Meet our Troy Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Lynn Hoagland, BA, MA, Executive Director/Franchisee

    Lynn Hoagland, BA, MA

    Executive Director/Franchisee

    Lynn has been the franchise owner for the Troy and Utica, Michigan, Sylvan Learning Centers since 1985. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree with a major emphasis in reading from Oakland University. Lynn has over 15 years of classroom teaching experience in the Pontiac and Rochester school systems. She has three daughters, three sons-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. When Lynn isn't working, she's travelling between Michigan, Colorado and California to visit her family. Little known fact: The true king of her household is Lynn's Bishon, "Duncan." 
  • Kris Klima, BA, Center Director

    Kris Klima, BA

    Center Director

    Kris joined Sylvan in 2017, after spending over 15 years working in the classroom and operating her own tutoring company.  Kris loves teaching, and also loves being a mentor to her team of tutors.  When Kris isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time at the gym, going on walks, and staying active.
  • Haylie Tate, BA, Marketing Director and teacher

    Haylie Tate, BA

    Marketing Director and teacher

    Haylie is a certified teacher in Troy, MI. A former guest teacher at Troy High School, Haylie brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Troy. She graduated from Oakland University, earning her B.A. in English, History, and Secondary Education. Haylie joined Sylvan Learning of Troy in the fall of 2013 and was promoted to Director in August 2014. She left us in December of 2015 to have her first son, Ethan, and then again in September of 2018 to have her second son, Owen! Haylie enjoys working at Sylvan because of the positive atmosphere! Little known fact: Haylie is very crafty and made all the bouquets at her wedding out of roses she fashioned with coffee filters!
  • Nancy Erle BS, Teacher

    Nancy Erle BS


    Nancy grew up in Livonia. She attended Central Michigan University where she earned her BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education. While she enjoys teaching all subjects, Nancy is our resident math expert and loves to tutor in Study Skills and all of our higher math programs. In her free time, Nancy enjoys all kinds of art, baking, and gardening, and often brings in yummy treats for her fellow tutors! Nancy enjoys tutoring at Sylvan because she likes to prove that ALL students are capable of success with math! Little known fact: Nancy lived and taught in Hampton, VA, before moving back to MI. 
  • Anne May BA, MA, Teacher

    Anne May BA, MA


    Anne is an  Art Education Teacher in Frazier, MI, with a gift for working with kids. While Anne has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in working at Sylvan is watching the students rapidly grow. An interesting fact about Anne that speaks loudly about her personality is that she picks one new goal every year and dives deep into achieving it.  Anne states this has provided her with many adventures, friends, fun, and memories!
  • Nathan Cumbo AS, Teacher

    Nathan Cumbo AS


    Nathan is one of our higher math teachers.  He truly has a gift for working with students.  Nathan is a graduate of Wayne State with a degree in Accounting and Financing.  Nathan brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Troy.  When Nathan isn't at Sylvan, you will find him spending time with his family and his cat Jerry, and rabbit Snoot.  Nathan really enjoys spending time on his lake during the summer and playing golf year-round.
  • Lyle Dixon BS, Teacher

    Lyle Dixon BS


    Lyle is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Special Education. He currently also works as a middle school special education science teacher. When not at Sylvan, Lyle enjoys spending time with his wife, cat, and daughter - in that order, according to him! Lyle offers a lot of comic relief when working in the center, which both students and staff appreciate. Lyle enjoys being able to work with a great variety of age groups at Sylvan.