rachel , Instructor

    Ms. Rachel

    Instructor

    Rachel is a graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a minor in Teaching. From the first moment she taught in a classroom, she knew that she wanted to make a difference in the world through teaching. She has been a tutor at Sylvan of Palm Harbor since October 2012. Rachel tutors Math, Reading, Chemistry, Study Skills, and SAT/ACT prep. She believes learning should be a fun, engaging experience for all involved and hopes to spread her enthusiasm for learning to her students.
  • Vivian Mantzarinis, Program Manager

    Vivian Mantzarinis

    Program Manager

    Miss. Vivian earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from SPC in 2015, and is pursuing her Masters degree in School Counseling at USF. She has a genuine passion for working with children and loves being able to be part of their journey in education. Vivian joined our team at Sylvan this past April in 2016. During high school, Vivian volunteered for over 400 hours in a daycare setting and, among other responsibilities, helped students with their homework. From there she became interested in tutoring and has experience working as a private tutor, and as a Greek School teacher.
  • Penelope Daskalos, Assistant Director

    Penelope Daskalos

    Assistant Director

    Miss. Penelope is a graduate of Eckerd College with dual Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Information Systems.  She has also received her coaching certificate from the State of Iowa and in 2010 received her Teaching Certification from the State of Florida.   Penelope has been working in the field of Education for over 15 years and has experience in a variety of areas, and, for the last 5 years, tutoring children from K-9th grades. She genuinely loves teaching the kids, watching them grow as learners and become more self-confident.
  • Margaret Attkisson, Instructor

    Margaret Attkisson

    Instructor

    Margaret is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in English Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership. She began her career in 1997 teaching language arts at Palm Harbor Middle School. In 2007, she became an assistant principal and retired from Pinellas County Schools in June 2016. Margaret joined Sylvan in November 2016 where she continues her love for teaching. Her commitment to education and the belief that all children can succeed has been reaffirmed through her experiences at Sylvan Learning Center. On a personal note, Margaret has three grown children and five grandchildren, whom she adores.
  • Patrice Dotoli, Instructor

    Patrice Dotoli

    Instructor

    Patrice is recently retired after 30 years of teaching. Her love for education and learning could not keep her away very long and she joined us at Sylvan. She has a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum. Patrice’s aims to find each student’s learning style and help them to become lifelong learners. In her free time, Patrice loves to spend time with her family, read, swim, and practice yoga. 
  • Tevin Hughley, Instructor

    Tevin Hughley

    Instructor

    Meet Tevin Hughley. Tevin is  originally from Opelika, Alabama. He earned his B.S. in Biology with a minor in mathematics after attending Morehouse College, and my M.S. in Medical Science from Mississippi College. For fun, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, and playing Battle Tetris online.
  • Dana Brussow, Instructor

    Dana Brussow

    Instructor

    Dana recently retired from Pasco County Schools, where she taught for 30 years. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Elementary Instruction and Curriculum. She loves being part of that moment when a student is successful and haslearned a new skill. Dana comes from a family of educators, she has a brother, a daughter-in-law, a niece, a father-in-law, and a sister-in-law who are all also teachers. When she is not traveling with her husband, she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.  
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