Great Teachers Inspire
Our tutors and staff in Olivette consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Olivette 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 Olivette!
Donna has been with Sylvan for 17 years. She has a BA in Elementary Education for grades K-8 and a minor in psychology and Spanish. Her masters degree is in curriculum and instruction. She has had 30 years of teaching experience with 10 years teaching in Texas and 20 years teaching in the Hazelwood School District. Donna has been a director at Sylvan for 5 years. The success she’s seen the students achieve over the years at Sylvan has been very rewarding and keeps her motivated. At home Donna enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and watching baseball, football and hockey games.
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Mary is a retired teacher and started with Sylvan as a tutor. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from Webster University and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the U.S. and abroad. Mary enjoys yoga, reading and walking her dogs.
Shera is a retired History teacher in St. Louis, with a gift for working with kids. While Shera has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring Early Literacy and Academic Reading to our Sylvan students. She received her B.A. in Education with a concentration in Social Studies from Maryville University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University, as well as a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. When Shera isn’t at Sylvan, her favorite activities are spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and playing with her two little dogs, Prince and Princess!
James has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lindenwood University. He is currently working on his master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. He has been tutoring math since his senior year of high school and loves helping others to learn. In high school he was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, competed in Scholar Quiz Bowl, and achieved a 99th percentile composite score on his ACT. At Lindenwood University, he graduated with a 4.0 GPA, was Vice President of the Math Club, and received the 2021 Leroy E. Evans Mathematics Student of the Year Award with a unanimous vote. He values and loves learning new things, which is why he works at Sylvan.
Before moving to St. Louis, Ashleah taught school in Northern California for almost a decade. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and a master’s in Education from University of Rochester. She loves helping young learners learn, make connections, and grow confident in their abilities.