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Darien Sylvan Center Drives Student Success

In the 27 years she has owned Sylvan Learning Center in Darien, Gwynne Campbell has helped thousands of children succeed in school.

"I love teaching the five year olds to read and helping prepare the high school seniors for the SATs. I love the variety," she said.

That passion for teaching has not wavered throughout the years. Her mission is now, as it has always been, to help students realize their academic potential and she says she couldn't make that happen without the help of her trained tutors.

“Books are one thing, but the teachers who are passionate about working with the kids are who make it great."

When a student comes to Sylvan Learning Center for extra help, Campbell uses a diagnostic assessment to pinpoint the areas in which he or she might be struggling. For example, if she is working with an elementary school-aged child who is learning to read, the test results might be used to determine whether the student is having trouble with general comprehension or understanding figurative language.

There are also children who simply need the structure of a work space with no distractions, which is especially tough when everybody has a smartphone and a laptop. Since study sessions at Sylvan Learning Center are supervised, Campbell says students are better able to focus.

“I think I have always known what I wanted to do and I have always worked in education," she said.

Before she opened up the Darien location of Sylvan Learning Center in the early 1980s, Campbell worked at Greenwich Academy and the University of Virginia.

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