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


Koressa Arneson

Center Director of Education and Enrollment

Koressa Arneson serves as the Center Director for the Sylvan of Anderson.  She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She began as a teacher for Sylvan; teaching multiple programs.  She now coordinates the goals of each family of Sylvan to meet the educational needs of each student. When Koressa isn’t at Sylvan, you can catch her spending time with her family, reading a good book, and going to car shows.  She loves music, the beach, and adorable handbags.


Isa Herold


Isa is a retired music teacher who also has a master’s degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities. She has a particular interest in neurology as it applies to child development and the learning process. Her studies in this area led her to understand how vital music and movement are to healthy brain development in young children. As a result, she spent several years as a learning specialist, creating and teaching professional development courses to share what she had learned with other teachers. She is thrilled to be at Sylvan teaching kids again!


Jeremy Stewart

Lead Teacher

Jeremy started at Sylvan of Anderson in November of 2019.  He is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Jeremy is currently a 2nd grade Virtual Learning Academy teacher at Mt. Lebanon Elementary School where he has been teaching for eight years.  He is also a licensed barber and cuts hair as a hobby on weekends.  He is a die hard Panther’s fan and loves to spend time with friends and family when he is not teaching.


Sandra Powell

Administrative Assistant and Tutor

Sandra was born in California and moved to South Carolina in 1998.  She began her career working in hospital administration, but moved on to a career in education after she had children.  She became passionate about teaching and obtained her teaching credentials.  She went on to teach elementary education, specifically 2nd-5th grade.  She missed teaching, so she returned to tutoring students at Sylvan Learning where she could continue her passion for teaching children.


Stephen Brattin


Stephen has been with the Sylvan team since March of 2023. He has 10+ years of experience in teaching and youth work. Currently, Stephen works as the 6th grade teacher at Oakwood Christian School in Anderson. Stephen has a wife, Danielle, and 2 wonderful boys, Wally and RayRay. He grew up in Kentucky, so he loves his Wildcats! On a day off, you may find Stephen relaxing with his family, working on the piano or tending to his garden. Stephen loves to see his students succeed! He loves the quote from the great Vince Lombardi that “we will strive for perfection, knowing we will never attain it, but in so doing, we will achieve excellence”! This is his goal with each student, to challenge them to reach beyond what they thought possible and achieve excellence!


McKenzie Wilson


McKenzie Wilson is originally from Aiken, South Carolina. She attended Anderson University and graduated in 2022 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After graduating, she began my teaching career in Anderson 5 at Calhoun Academy of the Arts. She taught 5th grade for one year before transitioning to 3rd grade. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and eating Mexican food with her friends. She began working at Sylvan in 2023 and has really enjoyed extending her teaching to small groups of a wide variety of ages.


Nicholas Burton


Nicholas is a graduate of Anderson University and has been with Sylvan since 2023.Nicholas is eager to assist every Sylvan Student to achieve their goals. He believes that education is a vital piece to ensuring a better tomorrow. His favorite hobbies are playing the bassoon, golfing, and reading. He loves spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach, playing the bassoon and devouring cheesecake! He looks forward to meeting more talented minds and hard workers!


Melissa Deloach

SAT/ACT - College Prep LIVE, Online Director/Professor

Melissa Deloach joined the Sylvan team in May 2019. By day she’s the Director of the Scholar’s Academy for Spartanburg County, but in the evenings and on Sundays, she manages our college prep program, including SAT/ACT prep and College Reading Strategies. Melissa holds degrees from Clemson University and Converse College. When she isn’t helping teens prepare for college either here or at the Scholar’s Academy, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.


Tracy Levi

SAT/ACT - College Prep LIVE, Online Instructor

Tracy Levi holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree In civil engineering. For eleven years she served as a civil engineer in Florida, working primarily with stormwater management and water quality programs. Since moving to Asheville, she has enjoyed teaching Hebrew and Judaics to religious school students and teaching reading and math at Sylvan. She also teaches SAT/ACT math through our LIVE, online classes. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys the company of her two daughters and outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. She also has a passion for music and plays the keyboard in a local band.


Dr. Jeff French

SAT/ACT - College Prep LIVE, Online Professor

Dr. Jeff, as his Sylvan students call him, graduated from Furman University in 1995. He then held a variety of college-level roles as a graduate student, program coordinator, and instructor for the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College while also serving as a zookeeper at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia. With a focus on genetics and ecology, Dr. French finished his graduate work in biology and currently serves as Chair of Biology and Assistant Dean of Science and Math at North Greenville University. In his “free time”, he enjoys preparing students for the SAT and ACT as a LIVE, online instructor for Sylvan.


Nicole Greene


Nicole started at Sylvan in April of 2024.  She graduated from Lander University in 2015 and started teaching 4th grade in Greenwood, SC.  She has always had a passion for teaching and working with children.  She has 3 children of her own: Andy (8), Anna Kate (6), and Millie (3).  They are the light of her life!  Before beginning with Sylvan, she was a stay-at-home mom for several years.  When she is not working, she enjoys swimming and spending time with family.


Amelia Eggert

Easley Instructor

Amelia Eggert is from Asheville, North Carolina, but relocated to Easley during high school. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in May of 2023 with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and she has been a part of Sylvan since! When she is not at Sylvan, you can find her teaching 6th grade ELA at Gettys Middle School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, and cheering on the Gamecocks!


Thalia Luke

Easley Instructor

Retirement has been great but continuing the career in guiding children in their educational path makes it even better. Joining the Sylvan Team in 2023 has allowed Thalia to continue engaging with students on a personal individual basis.  She taught elementary and preK children for 22 years.  Students of all grade levels and achievement came into her care. She is still able to interact with children and guide them through their learning needs.  She also attends to the needs and demands of 2 rescue cats at home. They keep her on her toes everyday!

Alex Currin

Easley Director of Family Engagement

Alex joined Sylvan in April 2024. He is a retired librarian who worked at Pickens and Anderson county libraries. For the last 11 of his 26 years of service, he was the branch manager at the Powdersville Library. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, where he got to see Herschel Walker run. He then worked as a reporter for four newspapers in North Carolina and New York state. He earned his Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife live in Easley.


Tyson Owens


Originally from Williamston, SC and former Palmetto Mustang, Tyson graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education. As a dedicated member of the Call Me Mister program, he crafted his skills in teaching and mentorship. Tyson is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, where he actively contributes to youth mentorship and development initiatives. Tyson brings a passion for nurturing young minds and fostering positive growth in the community.

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