Sylvan Learning Center brings on new Director of Education

COLUMBIA, S.C. – After years of transforming young lives as a teacher, Sharon D. Smith will continue her impact as Director of Education at Sylvan Learning of Northeast Columbia.

Sharon D. Smith

Sharon D. Smith

Before receiving her teaching certification from the University of South Carolina, Smith earned her bachelor of science degree in technical management from Devry University in 2009. Throughout the process of achieving her teaching certificate in 2012, Smith served as a behavior specialist for the South Carolina youth Advocate Program, tutoring youths one-on-one in homes, schools and within the community. Smith is currently in the process of receiving a Master of Art Language and Literacy degree from the University of South Carolina.

From 2013 to 2019, Smith was employed with Horrell Hill Elementary School as a second grade early childhood teacher, team leader, ELA facilitator and USC coaching teacher. In her first, third and fifth years of teaching, Smith was nominated for Teacher of the Year.

With two franchise locations in the Midlands, Sylvan Learning Center has spent the last 40 years as the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Designed for students falling behind or wanting to get ahead, Sylvan offers a wide range of tutoring services to cover every subject as well as ACT and SAT preparation courses.

“Sharon’s years of involvement in the education field is guaranteed to enhance the Sylvan student experience,” said Amy Garner, franchise owner of Sylvan Learning Center. “We are thrilled to bring her onto our team.”

About Sylvan Learning Center:
With more than 40 years of experience and more than 750 points of presence throughout the world, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan also leads the way with Sylvan EDGE—STEM and accelerated courses and Sylvan Prep —college and test prep courses. Sylvan supports families through every stage of the academic journey. For more information, visit or


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