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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.

Allison PojanowskiAllison Pojanowski - Allison is our first tutor to specialize in social studies and her love of teaching, and the teaching of this subject area, is a gift for every one of her students. She earned a B.A. in History from Villanova and an M.A.T. in Social Studies from Boston University. Allison helps students in middle and high school learn and test well on every social studies topic from Civics and History to Human Geography and Contemporary Issues. This will be her 2nd year teaching Civics at Imagine. Allison comes to us as a satisfied customer as both of her young girls benefitted from our tutoring.

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.

SandySandy Williamson is our very wonderful Spanish tutor. She has 25 years of experience, including 18 years at the Freshman Learning Center. She has taught Spanish/English as a 2nd language in Adult Ed. and she continues to teach adults informally. (You will often see her at Panera’s doing so!) Sandy describes herself as a resourceful and enthusiastic teaching professional with a genuine interest in fostering every student's educational experience. I couldn't agree more!!! Sandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish/English from Barry University and a Master of Arts in Educational Supervision from Florida Atlantic University. We are so lucky to have her!!

Shelley1Shelley Rieman is a new “winter/spring” tutor who has a long career of teaching students of all ages in various settings in the Boston & Cambridge areas of MA, primarily as an ESOL teacher; she is ESOL-certified plus fluent in Spanish. Shelley has her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and her B.A. in Sociology from Miami University of Ohio. She, like many of our other tutors, arrived just in time (March 1, 2017) to help our students. We are glad to have her.

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.

Lacee GivansLacee Givans: We are thrilled to have Lacee join our team as another Exceptional Student Education (ESE) certified teacher of K-12 students. Her skills are enhanced by her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Harding University (KY). She is currently licensed as a Speech & Language Pathology Assistant and plans to work towards becoming a full-time Pathologist/Therapist. In the meantime, Lacee is well-placed to fulfill her passion of serving learning-different/learning disabled students in her 2nd year as Imagine’s K-5 ESE Teacher. Lacee is, very simply, wonderful with students!

Eric CropekEric Cropek: We are excited to have Eric bring his special skills to our team. He earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University and is certified to teach Pre-K – 4th grade in FL and PA. He has been teaching in Indian River County since 2015-16 school year and he loves those little ones as much as they love him. Now, in his second year at Imagine, he is a Co-Teacher for K and 1st, which allows him to work within the classroom to remediate skills individually and in small groups as needed. Eric is multi-talented and equally loves music. He plays in a band and hopes to be a full-time music teacher someday.

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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