|Monday:||9:00 AM - 8:30 PM|
|Tuesday:||9:00 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Wednesday:||9:00 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Thursday:||9:00 AM - 7:30 PM|
|Friday:||9:00 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Saturday:||9:00 AM - 1:30 PM|
Our Sylvan trained and certified tutors are dedicated to your child’s success. Working together with you, we will:
Lynn Hoagland has been the franchise owner for the Troy and Utica, Michigan, Sylvan Learning Centers since 1985. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree with a major emphasis in reading from Oakland University. Lynn has over 15 years of classroom teaching experience in the Pontiac and Rochester school systems. She has three daughters, two sons-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. When Lynn isn't working, she's travelling between Michigan, Colorado and California to visit her family.
Little known fact: The true king of her household is Lynn's Bishon, "Duncan."
Kim joined Sylvan in December of 2002 as Center Director of another center and came to Troy in December, 2006. Kim holds a Degree in Communication from Central Michigan Univ., did her graduate work in counseling and is a certified Student Assistance Counselor. She and her husband, Tom, like to spend time with their sons Alec and Jake. They also enjoy reading, golfing, home improvement projects and spending time with their extended families. Kim thinks she has the BEST job in the world because "We change lives!"
Little known fact: There are only four degrees of separation between Kim and Kevin Bacon!
Jessica joined Sylvan in July of 2004 after earning her BA in Education from Michigan State University. She worked at the Grosse Pointe Farms and St. Clair Shores Sylvan locations before coming to Troy in March of 2007. Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and their NEW baby boy,Caden James, born in October of 2013. Jessica says she LOVES teaching at Sylvan as well as meeting with parents, managing programs and meeting with teachers and school personnel. Little known fact: Jessica loves math and even won a Math Pentathlon in the 2nd grade!
Katie is the newest member of our Troy Sylvan management team, joining us in April of 2013. She graduated from Oakland University in Auburn Hills with a BS in elementary education and a math endorsement. Katie grew up in the Rochester area and currently lives in Sterling Heights with her dogs, Maddie and Rain. Katie enjoys working out and spending time with friends, family and her doggies. Little known fact: Katie has completed a full round of P90X!
Jeff is our resident "math guru" and says his favorite part about working at Sylvan is interacting with his students and showing them that math doesn’t have to be “lame.” He also loves those “light bulb looks” when it all finally makes sense. Laughter is the key to Jeff’s successful teaching style and it helps with his management position as well!
When Jeff isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Darcy, and their baby Zach, being outdoors, playing board games or bowling and other activities.
Little known fact: Jeff has been on staff here at Sylvan longer than anyone with the exception of our franchise owner!
Mackenzie is a welcome addition to our Troy Sylvan Learning Center, joining us in early 2013. She was born and raised and is still living in Royal Oak where she divides her time between being a student, babysitting AND working at Sylvan! Mackenzie attends Wayne State University where she is majoring in Special Education with a minor in math. She hopes to one day become a teacher and hopes to be able to tutor here at Sylvan as well! Mackenzie spends her spare time with her very large family and enjoys dancing, teaching polish dance and volunteering. Little known fact: Mackenzie was crowned 2010 Polish Women's Alliance Zamek Queen!
Matthew lived in Chicago Heights, IL before going off to college where he graduated with a BA in education and mathematics from Concordia University in Wisconsin. He later earned his MS through Capella University and has been living in MI since 2003. He joined our Sylvan tutoring family in 2010 and tutors our reading, math and study skills students as well as our ACT Prep candidate. When not working at Sylvan or teaching at a nearby school, Matthew says he can be found running, working out or reading books by C.S. Lewis and R.A. Salvatore. He doesn’t have any pets, but says he could see himself becoming a dog owner some day. Matthew says he loves being part of an organization that genuinely puts students first and says that “seeing a young learner reach potentional and start believing in himself reminds me why I get up in the morning!” Little known fact: Matthew admits that, while he loves reading, computer games tend to take up more of his time!
Caitlin is one of the most versatile staff members here in Troy, in charge of keeping the instructional floor running smoothly and getting the instructors and our children the materials they need during every hour! When she's not working here, Caitlin is a substitute teacher at The Roeper School in Birmingham as well as a guest teacher in the Utica and Rochester school districts. She lists reading, sewing, biking, yoga and cooking as her favorite hobbies. Little known fact: Caitlin has experience writing plays and short stories and she is currently editing her first novel!
Mary Jane tutored at three other Sylvan Learning Centers before landing in Troy in 2007. She describes herself as a “Detroiter through and through.” She holds many licenses and certifications along with her BA from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL and a Masters in Education from Wayne State University. Mary Jane teachers our beginning readers as well as our older students and especially loves teaching our Academic Reading and Writing programs! Mary Jane is a Licensed Professional Counselor and, when not working here, works at the Schultz Funeral Home conducting support groups and individual counseling sessions in bereavement. She loves the diversity of the students here and the challenge of meeting their individual needs. Little known fact: Mary Jane has kissed the Blarney Stone!
