Contact Information

New Students: (207) 773-0303
Current Families: (207) 773-6424
Fax: (207) 773-0255
Monday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

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!

Center Director, South Portland tutoring

Lydia Sherrie

Center Director

Originally from Lockport, New York, Lydia recently moved to Maine in January of 2010. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English as well as Vocal Performance from SUNY Geneseo. She also holds initial New York State certification in secondary English Language Arts grades 5-12 as well as a provisional teaching certificate in Maine for English Language Arts grades 7-12. In addition, she has a Master of Science in Education degree from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. She has had experience working in several different educational settings with students of all ages and abilities. She is thrilled to be a part of the Sylvan team!

Director of Education, South Portland tutoring

Becky Woodsum

Director of Education

Becky came to Sylvan in October of 2011 as a teacher and soon took on additional roles within the center prior to becoming the Director of Education the end of 2012. Being a native of the Portland area, Becky is thrilled to be educating our students and helping develop programs to suit their individual needs. Becky received a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Elementary Education from Endicott College and later went on to earn her Master's Degree in Education from UMass Boston. She holds her Initial Teaching Certificate Grades 1-6 in Massachusetts along with her Provisional Teaching Certificate Grades K-8 in Maine. Having worked with students of all ages, Becky is well suited at Sylvan, supporting all of our programs.

Education Consultant, South Portland tutoring

Amy Rush

Education Consultant

Amy has been with Sylvan Learning Center in several capacities over the last 15 years. Currently, she talks to new customers to let them know what Sylvan can do to help. She also manages our Facebook page and our center websites.  She holds a BS in Elementary Education from St. Joseph's College in Standish, ME and is certified to teach in the State of Maine.  Along with all her Sylvan accomplishments she is the mother of two young boys who keep her very busy. 

Teacher, South Portland tutoring

Stephanie Lennon


EDUCATION: Secondary Education English from the University of Maine at Farmington with a minor in Psychology

CERTIFICATION: Maine Certificate-English Language Arts Gr. 5-12

SUBJECTS TAUGHT: At Sylvan, I teach Academic Reading, Math, Study Skills, and Academic Writing. Outside of Sylvan, I am a substitute teacher at Thornton Academy, where I teach a variety of subjects at the high school level.

HOBBIES: reading, walking, watching movies, and going to amusement parks

FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING AT SYLVAN: My favorite part about teaching at Sylvan is interacting with the students. They are all so different and fun to work with.

Tutor, South Portland tutoring

Rick Colella


EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in American History; Phi Beta Kappa

CERTIFICATION: Maine Certificate – Social Studies Grades 7-12

SUBJECTS TAUGHT: Reading, Writing, Study Skills, and Mathematics

HOBBIES: Guitarist/ Singer/ Songwriter

FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING AT SYLVAN OF SOUTH PORTLAND: The students are great kids who really want to improve and get ahead of their studies.

Teacher, South Portland tutoring

Andrea Lavoie


EDUCATION: Andrea graduated from Wheelock College with majors in elementary education and American studies.

CERTIFICATION: Andrea has her initial teaching license in elementary education. She is currently working on her Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification (TEFL).

SUBJECTS TAUGHT: Andrea tutors Academic Reading, Beginning Reading, Math Essentials, Study Skills, and Academic Writing at Sylvan Learning of South Portland. Currently, Andrea is working as an education technician at a special education school in Scarborough. She has taught second and fourth grade math, ELA, and social studies in Boston Public Schools.

HOBBIES: In her free time, Andrea enjoys listening to live music, being outdoors, doing yoga, reading, and cooking.

FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING AT SYLVAN: I love getting to know my students and watching them develop understanding and confidence in academic areas they were previously struggling with.

Teacher, South Portland tutoring

Alex Smith


EDUCATION: BA Mathematics, University of Colorado

CERTIFICATIONS: AP Institute Certification to teach AP Calculus, BC, and AP Stats.

SUBJECTS TAUGHT: At Sylvan, I teach Math Essentials, Algebra, and Academic Support (including all upper level math courses)

HOBBIES: I enjoy sea kayaking, golf, and pottery.

FAVORITE PART OF TEACHING AT SYLVAN: My favorite part about teaching at Sylvan is watching students’ skills progress from one day to the next.