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Meet our Pittsburgh Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Lora Hyde, Center Director

    Lora Hyde

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Lora manages the overall customer experience, sales, and local marketing. She is also responsible for managing the day-to-day Center operations to ensure a consistent, quality educational experience for our families of Sylvan, Upper St. Clair. She studied at Duquesne University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. A former Director of Physician Services for MD Communications, Lora chose to transition her career focus to the tutoring business because of her son. He had to overcome several barriers in reading, writing, and spelling. Although Lora fought for additional services and support for her son at school, she knew it was not enough. Her experience inspired her to help kids and provide for them an even better experience with supplemental tutoring. When Lora isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her curling up with her favorite book, cooking, and enjoying all that Pittsburgh has to offer including her favorite restaurants and festivals.
  • Rae Ann Cooper, Director of Education

    Rae Ann Cooper

    Director of Education

    Rae Ann Cooper oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Upper St Clair. A former Director of Education at Sylvan in Jacksonville, FL, Rae Ann brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. She has been a part of the Sylvan family since 2009, starting as a Sylvan Teacher and working her way up the ranks. Rae Ann graduated from Gannon University in 2006 and WVU in 2009 with a BA in English and an MA in Education, respectively. When Rae Ann isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hosting sleepovers for her niece and nephews, attending any and all Pittsburgh sporting events (Go Steelers!), or cooking with her wonderful husband of 2 years. 
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