Colleen grew up in Bloomfield Township and attended high school in Royal Oak, going on to Michigan State University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and earning her teaching credentials from the University of Michigan, Flint. She came to teach at our Troy Sylvan location in 2008. Besides tutoring students here at Sylvan in reading, math and study skills, Colleen works part-time at Pine Trace Golf Club (where she’s worked for over 18 years!) and substitute teaches for the Troy School District. Colleen says she loves working at Sylvan because everyone is friendly and it is a very positive environment in which to work! Little known fact: Colleen and her family vacation every summer at White Birch Lodge.
Dena has been a tutor here at our Troy Sylvan Learning Center since November of 2005 and teaches most of our subjects including Reading, Study Skills, Math Essentials and Algebra. She attended Baker College for math and education and earned her B.S. at Oakland University and her Masters in Library Science from Wayne State. Little known fact: The house next door to Dena’s is Madonna’s childhood home and there are often passers-by that stop and take pictures!
Wade grew up in California and has lived many places, mostly in the western U.S. Wade received his BS in Teacher Education from George Fox University in Oregon and is currently working on his Master’s at Wayne State University. Wade has been a tutor here in our Troy Sylvan Learning Center since May of 2008 and teaches primarily our older students who need help with Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry and Study Skills. He says he likes working at Sylvan because of the individualized programs and small class size. Little known fact: Wade met his wife while teaching at the University in Korea and he has also lived and taught in Thailand!
Jamie grew up in the Troy area and has also lived in Canada (near Toronto). She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated with a B.A. in Education with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. She joined the Troy Sylvan team as one of our strongest tutors in October, 2007. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with friends and family and especially loves reading, writing poetry, listening to music and “anything that involves self-reflection.” When asked what she likes about teaching here at our Troy Sylvan, Jamie says “I most enjoy seeing students improve leaps and bounds” and “seeing kids become more responsible, more engaged and successful!” She especially enjoys teaching our Reading, Writing and Study Skills students! Jamie has also been very successful in helping our students prepare for their ACT exams. Little known fact: Jamie loves classic rock and 80’s “hair bands!”
Amy hails from Sterling Heights but didn’t stay put for long! She attended Liberty University in Virginia, earning her undergrad degree and then moved to Thailand and attended Philadelphia Biblical University, earning a Masters Degree in International Education with an emphasis in Language Arts. Amy met her husband in Korea, married him in 1999 and they returned to the United States in June, 2007. She joined us here in Troy in October of that same year and has been an outstanding tutor and part of our management team before taking a full time teaching job at a nearby charter school. Amy says she LOVES teaching at Sylvan and it thrills her to teach the Beginning Readers and help them to gain confidence in their reading skills. Amy also teaches our other programs like Academic Reading and Writing as well. Little known fact: Ms. Amy speaks “a little” Korean and “a little bit more” Thai.
Kristin started here in Troy during January of 2011 and came to us with a BS in Secondary Education Communication and Language Arts from Wayne State University. She grew up in the Downriver area and moved to Troy and then to Royal Oak where she now resides. Kristin lives in a home she describes as “The Money Pit,” with her husband and son – but adds that “the family loves it.” Kristin works well tutoring our smaller children in the Beginning Reading program and can also teach Academic Reading and Math Essentials. Little known fact: Kristin’s household is actually run by the “king” of the house – an adopted kitty named “Merlin.”
Aaron has been with the Troy Sylvan since June of 2010 after moving back here from Boston, Massachusetts, where he lived for about 3 years. A former resident of Rochester and Clarkston, Aaron attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant where he earned a BS in Education and then moved on to Oakland University for his Masters Degree in School Administration – Curriculum/Leadership. Aaron also earned a JD in litigation focusing on labor law but decided to continue teaching as well! He is an incredible tutor who can handle any challenge including teaching Study Skills and ACT Prep as well as our Advanced Reading program! Little known fact: Aaron is a former second-grade student of our Executive Director, Lynn Hoagland, “back in the day.” Small world, isn’t it!?
Nancy grew up in Livonia. She attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant where she earned her BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Nancy came to our Sylvan of Troy in February of 2011 and we're so glad she did! She is one of our strongest math tutors and works with our Algebra, Algebra 2 and Geometry students as well as helping our high school students with math concepts even beyond those! She also teaches Reading! Her parents have a cottage in South Haven but Nancy resides in Royal Oak with her fiancee. She also has one sister who is a metallurgist for Bell Helicopter in Texas and her parents are retired. Asked what she likes to do in her spare time, Nancy replies that she enjoys all kinds of art, baking and gardening. Nancy enjoys teaching at Sylvan because she likes to prove that ALL students are capable of success with math! Little known fact: Nancy lived and taught in Hampton, VA, before moving back to MI.
