Meet our Holland Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Craig Beckett, Owner

    Craig Beckett


    Craig is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a BS in mechanical engineering and has an MBA from the University of Findlay. He joined Sylvan in April 2006, and prior to that worked as an engineer. Craig and his wife (Caren) are involved in the daily operations in the 7 Sylvan centers they own; Bowling Green, Defiance, Findlay, Lima, Toledo, Lewis Center, and New Albany.
  • Caren Beckett, Owner

    Caren Beckett


    Caren is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with her B.S. in Elementary Education. Caren has worked with Sylvan in many different capacities since 1996. Prior to opening the Bowling Green Center in 2001, she worked in Columbus area centers as a teacher and Director. Caren comments, "Sylvan offers programs that help students feel successful again. The excitement shown by students when they see their school grades improve is not only rewarding as a Director, but also as an educator."
  • Pandora Rose, Administrative Assistant

    Pandora Rose

    Administrative Assistant

    Pandora is our Administrative Assistant who is available to help in many capacities. Born and educated in the U.K. she was a Police Officer for 10yrs before changing careers and becoming an Administrator with the National Health Service working in Children and Family Services. Before coming to Sylvan of Toledo, she worked for Sylvan in Dallas, TX. When Pandora isn't at Sylvan, you will find her traveling and spending time with her husband, dog and 3 cats. “I love being around children and young adults. Never a day goes past when they don’t make me laugh.”
  • Nathan Wisniewski, Tutor

    Nathan Wisniewski


    Nathan is a tutor in Sylvania, Ohio with a gift for working with kids. While Nathan has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Reading and Math tutoring. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Social Studies Education from Bowling Green State University, and he is currently working on his Masters for Intervention Specialist. When Nathan isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him visiting water-front areas, running or watching movies.
  • Hilary Hannigan, Tutor

    Hilary Hannigan


    Hilary tutors in our Holland and Franklin Park locations. She graduated from Adrian College. MI. with a degree in Secondary Education focusing on Math and English and is one of our ACT/SAT tutors.  She is excited to get to know the students and help grow their academic confidence. Hilary enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures. She has visited 27 different countries and plans to visit more in the future!
  • Cherie Hunter, Tutor

    Cherie Hunter


    Cherie tutors in our Holland location. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a BSc in Education and a M.Ed in Urban Education. She has taught grades 3-6 during her time with the Orchard Magnet school of Science. Cherie now enthusiastically teaches our STEM Program. During her time away from Sylvan she enjoys swimming, gardening and playing lots of golf! 
  • Sarah Garvin, Tutor

    Sarah Garvin


    Sarah is currently a tutor in our Oregon location. She works as an Intervention Assistant for Rossford Schools. Sarah has a BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo.
    When not teaching, Sarah enjoys track and field events and spending time with family.
  • Jamise Merchant, Tutor

    Jamise Merchant


    Jamise is a tutor in our Sylvan Learning Center in Holland, OH. While Jamise has many tutoring talents she finds the greatest joy inspiring the students to enjoy learning. Her background as a 4th Grade Head Teacher with the NYC Board of Education has given her the experience to identify the best way to approach her students' learning needs. When Jamise isn't at Sylvan tutoring you will find her enjoying time with her family.    
  • Jeffrey Booth, Tutor

    Jeffrey Booth


    Jeff is a 4th-grade teacher in Toledo, OH with a gift for working with children. While Jeff has many tutoring talents he finds the greatest joy in teaching the middle grades. Jeff graduated from Bowling Green State University Ohio in 2016 with a BA in Education. When he is not tutoring for the Sylvan Learning Center in Toledo you will find him playing men's softball with friends and spending time with his fiancé and puppy dog.
  • Bill Ferencak, Tutor

    Bill Ferencak


    Bill is a 7-12th grade science teacher in Toledo OH. He graduated from the California University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Biology. Bill has a very special talent for helping children to love learning. He finds the greatest joy when tutoring biological sciences. When he isn't tutoring at Sylvan you will find him busy in his garden or out cycling. He is also a BSA volunteer and helps with the Eagle Scouts. 
  • Joyce Pomerville, Tutor

    Joyce Pomerville


    Joyce is a tutor in the Toledo OH area. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Elementary Education and went on to get a MA in Special Education from Eastern Michigan. She enjoys working with children of all ages and when not tutoring she loves spending time with her family her friends and her dogs!
  • Elizbeth Pluff, Tutor

    Elizbeth Pluff


    Elizabeth graduated from BGS University with a BS degree in Middle Childhood Education. She is currently working toward a Masters in Education. While Elizabeth has many tutoring talents she gets immense pleasure guiding students through the learning process and helping them to discover a joy in learning. When not tutoring you will find her painting, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.