Contact Information

Phone: (407) 295-3178
Fax: (407) 532-5494
Monday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Meet the Tutors

Our Sylvan trained and certified tutors are dedicated to your child’s success. Working together with you, we will:

  • Pinpoint your child’s learning needs using the Sylvan Skills Assessment®
  • Develop a personalized learning plan based on your child’s goals
  • Offer unique insights about what will work for your child
  • Teach each lesson the way your child learns best
  • Build a relationship with your child to provide learning that’s fun, engaging and rewarding
Put years of educational experience to work for your family. Contact our center to find out how we can help today!

Ranjit Wasu

Executive Director

Ranjit graduated from City university with a Computer Systems Engineering Degree. He later went on to pursue his MBA in Management Consultancy at The London Business School.

Having worked as the Head of IT for an internationally renowned financial institute in London, Ranjit chose to further pursue his dreams in business.

Ranjit had previously established an IT training company in the UK, which allowed individuals to further improve their IT skills as well as providing IT solutions to Small, medium businesses.

Ranjit is the Executive Director of the Sylvan Center in Ocoee and is excited to work with Sophia and Elaine to build a solid, transparent and accessible learning center to all the families of Ocoee.

Center Director, Ocoee tutoring

Sophia Wasu

Center Director

Sophia studied at The University of Tampa where she received her bachelors in Business and Finance.

She has worked for Regions Banks as an Assistant Manager for the branch for over 5 years. Sophia has also assisted local schools with establishing educational summer camps as well as helping younger students in their daily school schedule.

Sophia got married in 2010 and moved to the UK with her husband where they invested in a retail franchise business.

Having successfully establish and grow the business over several years, Sophia and Ranjit decided to move back to Florida and take ownership of the Sylvan Center in Ocoee.

Director of Education and Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Elaine Malamut

Director of Education and Teacher

As Director of Education with Sylvan Ocoee, Elaine is responsible for your child's total Sylvan educational experience. From the initial assessment through the completion of your child's program, Elaine works with parents, students & staff, closely monitoring every aspect of your Sylvan experience to ensure the highest level of success.
Elaine graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood and continued her education at Auburn earning a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008. She has 5 years of classroom experience in private education as well as 8 years of private tutoring experience. She loves working with children and has a passion for making a difference in someone's life.
Elaine recently got married in November of 2013 and currently resides in Winter Garden with her husband and dog, Bella.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Aaron Morrison


I was born and raised in Florida and have been teaching mathematics since 2006. I studied at FSU and UCF. I have always tried to use my
interest in music, film, sports, and literature to combine mathematical
concepts and make them easier to understand.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Amy Noffsinger


I moved to FL from WI about 2 years ago. Prior to moving I graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor's in English and a focus in education. Since moving here, I've worked with the Boys and Girls Club teaching gymnastics and also with Sylvan in their SES program with OCPS. I am currently attending Valencia College to gain my FL license to teach middle and high school English/Language arts. I love seeing the light bulb go on in students' heads when they figure something out they've been struggling with. Its very rewarding and I'd love to help your student achieve that feeling.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Bonnie Sears


Bonnie was born in Utah and has lived in VA most of her life.She is a Mother of 2 sons, Christopher and Matthew, 1 daughter, Lauren and 2 grandchildren, Zane and Cariss.She graduated from Brigham Young University. She volunteers at the Orlando Mormon Temple every Friday and has a dog called Bear and a cat called Belle.Bonnie enjoys reading and practicing calligraphy.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Dana Thurmond


Miss Dana Thurmond earned her BA in English from Rollins College in 2009, and finished her Masters in Liberal Studies degree last summer. She has extensive experience with children and young adults, teaching piano lessons for almost seven years and tutoring various subjects, especially composition. She is currently a professor of humanities at Valencia College and a kindergarten teacher at Smith Prep in Longwood, Florida.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Julie Auble


Julie Auble joined Sylvan Ocoee in March of 2012 after moving to Winter Garden with her husband Alan. They have two grown sons and family spread across the US.

Prior to arriving in the Orlando area, Julie coordinated a high school tutoring center at Hilton High School near Rochester, NY. She specialized in math and science and also tutored language arts, social studies and SAT prep “After retiring too early, I found I missed working with students especially in a small group setting. Every student, whether they are working to get ahead or working to catch up, deserves to be valued and respected. Sylvan offers me the flexibility to work part time while still keeping me close to the students I love.”

Originally from a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA and a graduate of Grove City College, Julie lived 24 years in western PA, and then spent the next 30 years in Rochester, NY. New jobs and new experiences as well as a love of Disney brought them to the area in 2010 where they expect to spend the next phase of their lives.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Kathleen Bender


Kathleen has taught at Sylvan in Ocoee (Educate Corporate Center Holdings, Inc.) since June, 2002. Her background in education is the following:
1. B.S. in elementary education – Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C., 1962.
2. First Grade at Blythe Elementary in Greenville, S.C., 1962-1963…S.C. certified.
3. Substitute teacher at Thornapple Kellogg Elementary in Middleville, MI,
4. 1963-1978 – teaching children, youth, and ladies while involved in a
church-planting ministry in Eyemouth, Scotland.
5. 1979-1985 - Dade Christian School in Hialeah, FL: First Grade (5 years);
High School Home Economics/Bachelor Arts (1 year).
6. 1985-2000 – Decatur, AL: Fifth and Sixth Grade at Grace Baptist School/
Cornerstone Christian School…AL certified.
7. 2000-2008 – Calvary Christian School, Winter Garden, FL: Fourth Grade
(7 years); First Grade (1 year)…FL certified.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Laura Heintzelman


Laura Heintzelman has an AA Degree from Valencia pre-majoring in Education. She has worked for Orange County Public Schools as a para-educator since August of 1995 and currently works as a one-on-one para-educator at West Orange High School. Laura started working at Sylvan Ocoee in June of 2010. She enjoys watching the students light up when they grasp new concepts.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Lauren Casebolt


Originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Lauren now lives in downtown Orlando after graduating from the University of Central Florida last spring. Lauren's specialty is mathematics, with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. She is a Florida Certified Teacher and has experience teaching in a classroom as well as tutoring. Lauren finds great reward from helping students achieve academic greatness and plans to continue tutoring throughout her career.

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Lisa Randolph


Position: Certified school teacher for Orange Public County Schools from 2003.
Grade: Taught 3rd Grade for 4 years, 4th Grade for 4 years and 2nd Grade for 1 year.
Lisa has been with Sylvan Learning Center since April 2003. Lisa left Lockheed Martin due to maternity leave and then decided to go into Education because she wanted to fully invest in the lives of her children. Lisa has three boys Christian age 15, Colin age 14 and Camare age 9 whom she shares with her husband of 15 years, David. Lisa says "teaching has been very interesting, fulfilling and has taught me a lot about life".

Teacher, Ocoee tutoring

Pamela Powell


I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's
degree in Psychology.
Believing that all children have an amazing spirit and ability to
learn, I decided to become a teacher. So I began substitute teaching for Orange County Public Schools, and attended the teacher certification program at the University of West Florida. I taught third grade for three years at a charter school. Currently, I am teaching third through eighth
grade, and am really enjoying the challenge and variety of teaching multi-grades.