Rachel hails from the Grayling area in Northern Michigan and attended MSU, earning her degree in Elementary Education. She came to teach at Sylvan of Troy in July of 2012 and has already been named as a favorite tutor of some of our reading students! Rachel currently lives in Troy and, along with her boyfriend and her dog named "Brogus," she is fixing up her new house! Little known fact: When Rachel isn't working at Sylvan, she can be found at Anderson Middle School, working as their Intervention Specialist.
Shanna is yet another northern Michigander who was born in Sault Ste. Marie but grew up in Clarkston where she still resides. Shanna earned her degree from the University of Michigan in Flint where she studied elementary education with a major in science and a minor in math. She began working for the Troy Sylvan in September of 2012. When not teaching reading, math or writing at Sylvan, Shanna subs for the Clarkston Community school district. Shanna describes her family as "wonderful," and adds that besides her parents, she has a brother, sister-in-law and an AMAZING nephew named "Gavin," as well as 2 cats, "Lucy" and "Callie." Asked what she likes best about teaching here, Shanna says she loves that the students are positive and willing to do their best even after a long day of school. Little known fact: Shanna loves to sew and has been figure skating since before she was THREE years old!
Christy grew up in Lake Orion and lived in Fort Myers, Florida later where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at FL Gulf Coast University. When she's not tutoring at our Troy Sylvan, Christy is a training coordinator for Wright & Filippis, Inc. She enjoys running, biking, playing softball and hanging out with her dog, Hurley. Christy likes teaching reading and math at Sylvan because she enjoys seeing students succeed at something with which they've been struggling. Little known fact: Christy also enjoys rock climbing and obstacle racing!
Nicole joined Sylvan of Troy just this summer! She is a native Michigander, having grown up in Clinton Township, and she just returned from Georgia where she and her husband lived for the past 8 years. Nicole also has a 2-1/2 year old daughter named Madison and a yellow lab named Maizey. Nicole earned her BS in elementary education from Oakland University and taught elementary school for six years prior to having her daughter. When Nicole isn't tutoring at Sylvan, she loves to read, take long walks and travel. When she IS teaching at Sylvan, she loves the small group setting and the fact that she is teaching personalized programs in reading and math to achieve success with every child! Little known fact: Nicole rescued Maizey from a breeder. We LOVE that!
Megan grew up in Monroe, Louisiana and lived in Kansas and Chicago before moving to Michigan. She attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (along with a Montessori Certification). Megan came to teach at our Troy Sylvan location in 2013.
Besides tutoring students here at Sylvan in beginning reading, academic reading and writing, Megan teaches at Japhet School in Clawson. She has two boys at home -- Garrett is 2 and Grant is 12 -- and they have a dog named "Snow." Megan says she loves tutoring at Sylvan because she loves that "spark" that goes off in a child's eyes when he learns something for the first time!
Little known fact: Megan travels to Atlanta, Georgia, as often as she can to see family!
Kristi hails from Macomb Township where she's lived her entire life, with the exception of her college years which were spent in Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University. Kristi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education while she also studied early childhood ed., social studies and language arts. She joined us at Sylvan of Troy in 2013.
Kristi spends her spare time with her family and friends and enjoys reading, working out, listening to music and enjoying the sunshine outdoors!
When she's not teaching reading and writing at our Troy Sylvan Learning Center, Kristi is a guest teacher for area school districts.
When asked what she loves most about tutoring in Troy, Kristi says she loves working with smaller groups than classrooms and she LOVES teaching the elementary readers.
Little known fact: Kristi has a sister, a brother and a "soon-to-be" sister-in-law!
Jason joined Sylvan of Troy in 2013. He is a graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI and earned his BS in integrated science and elementary education. Jason grew up in a military family and has lived in 8 states but, since coming to Michigan 13 years ago, now considers HERE his home! Prior to becoming a teacher, Jason worked as a banker for several years. Even now, in addition to tutoring our reading and math students at Sylvan, Jason runs his own business specializing in collectables and toys. Jason likes teaching at Sylvan because "each day is fresh and interesting." Little known fact: Jason is a HUGE Star Wars fan and currently owns over 200 pieces of Star Wars memorabilia!
Haylie is a native Michigander, growing up in West Bloomfield and Troy. She is an Oakland University graduate, earning her B.A. in English, History and Secondary Education. Haylie joined Sylvan Learning of Troy in the fall of 2013 and, when she's not tutoring in reading, writing or math at Sylvan, she is a guest teacher at Troy High School.
Haylie and her husband live in Troy with their Parrot, Stormy, and often visit Haylie's parents and sister for family dinners. Haylie enjoys teaching at Sylvan because of the positive, happy atmosphere, and her favorite subject to teach is reading to our middle and high school students.
Little known fact: Haylie is very crafty and made all the bouquets at her wedding out of roses she fashioned with coffee filters!