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Meet our Winter Haven Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Annette Miller, Executive Director/Owner

    Annette Miller

    Executive Director/Owner

    Annette has been a Sylvan Owner for over 20 years.  She has enjoyed operating centers that have guided students in several counties to reach their maximum academic potential.  Annette currently operates four Sylvan Learning Centers.  She plays an active role in each community to help educate parents about the wonderful opportunity Sylvan can bring to a child of any age.  Annette has been married for fourteen years to Doug and is a proud mother of two beautiful children.
  • Catherine Boggess, Center Director

    Catherine Boggess

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Catherine leads center operations for Sylvan of Winter Haven. A former teacher, Sylvan Director of Education, and Student Accounts Manager at a local university, Catherine chose a career in the tutoring business because she loves working with children and families and enjoys watching students unlock their full potential. She studied at Warner University, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Webber International University, where she earned her MBA in International Business. When Catherine isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her husband, family and friends.
  • Denise Turner, Instructor

    Denise Turner

    Instructor

    Denise Turner has been teaching mathematics for over 7 years. She graduated from Western Governors University with a Bachelor's in Secondary Mathematics. Mrs.Turner has taught in Southern Virginia, Northern and Central Florida. Her passion is finding more than one way to solve a problem. The exploration of problem solving is the key to being a good student (and not just in math). Having been an active duty Navy wife for 20 years, her immediate family is her priority and takes up most of her free time.
  • Wendi Wooddell, Instructor

    Wendi Wooddell

    Instructor

    Wendi Jordan Wooddell taught English and journalism at Winter Haven High School for over 30 years. Before retiring, she was named Polk County Teacher of the Year and Florida English Teacher of the Year. A graduate of Florida Southern College, she loves working with students of all ages, specializing in reading and writing. In her spare time, Wendi enjoys reading, swimming, traveling, and observing butterflies. 
  • Alexander Santiago, Instructor

    Alexander Santiago

    Instructor

    Alexander Santiago is a Algebra 1 teacher at Ridge Community High School in Davenport, FL with a gift for working with kids. While Alexander has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. He studied at Warner Southern University. When Alexander isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him going to Disney with his family, playing sports, or coaching baseball. 
  • Leslie Moots, Instructor

    Leslie Moots

    Instructor

    Leslie is a Reading Resource teacher in Winter Haven, FL. While Leslie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in helping students connect and master their reading skills. Leslie studied at Florida Southern College, where she earned a BS in Elementary Ed and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. When Leslie isn’t at Sylvan, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and learning.
  • Joy Smith-Wallace, Instructor

    Joy Smith-Wallace

    Instructor

    Joy Smith-Wallace is a teacher in Haines City, FL with a gift for encouraging students. While Joy has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring. She studied at Anderson University. When Joy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her scrapbooking and playing with her grandkids.  
  • Lisa Moore, Instructor

    Lisa Moore

    Instructor

    Lisa Moore is an 8th grade reading teacher in Winter Haven, FL with a gift for working with kids. While Lisa has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching reading and writing. Lisa studied at Florida Southern College where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Master's in Reading from the University of South Florida. Currently, Lisa is a student in the Doctoral in Educational Leadership program at Florida Southern College. When Lisa isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her doing these favorite activities: spending quality time with her family and friends, working out, or reading. 
  • Janet Lopez, Instructor

    Janet Lopez

    Instructor

    Janet is a retired K-5 teacher and Guidance Counselor who spent 32 years with Polk County Schools. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Southeastern University and a Master’s in Counseling from Webster University. While Janet has many tutoring talents, her passion is working with kids and encouraging them that they can succeed in school no matter the subject. When Janet is not at Sylvan she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
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