Meet our McMurray 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 McMurray 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!

  • Ashley F, Administrative Team

    Ashley F

    Administrative Team

    Ashley is a member is a member of the administrative team at Pittsburgh and Cranberry. A former Pre-K teacher, Ashley chose a career in the tutoring business because she saw how many students were struggling. Ashley studied Elementary and Special Education. When Ashley isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and dogs outdoors. 
  • Lora O, Administrative Team

    Lora O

    Administrative Team

    Lora is recently retired with 34 years experience from Peters Township School District where she taught grades 2-5 as a classroom teacher and grades K-3 as the gifted support and enrichment teacher. Lora received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and elementary principal certification from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s degree in reading and language arts from Duquesne University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the National State Teachers of Year-Pennsylvania Chapter. In addition to teaching and learning, Lora loves to travel, swim, scrapbook, read, shop, and listen to country music. 
  • Rachel D, Tutor

    Rachel D


    My name is Ms Rachel. I graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I currently am working toward my Master’s degree to obtain my Reading Specialist Certification from Penn West University. Currently I work at Upper Saint Clair SD as an elementary building substitute. Prior to working at USC I taught Kindergarten and 4th grade. Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, visiting the beach, being outside, and baking. 
  • Jessica K, Tutor

    Jessica K


    Jessica earned her M.Ed. and teaching certification from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2020 and was employed for 2 years as a middle school math and science teacher. Jessica went back to school for her 2nd M.Ed. from Edinboro in special education in 2022. She has been working as a special education teacher ever since. Jessica loves working at Sylvan because she enjoys working in small groups and even 1-1 with students.
  • Katie G, Tutor

    Katie G


    Hello! My name is Katie Galbreath. I have been teaching primary school for 5 years! I am from the state of Indiana and moved to PA this previous year. I started tutoring with Sylvan this year as well. I love the Sylvan community and working with students one on one has allowed me to develop rewarding relationships with students! I look forward to continuing my work as a part of the Sylvan community!