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Sylvan Learning Center’s Joan Russell promoted to Vice President of Operations

UPSTATE, S.C.— Joan Russell of Sylvan Learning Center has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Operations.

Russell earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Bob Jones University, and her master’s degree in education from Walden University.

Russell has worked with Sylvan Learning Center since March of 2011. Most recently, she has filled the role of Center Director of Sylvan Learning Center in Spartanburg. For the last two years, Russell has also been Sylvan Learning Center’s Regional Director for the Western Carolinas, where she has overseen all of the Sylvan Learning Centers in the Upstate, as well as the acquired location in Asheville. Since 2013, Russell has played a large role in the expansion of Sylvan Learning Center in the Upstate from one location to three, and earned the first contract between Sylvan Learning Centers in the Upstate and a local school system.

As Vice President of Operations, Russell will manage the operations of Sylvan Learning Centers in the Upstate, Midlands and Asheville, and will assist in the continued growth of Sylvan Learning Centers in the Midlands and Asheville.

In addition to this promotion, Russell will be joining the Sylvan Learning Center board as an officer.

“I can think of no one better to fill the role of Vice President of Operations than Joan Russell,” said Amy Gardner, franchise owner of Sylvan Learning Centers in the Upstate, Midlands and Asheville. “She is a collaborator who works hard to ensure the best for our customers and team members, and I know that collaboration between the six Sylvan Learning Center territories will thrive with Joan focused on operational efficiency.”

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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