ABOUT

TLC Tutoring Co. opened in January of 2015 with a single goal: raising student's ACT/SAT scores to help them improve their educational opportunities without taking on the burden of student debt. As the families we served requested additional services, we began to expand our offerings to become a full-service tutoring company serving students PreK through Post Grad. Mr. Thompson became acquainted with the work of TLC Tutoring during his time working as a consultant in Jonesboro, and in January of 2019, he agreed to become part of the TLC Tutoring family bringing our services to Northwest Arkansas. Our talented team of instructors and support staff are dedicated to providing you with an outstanding educational experience. 

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Brandon Lercher
Office Manager

Mr. Lercher is the assistant manager of the Jonesboro office and a graduate of Beebe High School and is a Senior Education Major at Arkansas State University. He is a highly-trained ACT specialist with three years experience as an instructor and a strong history of moving scores and earning scholarships. As a member of the ASU Band, he is an accomplished trombone player and is president of the TKE Fraternity.

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Rashad Kirksey
Director of Media

Rashad Kirksey graduated from The Academies at Jonesboro High School and is a Senior at Arkansas State University. He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a  Pre-Law emphasis at Arkansas State University. Rashad currently serves as the President for the Student Government Association. While actively involved on campus, he also serves as a tutor and mentor through the Office of Diversity in their ACT Preparatory Camps and has served as a Pack Leader for Incoming  Freshman for the past three years. After graduation, Rashad plans to attend law school to obtain his Juris Doctorate while also studying Public Policy with hopes to one day become a Supreme Court Justice.

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Kaylee Crain
Instructor

Ms. Crain comes to us from Bay High School where she has served as assistant basketball coach and mentor. She is an active member of Nettleton Baptist Church where she has helped lead Vacation Bible School and mission trips for students. Ms. Crain's incredible ACT Scores, strong academic background, and years of educational and mentoring experience make her an incredible instructor and mentor for our students.

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Trenton Pennington
Instructor

Trenton Pennington holds a BS in biology and has over five years’ experience in education. He is dedicated to helping students with learning challenges by customizing  educational approaches to meet the needs of individual learners. When he is not teaching, Trenton explores research articles on educational techniques and studies mathematics, science, and philosophy. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family. 

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David Stroud
Instructor

David Stroud is a state certified teacher with 2 years experience, holding certifications for Middle school math and science, as well as a TEFL English certification. David specializes in elementary to middle education at TLC. A graduate of Arkansas State University, David was a member of the universities teachers organization and a member of the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity. With a passion to learn new things, and a drive to teach, David would love to help your child learn and grow.

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Ashly Addison
Instructor

Ms. Addison provides instruction and program planning for elementary and middle school students and designs curriculum for home school students. In addition to working at TLC, she is a full-time teacher at Annie Camp Junior High. When not working or teaching, she enjoys participating in her bowling league. She is a powerful advocate for children and education in the community. 

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Chasity Meredith
Instructor

Ms. Meredith is a graduate of Philander Smith college with a BSE in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Management Leadership. She currently teachers first grade at Lighthouse Charter School in Little Rock. When she is not teaching, she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

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Samuel White
Instructor

Sam is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in History. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and currently serves in the Arkansas National Guard. 

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John Thompson
Owner

Mr. Thompson is the Co-Owner of TLC Tutoring Co. and the director of our non-profit, the TLC Community Foundation. He holds a BA in Political Science from Arkansas State University. Mr. Thompson is an accomplished public speaker and panelist, speaking on a range of topics from intersectionality to economics. He is a three time International Public Debate Association National Champion, the former Arkansas Boys State Governor, and an active member of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

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Kyler Cowden
Instructor

Mr. Cowden is a graduate of Rivercrest High School. Upon graduation, he studied Mechanical Engineering at ASU where he was president of the Secular Student's Alliance. He is currently pursuing certification in computer and information technology. Mr. Cowden has been with TLC for two years and has helped hundreds of students earn scholarships and graduate debt free. 

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Callie Randle 
Head of Bookkeeping

Ms. Randle is the head of bookkeeping for our corporate office and provides instruction for students at our Jonesboro office.  She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and a long-time teacher. She has worked in Blytheville and West Memphis. In addition to her work at TLC, Ms. Randle is a trained grader for many standardized tests. Ms. Randle is also the voice of TLC, answering calls and scheduling appointments for our students.  Her ability to make complex problems simple and accessible makes her an invaluable resource for our students. 

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R. Roosevelte Williams III
Instructor

R. Roosevelte Williams III is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana. While enrolled at Philander Smith College, he served in numerous leadership capacities, including the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Student Government Association President, HBCU All-Star, and a charter member of the local chapter of the Black Men Collegiate 100 Chapter. He is a Fall 2016 Initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and has served as  Arkansas Assistant District Director and Southwestern Region Assistant Vice-President.  He was honored as the National College Brother of the Year in 2019. He also completed a year of service with AmeriCorps City Year Little Rock. Williams graduated from Philander Smith in May 2020 with a degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Political Science. He currently serves as Executive Assistant to the Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Philander Smith College and is studying for his Masters of Public Service at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Clinton School of Public Service.

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Olivia Peeler
Instructor

Ms. Peeler is a graduate of Jonesboro Public Schools and of Arkansas State University. Ms. Peeler is a lifelong resident of Jonesboro, Arkansas. She holds a BSE in Education, and she is a 5th grade teacher for Jonesboro Public Schools. Ms. Peeler's knowledge of reading and math instruction makes her an invaluable member of the TLC Team!

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Harrison Bruner
Instructor

Mr. Bruner is a graduate of Highland High School and a Junior at Arkansas State University.   He is pursing a B.A. in Music Performance, and is a part of the A-State bands.  He is an experienced ACT tutor who enjoys helping his students gain the confidence and skills they need to increase their scores.

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Jacob Oliver
Instructor

Jacob Oliver is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, where he taught English Literature and Language for five years. He holds an M.A. in English from the University of Washington and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. His experience includes tutoring students of all ages in English, history, philosophy, standardized test prep, AP coursework, and college admissions counseling.

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Max Carter
Instructor

Mr. Carter is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor's Degree in Political science. He has an extensive background working on political campaigns and in other community leadership positions. Max has lived in Europe, and when he is not teaching he loves to travel.