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


Christina Marziale

Executive Director/Owner

As Executive Director and Owner, Christina works closely with the Center Director to ensure all students get the best education possible. Christina studied Anthropology at the University of Georgia. She ultimately chose a career in education, because she wanted to help students reach their full potential. She later received a professional certificate in High School Social Studies.  Christina has over 22 years of experience with supplemental education.  When Christina isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying the outdoors with her family and cheering for the New Orleans Saints!

Lindsey Pike


Lindsey is a lead teacher in Lakewood Ranch, FL with a passion for education.  While Lindsey has many tutoring talents, she loves teaching early literacy and reading the most.  Lindsey completed her Bachelor’s of Education in Elementary Education at USF and completed her Master’s of Education in Reading and Literacy at Ashford University.  When Lindsey isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hanging out on the beach, reading, or horseback riding.


Jeanne Panka


Jeanne is a tutor in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, with a gift for working with kids. While Jeanne has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching math, science, and test prep.  Her favorite part of working at Sylvan is seeing her students growth and success.  Jeanne studied biology and secondary education at State University of New York.  When Jeanne isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her in a yoga class, volunteering at Mote Marine Laboratory, or gardening.


John Boronkay


Dr. John is a retired teacher, principal, K-12 Curriculum Director and Educational Service Agency Director who works with all ages of learners at the Lakewood Ranch center. He has 33 years of experience working with the K-12 school systems in New York.  In his retirement, John is now enjoying working with young people at Sylvan, and improving his skills as a rock and blues guitar player and front man in his local Sarasota band.

Karen Herschel


Karen is a tutor in Lakewood Ranch, FL with a gift for working with kids. While Karen has a lot of talents, she enjoys helping others succeed and watching her students grow. Karen studied Elementary Education at Florida Southern College. When Karen isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her husband, she is a newly wed. Karen enjoys spending time with her loved ones, going to church, and learning about different cultures.

Dean Klein


Dean is a tutor in Lakewood Ranch, FL. While Dean has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in mathematics and SAT/ACT tutoring. He studied mathematics education at York college, and is currently working on his masters in mathematics education at USF. When Dean isn’t at Sylvan, you will find him watching anime, listening to music, going to anime conventions, and going to theme parks.

Ms. Mary


Ms. Mary is a tutor in Lakewood Ranch, FL with a passion for working with middle school and high school students.  Ms. Mary graduated with a MS in Education and is a retired Social Studies Teacher.  Ms. Mary loves teaching college prep classes, honors and advanced placement courses.  When Ms. Mary isn’t at Sylvan, you will find her volunteering in the community and exploring the local shops and restaurants.

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