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Make Your Mark Learning Center



Make Your Mark in Life is a unique tutorial center providing academic instruction and empowerment coaching for students of all ages; pre-K to adult.  Please read about our Tutors below.

lyndaLynda Sloan Allen is a long-time teacher who provides tutoring in a wide variety of subjects, with students of all ages. She works especially well with students who face learning challenges and/or lack motivation and confidence. She helps young students develop reading skill and reading comprehension skills; especially those who have not learned with traditional methods. Lynda also teaches students how to develop their cognitive skills ~ the skills underlying all academic skills. Lynda focuses much of her tutoring efforts helping students prepare for the SAT and ACT exams as well. Lynda received her B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Miami. Lynda is the owner of Make Your Mark in Life and is approved to provide tutoring at St. Edward’s School.

Mary BurkinsMary Burkins - Many of you will recognize Mary as she has been an active member of our community in a variety of positions for years. Mary has worked with the Substance Awareness Center since February, 2006. Through the Center, she is starting her 5th year as a teacher of LifeSkills™ in our elementary and middle schools. She’s worked her way up from Broward County sharing her teaching, volunteering and empowerment skills all along the way. Mary is an inspiration for us all…always learning and creating new goals for herself. This year she will complete a Math Grades 5-9 certification, renew her teacher certification, continue her volunteer efforts and join us as a tutor. All the while supporting her daughter in her last two years at Charter High. She’s amazing and we are thrilled to have her be a part of our team.

Ruth ColladoRuth Collado: There is so much to say about this veteran who began her 45 year teaching career in Puerto Rico, then honed her teaching abilities in Massachusettes, and landed in Port St. Lucie in early 2000. Ruth got her B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Puerto Rico in 1972, her M.Ed. from University of MA in 1991 and her Literacy Coordinator Certificate from Lesley University (Boston, MA) in 2000. She has unlimited experiences with teaching elementary students as well as teachers and is even published! We are thrilled to have her as part of our team.

BJ Van HestBJ Van Hest: We are lucky to have BJ join us as a teacher who can help with our middle and high school, as well as college students; especially those who have different learning styles. She is certified for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) K-12 and with Middle School Integrated Curriculum that includes math, language arts, social studies and science. BJ also has endorsements in the areas of ESOL, Gifted, Writing and Reading. She got her BS Degree from the University of Maryland and has, literally, lived all over the world. She currently works as an adjunct professor at IRSC teaching GED. She worked for 15 years at St. Edwards, 11 years at Gifford Middle and another year at Storm Grove. She loves to help 

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Lynda Sloan Allen
1931 19th Place
Vero Beach, FL 32960

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