Meet our Twinsburg Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Melinda Furlong, Center Director/Owner

    Melinda Furlong

    Center Director/Owner

    As Center Director, Melinda provides an enriched learning environment that promotes student academic success. She prepares high-quality instruction by using Sylvan's curriculum and consistent communication with families and tutors. Melinda chose a career with Sylvan because she values personal learning that brings positive results. She studied at Cleveland State University earning a master's in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy Development/TESOL. When not at Sylvan, she spends time with her two teenagers, reads, and watches movies. 
  • Roger Racey, Director/Owner

    Roger Racey

    Director/Owner

    Roger oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing, and training our team of tutors. As a former/current elementary and high school teacher, he brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Twinsburg.  Roger graduated from Cleveland State University earning a master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. When he isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him bowling or watching movies.
  • Baruch Karp, Director of Education

    Baruch Karp

    Director of Education

    Baruch "Nick" is a Sylvan teacher who truly cares about his students' learning. He will make all efforts to ensure they understand and apply new skills. He teaches reading, math, and writing.
  • Connie Hall, Licensed Teacher

    Connie Hall

    Licensed Teacher

    Connie is a Sylvan teacher with the kindest heart. She studied at Kent State University earning a master's in Special Education and a bachelor's in Educational Studies. She is a Work Study and Option 4 coordinator. Connie loves working at SLT because she loves the awesome staff we help each other and have become like family. Connie is a certified Dog Trainer and Dog Groomer. Her hobbies include working with and training dogs to find plants and working as crisis volunteer canines. 
  • Patricia Adams, Certified Teacher

    Patricia Adams

    Certified Teacher

    Patricia is a Sylvan teacher who loves watching her students learn new tasks and excel. Working for Sylvan is enjoyable for her because she works with students individually and helps them believe in themselves. Patricia attended Ohio Valley and Oklahoma Christian College earning a bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in Early Childhood Pk-3, Special Education k-8. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking, making bows, and reading. 
  • Denise Goza, Licensed Teacher

    Denise Goza

    Licensed Teacher

    Denise is a stubstitute teacher in Ohio who moved here from Texas after 30 years of teaching. She feels that teaching is the greatest job on the planet! She has the philosophy that education, and educators who love teaching, will change the world. While Denise has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in early literacy tutoring. She studied at East Texas University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is an ESL-certified educator. When Denise isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Students who work with Denise will overcome their self-doubt and learn to love learning-one step at a time!
  • Kimberly Gerdes, Licensed Teacher

    Kimberly Gerdes

    Licensed Teacher

    Kimberly is a sixth grade teacher in Bath, Ohio with 28 years of full-time teaching experience.  Kimberly enjoys teaching children learning strategies that work for them and watching them succeed. While Kimberly has many tutoring talents, she especially enjoys teaching phonetic and grammar skills. She studied at Kent State University earning her master's degree specializing in Reading. When Kimberly isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her cooking, watching comedies on T.V., and reading.