Great Teachers Inspire
Our tutors and staff in Greenville consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Greenville 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 Greenville!
Executive Director / Franchisee
Executive Director and Franchisee of 7 locations, Amy Gardner currently leads the wonderful educational team for Sylvan of Greenville. After 20+ years in the telecom industry, Amy moved back from Alaska to purchase 3 existing Sylvan Learning locations. 4 locations have since been added to the Gardner Learning Centers franchise locations, each making a difference in the lives of so many families. Amy graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in music. It’s a family business you will often see her children (Daniel, Callie & Caleb) in the center(s) helping out in some way or another.
Director of Education
Bev Harcum served as the Center Director and Director of Education in Richmond, VA for 15 years. An unexpected move to Greenville brought her to our location where she now serves as an Education Consultant and Director of Education. Bev spends much of her day at Sylvan consulting by phone with families throughout the Upstate regarding their tutoring needs. She welcomes questions and concerns from parents regarding their student’s academic needs and achievement.
Tanisha Jenkins Smith
Director of Education
As Director of Education, Tanisha works in conjunction with the Center Director to manage growth opportunities and execute off-site instruction and seminars for Sylvan of Greenville. A former teacher, Tanisha chose a career in the tutoring business because she wanted to be a part of helping students build skills needed to succeed in school. She studied at Valdosta State University. When Tanisha is not at Sylvan, you will find her reading or spending time with her family.
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.
Director of Education
Judy is currently serving as the Director of Education. She brings her knowledge of teaching math for over twenty years. As she waited for her new home to be built in Simpsonville, she started working with Sylvan as a tutor in Anderson. In her spare time, she loves baking, cleaning and spending time with her family and grandkids.
Karen Weinberg holds South Carolina certifications in Early, Elementary, and Special Education. A graduate of Washington State University, Karen taught in Maine for several years before relocating with her family to South Carolina. Karen enjoys the beach and watching her sons play soccer.
Bonnie Walker is a retired teacher from Ohio, with a gift for working with kids. She planned programs for the Old Stone Schoolhouse Museum in Concord, Ohio while working at Riverside Local Schools. While Bonnie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching is reading and writing. She has a BA in Communications from Lake Erie College and a post-baccalaureate from Notre Dame of Ohio in Education. When she isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her canning fresh vegetables and making jams from her husband’s garden.
Sara Beth Gilbert
Sara Beth Gilbert is a teacher in Greenville, SC with a gift for working with kids. While Sara Beth has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Lander University and a Master of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Converse College. When Sara Beth isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her teaching first grade at Bethel Elementary School. She enjoys craft projects, reading, going to the beach, and watching baseball and football.
Betsy is a tutor at our Greenville location, and has long enjoyed working with Sylvan to help children strengthen skills in reading and math! She graduated with an Early Childhood Education degree, has a Bachelor of Science from Temple University, and when she isn’t working, Betsy enjoys fitness, animals, and reading!
Jim served 32 years in the Air Force, including the Air National Guard. Jim’s teaching career started in Honduras, a remote mountainous village. While there, numerous Honduran Army personnel approached him to teach them English to better communicate with the US Military. He continued teaching wherever deployed! After Jim retired, he obtained his M.ED. from Concordia University and a BS degree in Geological Sciences from Bradly University. In his spare time, Jim enjoys the outdoors, his two dogs, Schnitzel & Piglet, and an African Grey parrot, Harpo.
Dianne is a veteran Elementary teacher of 34 years. She recently moved to Greenville, and we are so glad to welcome her here to help our growing readers and math students! Dianne enjoys making and selling jewelry at craft fairs, shopping, and spending time with family.
Amber graduated from Clemson with a Masters of Arts in teaching. She has enjoyed positions doing this in Anderson and Mauldin middle schools, and continues that passion with helping students here at Sylvan! When she is at home, Amber loves on her 18 month old daughter, Ava, and continues hobbies such as cooking and gardening.
Kat’s background is in Early Childhood Education. She got a Bachelor of Science at Mount Saint Mary College in NY, with psychology and a teacher education program specializing in Learning Disabilities. She has helped with early intervention, tutoring, and was on the Greenville County’s Special Needs Board as well. Kat is a fun and enthusiastic tutor who truly loves helping kids overcome. When not at Sylvan, her hobbies include traveling, shopping, and watching Netflix Christmas movies. Most of all, she adores being mom to her two kids (ages 16 and 25), and their dog, Axel!
John graduated from SIX colleges (3 with Master degrees): Notre Dame, La Verne, Excelsior, National, Criswell and California Baptist University. Formerly, John was a high school teacher and coach. He has worked for the past 3 years as a tutor at another Sylvan, in California, and helps students of all ages improve in reading and math. For fun, John enjoys reading, writing and good conversation!
Jack is an IMPRESSIVE instructor in our Greenville center. He is also working towards a degree in Secondary Education, in History. His GRAND tutoring experience includes math, science, STEM, and Robotics. He loves inspiring young minds. Interesting facts about Jack include his ability to speak German and Spanish. In his spare time, he plays the trumpet, mellophone, and baritone horn. Jack also enjoys board games and hiking!
Carly Bruner is from Simpsonville and a graduate of JL Mann High School. She went to Anderson University and graduated in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with an add-on certification in Early Childhood Education. She has taught for 6 years. She has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade ELA and Social Studies. Carly loves teaching and helping students learn. She loves Taylor Swift, Disney, history, coffee, and Chick-fil-A! She is so excited to work with students at Sylvan!
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.
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.
Cecilia has a BA in English and history from the University of Alabama and an MA in history from the College of Charleston. She is very passionate about her cats, Helios and Illum, and Alabama football. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting plushies, reading scary books, watching scary movies, swimming, gluten free baking experiments, and traveling to visit friends in places as far away as Scotland.
Reagan Tucker attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking and minors in art history and French. She recently relocated to South Carolina from Colorado. When not at Sylvan, Reagan is in her studio creating artwork and spending time with her two Doberman pinschers.
Arnitha received her undergraduate and graduate degree from South Carolina State University. In Orangeburg, South Carolina, Arnitha worked as a special education teacher for 10 years. She moved to Greenville in April of 2021. She served as a school Psychologist for 25 years, retired in December 2021. She has one son, Charles, a daughter-in-law, Sharon, and three grandchildren. Arnitha enjoys traveling, reading a good book, and shopping. She has enjoyed working at Sylvan Learning, she enjoys seeing the joy on the students’ face when they master a skill.