Meet our Winston-Salem Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Meredith Freeman, Executive Director

    Meredith Freeman

    Executive Director

    Meredith joined the Sylvan Learning team in 2001 and is the Executive Director at Sylvan Learning  in Burlington, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, NC.  She comes to Sylvan with a degree in Psychology from UNC Wilmington. She has held a variety of positions throughout her Sylvan career and decided in 2003 to make Burlington her home. Her favorite thing about her position is watching each student's confidence grow and changing the "I can't" attitude to "I can." 
    Meredith’s favorite day at Sylvan...When a parent came up to me and asked me for a hug because we had done with her child something she thought was impossible.
  • Michelle Varoutsos , Center Director

    Michelle Varoutsos

    Center Director

    As center director, Michelle is responsible for managing the overall customer experience, sales, and local marketing strategies of the center. She is also responsible for managing the daily operations to ensure a consistent, quality educational experience for Sylvan customers. A former Assistant Principal, Michelle chose a career in the tutoring business to continue to spend quality educational time with students. She attended Southern Connecticut State University. 
  • Jessica Pierce, Director of Education

    Jessica Pierce

    Director of Education

    Jessica oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Winston Salem. She is responsible for delivering a high quality personal customer experience. A former special education teacher in Winston Salem, Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Winston Salem. She graduated from Appalachian State University. 
  • Shaniqua A. Walker, Tutor

    Shaniqua A. Walker


    Shaniqua is a  Professional Math Tutor at Guilford Technical Community College, NC with a gift for working with kids. While Shaniqua has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Math 2 and Advanced Functions & Modeling tutoring. She studied at Winston-Salem State University, East Carolina University, and North Carolina State University. When Shaniqua isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her completing sudoku puzzles, playing and listening to music, community service with her sorority and spending time with family and friends.
  • Julie Gunshenan, Tutor

    Julie Gunshenan


    Julie Gunshenan moved to North Carolina in 1999. She taught eighth-grade English for two years and ninth-grade English for one year. Now, she teaches at Surry Community College. Julie has a Master’s in English Education from Millersville University and a Graduate Certificate in Communications from Walden University. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, quilting, and cooking. She has been at Sylvan since 2002.
  • Kiara Kelly, Tutor

    Kiara Kelly


    Kiara is a science teacher at Parkland High School here in Winston Salem. She possesses a love for working with kids. While Kiara has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching our younger generation about Biology and Chemistry. She studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wilmington. When Kiara isn't at Sylvan you'll find her enjoying the NC mountains or hanging out with her pup!