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


Murray McKinsey


Murray McKinsey enjoys helping students acquire insight into their work. He has been a tutor at Sylvan for 5 years. A life-long learner, Murray earned his Bachelors Degree from University of Missouri, and his Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. At Sylvan, Murray teaches math, ACT/SAT prep, STEM classes, homework support, and Math Edge. Murray especially appreciates it when students, who were struggling, gain mastery and confidence.. Murray has lived in Lakewood for 17 years with his wife and 5 children.


Susan Swenfurth


Susan Swenfurth truly enjoys the connections she builds with her students. Susan received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton. She began working as an elementary school teacher right after college. She teaches at the pre-school and elementary school levels. Susan has worked with Sylvan for over 9 years. At Sylvan of Westlake she tutors Reading and Math. In her spare time she enjoys tennis and cooking.

Anne Ryland

Center Director

As Center Director, Anne leads operations, sales, and communications for Sylvan of Strongsville. A former social worker, Anne chose a career in the tutoring business because she would like to continue to help children and families find success. She studied at The University of Akron. When Anne isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her creating art and crafts. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Osvaldo Rivera


Osvaldo is a retired NASA mechanical engineer in Northeast Ohio with a gift for working with kids. While Osvaldo has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. He studied at the University of Toledo. When Osvaldo isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him giving back to his community by helping others.

Helen Hiteman

Director of Education

Helen oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Strongsville . A former Intervention Specialist, Helen brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Strongsville. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace . When Helen isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her taking in local festivals planning her next ziplining adventure.

Daria Kochis

Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Daria supports our directors in a variety of ways that ensure the center runs smoothly. She handles everything from meeting with new families and delivering progress assessments to supporting teachers during instruction. A graduate of Ashland University with a degree in Mathematics, Daria also teaches our mathematics and college prep programs. 

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