In 1999, Jenny and Evan were 13-year-old middle school students who were both were attending a Sylvan center in Indiana. Jenny was working on math and test-taking skills, while Evan was getting some help with math, reading comprehension and time-management skills.
Both students were loving their time at Sylvan, but neither knew that one day they’d end up falling in love with each other.
Jenny and Evan both went to the same middle school, but they didn’t actually meet until going to Sylvan. And while they recall the story of how they met differently, they both know it was in the Sylvan lobby.
“I definitely didn’t start talking to her. I was too shy at the time,” remembers Evan. “I do remember the first time I saw her in the lobby, though.”
“I saw him sitting next to his mom in the waiting room,” said Jenny. “I noticed his larger-than-life JNCO pants and Nirvana shirt … This was 1999 after all. I didn’t think he liked me because he would reply with one-word answers.”
The two lost touch for a couple of years but then reconnected when they were in their early 20s.
“When we met several years later, it took me by surprise to see him, and the first thing he mentioned was our time at Sylvan,” said Jenny. “He actually wouldn’t stop talking.
We haven’t stopped talking since. That was 12 years ago.”
Evan and Jenny have now been married “nine wonderful years,” and have two children and two dogs.
The impact Sylvan had on Jenny and Evan wasn’t only in their relationship, though. The couple both credit their academic and career success partially to Sylvan.
“[Sylvan] gave me a solid foundation to build on. I became more passionate about my schooling, which may have not happened without Sylvan,” said Jenny.
“I went on to become a licensed cosmetologist and am back in school currently to receive my bachelor’s.”
As for Evan, he says, “[Sylvan] gave me techniques to figure things out on my own.”
Evan always excelled at anything to do with technology, and he turned that passion into a career as a hardware engineer.
“You can truly accomplish anything you put your mind to with hard work and dedication,” says Jenny. “Our education has played a huge role in allowing this to happen.”
“I will never forget Sylvan. I always struggled in school and it gave me more confidence when I didn’t know what I was doing to reach out or raise my hand,” said Evan.