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

Caitlin Gibbs

Center Director

Center Director
Caitlin leads our center at Sylvan of Summerville. She started her Sylvan career in 2019 at the Mt. Pleasant center where she assisted the directors and taught.  A former classroom teacher,  Caitlin brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Summerville. She graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She has been at Sylvan of Summerville since 2020!

Antoinette Johnson


Director of Education

Antoinette oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Summerville, SC.  Before becoming Director of Education, she was a Sylvan tutor and worked with Reading students from Pre-K- 5th grade.  She graduated from St. Mary’s University.  She has been working at Sylvan since 2022!

Kristy Allan


Director of Education

Kristy oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Summerville, SC.  Kristy has years of knowledge from the classroom and she  worked at Sylvan  as a tutor and director in the early 2000’s.  She graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Special Education.  She has been working at Sylvan since 2023!


Kristina Bell

Math, Reading, Writing, Study Skills, College Prep

Certified Teacher– Kristina completed her M.S. in Mathematics Education from Walden University and her B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland. She has an Advanced Professional Certificate in Secondary Mathematics 7th-12th grade.  She taught elementary and middle school Math including Algebra and Geometry for 13 years.  Here at Sylvan, she teaches all ages in Math and Reading. Kristina has been a part of the Sylvan family since 2017!


Tamika Moore

Reading, Writing, Math

Certified Teacher– Tami received her M.A. in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Maryland.  She has Read to Succeed Literacy Teacher Endorsement, as well as a Special Education Licensed Certified Educator K-12.  Tami has experience working with students Pre K-6th with Reading and Math. Tami currently works as a Reading and Math intervention teacher. Tami has been working with Sylvan since 2018!

Vickie Groves

Reading. Math and Writing

Certified Teacher: Vickie received MAT in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston and a BS in Operations Management and Information Systems from Northern Illinois University.  She has taught 3rd grade in the past.  Here at Sylvan, she works with Pre-K- 7th graders. Vickie has been a Sylvan tutor since 2018!


Mark Watson

Reading, Writing, College Prep

Certified Teacher– Mark received his MEd in Literacy Education from The Citadel Graduate College in Charleston, SC, and his BA in English Education at Charleston Southern University. Mark currently teaches ELA for Berkley County. Mark specializes in Reading and Writing but is able to teach students of any age, across various subjects. Mark also tutors college prep students studying for the SAT and ACT. Mark has been a part of the Sylvan family since 2020!


Dakaisha White

Reading, Writing and Math

Certified teacher: Dakaisha received her M.Ed in Languages with a focus on ESOL instruction and a BS in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston. She has taught 3rd and 4th grade and is currently teaching 6th  grade.  Here at Sylvan, Dakaisha works with students Pre K- high school in Reading and Math. Dakaisha has been a part of the Sylvan family since 2020!


Joequise Wright

Math, High School Sciences

Certified Teacher: Joe received an MS in Biological Science and a BS in Biology and Secondary Education from the College of Charleston.  He is also Biology Education Certified and General Science Certified.  Joe taught  high school Science in Berkeley County.  Now he is a Science college professor. Here at Sylvan, Joe teaches students in Math and Science at all grade levels. Joe has been a part of the Sylvan family since 2020!

Dorine O'Connor

Reading, Writing, College Prep

Certified Teacher: Dorine attended Shortwood Teachers College, Jamaica: secondary education in English teaching; University of the West Indies: English & Linguistics;  and Mt. Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada: Adult Education. She has taught for over 20 years grades 7th-12th.  Dorine is Read 2 Succeed endorsed, and teaching of Gifted and Talent. Here at Sylvan, Dorine works with Reading and writing students from 1st grade- 12th grade. Dorine joined the Sylvan family in 2021!


Leonard Davis

Math, Chemistry, Reading and Prep

Certified Teacher: Leonard received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UCLA and a BS in Chemistry from MIT. He tutors/ teaches Chemistry at The Citadel as well.  Here at Sylvan, Leonard works with students in Reading, Math, and Science as well as Math Prep. Leonard joined the Sylvan family in 2021!

Jocelin Thomas

Reading/ Math

Certified Teacher: Jocelin received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and has a Masters of Business Administration.  She has taught elementary school for the past 3 years and is currently teaching 5th grade.  Here at Sylvan, Jocelin works with students Pre-K- 7th grade in Reading and works with elementary Math students when needed. Jocelin has been working at Sylvan since 2022!

Mark Taylor

Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Prep, Study Skills

Certified Teacher: Mark Taylor has a PhD in Educational Leadership, Master of Arts in Biology, Master of Education in Reading and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  He is certified to work with students in grades K-12 in ESOL, Science, and Reading.  Mark has over 20 years of experience in the classroom and comes to Sylvan with a wealth of knowledge. He is currently working as an ESOL teacher at a high school in the area.  Here at Sylvan, he works with students in kindergarten- 12th grade in Reading, Math, Writing, homework support, study skills, and prep.  Mark has been apart of the Sylvan family since 2023!

Jonashia Varns


Teacher: Jonashia received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lander University.  She has been working with 3 and 4 year old’s in a preschool for over 4 years.  Here at Sylvan, she works with students in Pre-K- 2nd grade in Reading.  Jonashia has been a part of the Sylvan family since 2022!

Kia Sipp


Teacher: Kia has a BA in English Literature from Green Mountain College.  She currently works in Pre-K preschool at a church.  She has worked with DD2 with the Educational Enrichment Curriculum: Read 180, Ticket to Read and Clever Educational Services.  Here at Sylvan, Kia works with Reading students in 1st- 5th grade.  She has been working at Sylvan since 2023!

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