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

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MICHELLE TURCHETTA

Center Director of Admissions

As Director of Admissions, Michelle welcomes you to Sylvan of Columbia and leads our staff in providing excellent service for you. She holds two degrees in education: a bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In her free time, Michelle and her family enjoy adventures, exploring new places, boating, and jet skiing.

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Jessica Mulkins

Director of Education

Jessica joined the Sylvan team in July 2018, first as a tutor, later moving to Asst. Director of Education and then to Director of Education in March 2021. She holds a BA in special education from Columbia College. Jessica enjoys overseeing the educational integrity of our programs, as well as managing and training our team of tutors in NE Columbia. When Jessica isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Creiana Bailey

Instructor

Creiana is a first-grade teacher at Lake Carolina Elementary School, in NE Columbia, SC. Creina has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring and joined Sylvan of NE Columbia in June 2019. She studied at Winthrop University and received a degree in Early Childhood Education. When Creiana isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find Creiana shopping, reading, or spending time with her family!

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Debbie Mullen

Lead Teacher

Debbie joined the Sylvan team in June 2015 and  finds the greatest joy in tutoring reading. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Clemson University.  When Debbie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her shopping with friends, watching movies or attending a musical performance.  She is also an avid reader!

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Amanda

Tutor

Amanda is an amazing tutor in NE Columbia, SC with a gift for working with kids. She has been with Sylvan since March of 2021. While Amanda has many tutoring talents, She finds the greatest joy in math and science tutoring. She studies Biological Sciences, with a minor in Psychology at the University of South Carolina. When Amanda isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading and spending her time with friends and family.

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Willie Simuel

Tutor

Willie is a tutor in North East Columbia, SC with a gift for analyzing and simplifying literature. She finds great joy in sharing her love of reading with others, especially young people. She studied at the University of South Carolina and recently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Writing Concentration. She also previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. She joined the Sylvan team in March 2022. When Willie is not at Sylvan, she can be found spending time with family and friends; enjoying the outdoors; various arts and crafts; reading a good book, and writing.

Courtney Marra

Tutor

Courtney is a tutor at Sylvan of NE Columbia, SC  who loves working with our little learning-to-read students! She joined our team in October 2021. Courtney studied at Midlands Technical College receiving an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well certificates in Child Care and Early Care and Education. When Courtney isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing her guitar, reading, or spending time with her friends.

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Dominic Rovelli

Tutor

Dominic is a tutor in NE Columbia with a gift for mathematics. While Dominic has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math tutoring and joined NE Columbia in October 2021. He studied at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, receiving a major in mathematics with a minor in physics. When Dominic isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him researching topics and playing games.

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Melissa Deloach

Tutor

Director

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.

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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 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.

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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 storm water management and water quality programs. Since moving to Asheville, she has enjoyed teaching Hebrew and Judaica 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 keyboard in a local band.

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